Clare Edward Hoffman

July 15, 1923April 21, 2021

Clare Edward Hoffman, age 97, of Keizer, Oregon passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

He was born on a farm near Watauga, South Dakota, to Edna and Charles Hoffman on July 15, 1923. He graduated from McIntosh High School in 1941 and matriculated to Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska. Interrupting his college education, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Aviation Flight Program during World War II. He served aboard the USS Nehenta Bay (CVE 74) as assistant air officer and at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., where he worked in Officers Records.

After an honorary discharge, he farmed and ranched near Morristown, South Dakota, for 19 years. During that time, he married Margery Meintsma of Maple Lake, Minnesota, and was blessed with three children: Claudia, Charles, and Betty.

Bringing his flying experience in the Navy back to the farm, he had an airplane equipped with skis for winter flying to deliver groceries and mail to snowbound farmers and flew teachers to their schools and patients to the doctor. He was also vice-president of the South Dakota Hereford Association. At age 43 he and his family moved to Greeley, Colorado, to attend the University of Northern Colorado and received BA and MA degrees. He taught at Astoria High School for the next 16 years. In retirement, he donated his time and talents to help build the new Bethany Lutheran Church and he and Margery taught English in Hiroshima, Japan. He was also a captain in the Oregon Civil Air Patrol.

His family and friends always appreciated his wonderful sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye when he was joking. His grandchildren loved to hear him tell stories from his childhood, his time in the Navy, and on the farm. For years he faithfully read his Bible daily and was a strong man of faith.

He was preceded in death by daughters Claudia and Betty, and his brother, Charles. He is survived by his wife, son, and 4 grandchildren.

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Kathy Olson

May 17, 2021

Dear Marge, Chuck and family,

I have such fond memories of Clare over the years since first meeting your family back in 1975. I still remember when we arrived in Astoria and how you were some of the first people that we met. Many years of a wonderful friendship!
I admired Clare's humble demeanor and his great sense of humor with a smile on his face. He was truly a great man of God and I always had such respect for him. It will be hard as he leaves a void for sure, but we look forward to the day when we will see him again, along with Claudia and Betty! May God give you His peace and comfort now and in the days to come.
In love and sympathy, Kathy Olson