James Robert Hoffman

December 20, 1927February 14, 2021

James Robert Hoffman, age 93, of Winter Haven, Florida entered into rest on Sunday, February 14, 2021. James was born December 20, 1927 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to Albert and Anna Hoffman.

Mr. Hoffman proudly served in the United States Army. He was a veteran of the Korean War and also worked as a food service instructor at Fort Jackson. James was a member of St. Matthew Catholic church as well as being involved with the Knights of Columbus for many years.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Frances, his parents, and three grandsons, James Holbrooks, Ricky Rhoades, and Carl Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman is survived by his children, Linda Holbrooks (George), Joseph Hoffman, Thomas Hoffman (Donna), Kenneth Hoffman (Sandra), and Jo-Ann Mathes (Gregory); grandchildren, John Holbrooks (Billie), Damien Hoffman (Lara), Joseph Hoffman II (Sonia), Heather Carnley (Ray), Caroline Diez, Michelle Hoffman, Paul Hoffman, Thomas Hoffman II (Rachel), Zackory Mathes (Jennifer); as well as 14 great-grandchildren, 4 great great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation for James will be held Friday, February 19, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, 645 W Central Ave, Winter Haven, Florida 33880 with funeral services to follow at 3:00 PM. A graveside service will occur Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Sunset Memory Gardens, 11005 N, US-301, Thonotosassa, Florida 33592.

Donations in Mr. Hoffman's name made be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Cornerstone Hospice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hoffman family.


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, February 20, 2021


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George Holbrooks

February 19, 2021

What a honor to be a son in law of this wonderful man. When I first met your daughter Linda, I was amazed at what a great Dad and Mother she had.

You truly were an awesome father to the family . A great friend to all of us, and always a barrel of laughs. Great cook, one of the USArmy's best.

Thank you for all you did for our country,family, and our God his son Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Rest in peace in hlHis presence.
We love you and will always remember your love of the whole Family.

Rest in peace we love you.

Your son in law. George WL Holbrooks.

Gregory Mathes

February 18, 2021

I came into your home 35 years ago to date your daughter. Being retired Army, you still welcomed this young Air Force Sargent with open arms.

You and the rest of the Hoffman clan opened your home, lives, and love to this young buck who was afraid of what he was getting into.

I look back and you became a second father to me. Your comforting advice and gentle nudges are always fondly remembered. I can never recall an angry word from you.

From the rolling of your own cigarettes, sitting at the dinning room table telling stories of Germany, and all the wonderful stories of years past. I will cherish my time with you and always remember your giving heart.

Play the slots in heaven and enjoy the jackpot.


Sandy Hoffman

February 18, 2021

Dad ,
I remember when I first came into this family. You told me that for me to be in this family I’ve gotta dunk with my coffee. ( Cookies, doughnuts etc .)Well Dad It’ll be 40 years this year, and guess what? I still don’t dunk! We’ve been looking after you for a little over ten years. And the last 18 months, had its ups & downs but we sure have a lot of Great memories! We love you Dad Rest In Peace. Heaven knows you deserve it.
Love ❤️

Tom Hoffman

February 18, 2021

Dad, Well they finally opened the door and let you in. You taught me a strong work ethic by example. I finally learned there were more then just three tools in a tool box. "red handled screwdriver, plier-clamps, and the needle nose pliers."

My fondest memory is how proud you were when Joe, Ken and I received our 4th Degree with the Knights of Columbus with you. You will be missed and always in my thoughts.
Love your #2 son, Tommy

JoAnn Mathes

February 18, 2021

You will be truly missed.

You taught me so much over the years such as: never walk away from a fight as long you don’t start it and don’t come home crying.

Our talks on the phone, watching and discussing the Hallmark channels movies, talking sports/politics (which sometimes we disagreed) and the many visits you made to helping with our Halloween Haunted houses will be missed. And of course our trips on the gambling boats and casinos.

You left me and our family very wonderful memories to last a life time.

Jo-Ann Hoffman Mathes

Jose Diez

February 18, 2021

To all the Hoffman's I send my condolences and love to you in this tough moment. I pray for your comfort and smile with you in the many great memories of an amazing man.
I remember the Ray's games on Sundays and the many conversations about life. I was blessed to have been part of you life and to enjoy your company. I know you are smiling, joking and playing cards with all those you missed in Heaven. Until we meet again.

Norma Jean McDarmont

February 18, 2021

To the Hoffman family, particularly Joe Hoffman and Heather & Ray, and Caroline and Alexis:
I am so sorry your "Peapa" had to leave this world and all his family. I am sure he is in being well taken care of in Heaven with all the angels. I know you will grieve for the absence of him but you had him for a long time. His life was a long and fulfilled life. He had his children, grandchildren, great grand children and his great-great grand children to fill his life. He will surely be missed. But death is a part of life we all have to face and it sounds like he faced it the way he wanted to. God give you peace and comfort in this time of sorrow.
Norma Jean & Richard McDarmont (Ray's Mom)

Jennifer Mathes

February 17, 2021

I'm so incredibly grateful that I got to know you for almost 13 years and become a part of such a wonderful family. You will be so missed, Pepa. Rest in peace. <3

Alexis Diez

February 17, 2021

You will be miss by all. You were a great Pepa. Thank you for all the laughter, smile, and great memories. Until we met again, I love and miss you.

Linda Holbrooks

February 17, 2021

Dad, I can't Express how much I will miss you. I want to thank you for being a terrific dad and leaving great memories. Kiss mom and Jimmy for me. Just know how much you are loved by all! I will love you forever, until we meet again... 💖💖💖