Obituary for Gordon Oliver Hoffman

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Jesus took Gordon "Gordy" O. Hoffman of Onalaska by the hand on February 6, 2017 at the V.A. Medical Center in Tomah, WI. He was born February 4, 1923 in Sparta Wisconsin to William and Hilda (Niebuhr) Hoffman. Gordon was inducted into the Army on December 15, 1942 and served with the 14th Armored Division during WWII. He was captured on New Year's Day 1945 and spent 4 1/2 months as a German P.O.W. in Stalag 4-B. He was liberated by the Russians on April 1945 but was held by the Russians 30 days before being released to American Forces.
Gordon and his parents started in the Mobil Home Business in 1946. The business began his life's work. His brother, Daniel joined the family business after completing his tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force.
Gordon was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, The 14th Armored Division Association, and the Ex-POW Association. The word "Freedom" meant everything to Gordy and he often reminded people of how great America is.
He is survived by six nieces and nephews, Lynn, Kim, Steve, Sharon, Dan Hoffman Jr., and Paul Hoffman, two cousins; Lee (Dorothy) Strozinsky, and Rita (Niebuhr) Burnstad, and a special friend of many years, Margaret Ewert.
He was preceded in death by his parents William, and Hilda Hoffman, his brother Dan and infant son, William.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1201 Avon Street, La Crosse, WI. The Reverend David Leistekow will officiate and internment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date, when Gordy's beloved blue waters and forests are lush and green again. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. The Dickinson Family Funeral & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Gordy would appreciate any memorials to be given to Luther High School in Onalaska, WI or the Gundersen Foundation for Cardiac Research.
Epitaph for a Man named "Gordy"
Gordy was truly a unique man as many will attest. He was a strong, proud and hard working man. He had "nimble" and "creative hands" which would do almost anything he asked them to do until a general deterioration of health and dementia challenged him. In recent years Gordy wasn't the same Gordy many knew when he was flying his Cessna catching and shore lunching on cold Canadian caught walleyes. Winning a State Yodeling Championship at the Milwaukee German Fest with his friend Jim Strehlke was a highlight as was singing and yodeling with his friend Bert Gasch. Gordy was fortunate to have a host of caregivers at the Tomah V.A. Medical Center. Those caregivers made every effort to help him through the challenging final chapter of his life. Gordy wants to thank those V.A. caregivers for their help and concerned care. "You all are truly compassionate care givers- Thank you all." Rest in Peace Gordy, you've earned your final ride into heaven with Jesus! "Let Her Roar Gordy!"