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Ruth Hoffman

Ruth A. Hoffman, age 75, of St. Cloud, formerly of Kandiyohi, died Sunday, December 17, at her home in St. Cloud.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Kandiyohi.  Interment will be in the Spicer City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, at the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Civil Air Patrol - Hutchinson Division (MN Wing Civil Air Patrol 6275 Crossman Lane, Inver Grove Heights, MN   55076).  www.petersonbrothers.com

Ruth Anne Hoffman was born on April 8, 1942 in Emmetsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Daniel and Bessie (Garrett) Gunn.  She grew up in Emmetsburg and moved with her family to the Spicer area where she completed her education and graduated from Willmar High School in 1960.  In  1961 she was married to Harley Hoffman and they made their home in Atwater until 1976 and then she moved to the Paynesville area.   She worked at St. John's University until 1985, then the Paynesville School District.  Ruth moved to Kandiyohi and worked for Willmar Plumbing and Heating and later at Haug Implement, retiring in 2011.   Ruth also worked as a relief Postal Officer at post offices in the Willmar area and the DAC in Kandiyohi.  She continued her education in St. Cloud State receiving a BS degree in Applied Science.  Ruth was an avid flyer, receiving her pilot's license at the age of 55.  She was the Commanding Officer of the Willmar Civil Air Patrol and flew countless search and rescue missions and trained cadets and earned the rank of Lt. Colonel.  Ruth loved spending time with her family, her grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed square dancing and traveling.

She is survived by two children, Randy (and Kathi) Hoffman of Leonardtown, MD and Brenda Hoffman of St. Paul; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Also surviving is one brother, Daniel Gunn of Spicer and two sisters, Phyllis Wilken of St. Cloud and Betty Thurston of Watkins, besides other relatives and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Cindy Gunn

Cemetery Details

Spicer City Cemetery
577 Agnes Street West
Spicer, MN, 56288



DEC 21. 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


DEC 22. 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Ebenezer Evangelical Lutheran Church

610 Atlantic Avenue West PO BOX 356

Kandiyohi, MN, US, 56251


Funeral Service

DEC 22. 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Ebenezer Evangelical Lutheran Church

610 Atlantic Avenue West PO BOX 356

Kandiyohi, MN, US, 56251


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Red & White Sympathy Floor Basket was purchased for the family of Ruth A. Hoffman.

December 18, 2017 at 01:59 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

One of the most memorable times I remember with Ruth was when she flew to Lincoln, Ne. and she took me up flying with her and we flew over my home town in Kansas. What a beautiful memory that created for me. Flying with her was a special time! Char Jacobson

Char Jacobson - December 18, 2017 at 10:47 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Bill and Darlene Baker and Diane Tinnes purchased the Florist Choice Bouquet for the family of Ruth A. Hoffman.

Darlene A Baker - December 19, 2017 at 01:06 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I have wonderful memories as when I was in Civil Air Patrol in high school as Ruth was one of the adult leaders. She was so passionate about helping the young cadets learn about the Civil Air Patrol and helping cadets increase their rank within the organization. She had a kind soul an was optimistic about everything about life in general. Blessed be her memory.

RIch Taylor - December 20, 2017 at 11:43 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Ruth and I became friends in high school and even tho I moved to Washington state in 1962 our friendship remained over the years. We could laugh together and we could cry together sharing out lives with each other. I treasure her friendship and cherish her memory.Karen Brandt Buchman

Karen Buchman - December 28, 2017 at 01:51 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM