Joseph C. Hoffman

July 17, 1934April 11, 2019

Major (retired) Joseph Charles Hoffman went home to be with the Lord and his heavenly family on April 11, 2019. He was born July 17, 1934 to Sidney and Mary (Gonyon) Hoffman in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Joe was a talented track star for the University of Wisconsin in the 1950’s winning many national championship medals and awards. He was a highly decorated Officer who proudly served his country for 20 years in the US Air Force as a Navigator, with 130 close air support combat missions in one tour in Vietnam, earning numerous awards including three Distinguished Service Crosses and 11 Air Medals. He called many places home over the years including Hawaii, South Dakota, Texas, Michigan, and Oregon. After retiring from the service, Joe served the Salem area as an award winning Realtor until his second retirement. Joe met the love of his life, his first and only wife, Patricia Louise Williams in 1958. They were married in Madlin, Missouri on April 23rd and together for over 60 years. Together they raised three sons: Joseph, Tracy, and Daren. Joe was a character and a true gentleman. He never gave up his passion for running. He set world records in Masters Track and could often be seen training at the Willamette University track. The greatest joy of retirement turned out to be his five grandsons: Luke, Grant, Owen, Samuel and Karsten. He and Pat also had a passion for traveling, taking several trips to Europe, Asia and Hawaii. He was preceded in death by his son Tracy Hoffman, his parents, and his brother Henry Hoffman. He is survived by his two sons: Joseph of College Station, Texas, Daren of Salem, sister Sharon Gigl of Grapevine, Texas, and many beloved grandsons, nephews, and nieces. A visitation & fellowship for Joe will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Howell, Edwards, Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors, 1350 Commercial Street SE, Salem, OR 97302. A funeral service will occur Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM, also at the funeral home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hoffman family.


  • Visitation & Fellowship Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Jennifer Hertel

April 18, 2019

I first met Joe when we moved to the neighborhood in 1996. While I didn’t know him as a best friend, I knew him as my neighbor that would wave hello always with a smile on his face. We would chat for a bit when we saw each other and I consider him a hero not only for his service to our country but because early in the morning on June 15, 2009, he happened to wake up and heard an unusual sound which happened to be the corner of our home on fire! He knocked loudly on our front door in time for us to get out of the house safely and got the fire department here soon enough to minimize the damage. I’ll never ever forget that morning- he saved our lives no doubt. My heartfelt condolences to Pat and all of his family.

Brad Victor

April 16, 2019

I was an Asst. Coach and then Head Track Coach at Willamette University when Joe was training for his Master's competitions. Joe was always welcome at the track and very courteous to other runners and coaches. Joe also helped me buy and sell my first home. The best way I can describe Joe? Joe was a good man, a good friend. To his his loved ones, my best wishes. Brad Victor

COL (Ret) David Mullins

April 15, 2019

I remember meeting Joe Senior at Fort Polk, LA while serving with his son, Major Joe Hoffman. Both Joe and his lovely wife, Patricia joined us for a festive Louisiana style dinner of boiled crawfish. Lots of great stories were shared with some awesome memories of a gentle and humble man who loved God, Country and Family. His legacy lives on in his family and all those who had the honor of meeting this great American. Rest easy Sir and enjoy running on the streets of Heaven with your son, Tracy!

Capt Daryl Gonyon

April 13, 2019

Joe influenced my life in so many positive ways. As a youngster, I looked up to him as a sports hero, as he was then one of the top ranked track stars in the entire state of Wisconsin. In the military we had several key involvements with each other. While he was at officers training school in 1957 at Lackland AFB Texas, I was on the other side of the base in enlisted training school. You can imagine the fuss when he came to visit me, I felt like royalty. He wanted me to tell him what barracks inspectors should look for as he was going to have to inspect some enlisted barracks! I declined, of course - :). We were together again in 1968 when I had the greatest honor of my military career when Joe flew to Lackland AFB to commission me as a 2nd lieutenant with my wife Lauretta proudly looking on. Riding around in a military staff car - two officers in one family together - was a moment never to be forgotten. We shared numerous memories of serving in Vietnam. A lifetime of positive memories involving a humble, yet awesomely strong gentleman.