Ralph William Hoffmann

Born: Sat., Jul. 31, 1926
Died: Fri., Sep. 28, 2018


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 02, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 03, 2018
Location: Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., Oct. 03, 2018
Location: Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center

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Ralph William Hoffmann passed away Friday, September 28, 2018. He was born to the late William L Hoffmann and Margaret (Peggy) Sanders on July 31, 1926 at Indianapolis. Ralph was married to Irma Elofson January 1, 1947 in Indianapolis until her passing in 1978. He was then married to Virginia (Ginny) Garner August 14, 1981 in Indianapolis and she survives.  

Ralph was a loving father to his children; Beverly (Jim) Dillow, Deborah (Bob) Shoemaker, Garry (Leanna) Hoffmann, Larry (Rita) Hoffmann, and Ron (Tamara) Hoffmann. He is also survived by his stepsons  Joseph (Judy) Laster, Christian (Nancy) Laster and Dane (Tammy) Laster.

He and Ginny were extremely proud to claim 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Grandchildren- Brandon Hoffmann, Lauren Hoffmann, Erika Hoffmann, Olivia Hoffmann, Connor Hoffmann, Evan Hoffmann, Keenan Hoffmann, Tyler Hoffmann, Brian Dillow, Jennifer Clymore, Julie Burdine, Beth Barrett, Braxton Laster, Brayton Laster, Bryn Laster, Joseph Laster, Jessie Laster, Jake Laster, Charlie Laster, Elizabeth Laster, and Ben Laster. Great grandchildren - Easton Hoffmann, Carden Hoffmann, Wyatt Hoffmann, Elynn Hoffmann, Cora Beth Hoffmann, Miles Hoffmann, Felix Hoffmann, Hayden Burdine, Colin Burdine, Taylor Barrett, Jake Barrett, Brayden Dillow, Bryann Dillow, Karsyn Clymore, DJ Clymore, Katie Laster, Jackson Laster, Sara Laster, Joey Laster, Lilah Laster, Alice Laster, and Jordan Laster

Ralph was honored to be a World War II veteran serving in the Pacific Theater in the Philippines. Ralph was also a dedicated employee of Peerless pump serving as an engineer for 43 years where he met his second wife, Ginny.  She lovingly shared stories of Ralph’s reputation as the “go to” expert on vertical pumps.  He made many friends there and enjoyed a rewarding and accomplished career.

Ralph was an accomplished jack of all trades.  His father, Chief Mechanic for the Indiana State Police taught him to work on and rebuild car motors.  Many of his early cars were those he had purchased and rebuilt.  As a young husband, faced with a growing family, Ralph decided the best way to accommodate their needs was to purchase property in the southside suburbs and over a couple of years, he and his father built a new home.  It was always a source of pride for his entire family that he remained in the home for the remainder of his life.

An especially fond memory the elder children have is a family vacation adventure to California in the summer of 1966.  Ralph and Irma packed up the kids and a homemade pop up camper and began the long trek across country to visit the many sights along the way and visit Irma’s sisters once in California.  After a fun, however arduous and exhausting journey, once returning home and settling back into normalcy, the children were presented with ‘Surprise! You are going to get a new brother or sister!”  Ron was born in May, nine months after that wonderful vacation.

Ever the “tinkerer”, it was rare to find him discard an appliance or anything that might be repaired.  He shared many of his talents with various family members and all appreciated his vast knowledge.

He was a devoted son and brother.  As his parents reached their twilight years, he and Ginny would embark on adventures with them, spending weeks in Myrtle Beach during the winter months, or taking them to Virginia to stay with family and visit the Washington DC monuments.  He was especially moved to be able to visit the World War II Memorial.  He was extremely proud of his military service.

Special note must  be made of his close bond and devotion to his younger sister.  JoAnn was born with Cerebral Palsy and valiantly struggled throughout her life with her physical disabilities.   Ralph was a loving and gentle brother, all his life attending to her needs as he could and remaining a lifelong support.  In spite of her challenges, she lived for 86 years and spent most of her final years living and being cared for in the home next to her brother and his loving wife, Ginny.

The Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Calling will be Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Wednesday  from Noon until the hour of service at the mortuary. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorial Gifts have been suggested to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Valerie Crabill
   Posted Sun September 30, 2018
Dear Hoffmann family,
I know that this is a very sad time for all of you. I didn't know Ralph very well, but I have been witness to the loving care you have showed throughout Ralph's last years. He was surely a lucky man to have enjoyed the love and care of so many. Peace and fond memories to all of you.

Patricia Gladish
   Posted Sun September 30, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about Ralph I can't believe we've all gotten this old time sure gets away from you. Stay strong I'll keep you in my prayers I think of you often

George and Janice Nickolson
   Posted Mon October 01, 2018
Our hearts and prayers go to you and your family. learning of the passing of your father. Wishing the Hoffman and extended family peace during this difficult time.

   Posted Mon October 01, 2018
Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. Barrett’s

Duane sorrells 2824 wade st indpls in 46203
   Posted Tue October 02, 2018
Sorry to here about your dad! Good luck to you and your family in the years ahead

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