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Virgil Hoffman

Virgil Hoffman

Virgil Hoffman, 92, of Sparta, IL; born August 19, 1922 in Hoyleton, IL; passed away on Monday, September 23, 2014 at Sparta Community Hospital in Sparta, IL.

Mr. Hoffman was a farmer. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sparta. Virgil loved the land and was passionate about farming and also enjoyed horses. He was a loving father and grandfather and liked to visit with his family and friends and tell stories.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Alvin and Viola, nee Hake, Hoffman . His wife Catherine, nee Gerling, Hoffman whom he married on October 3, 1942, and who passed away on September 6, 2003; and his sister – Gladys Beek.

He is survived by his children – Larry (Grace) Hoffman of Belleville, IL; Kent (Florence) Hoffman of Memphis, TN; Jeanine (Paul) Schmierbach of Knoxville, TN; Cathy (Bill) Norton of Sparta, IL. His grandchildren – Kara (Scott) Harbick; Jenee (Brett) Krug; Angela (Mark) Graves; Brent (Melissa) Schmierbach; Becky (David) Armstrong; Kris (Carrie) Hoffman; Stephanie (Bryan) Watt; Andrew (fiancé – Christine Meyling) Norton; Ryan (Molly) Norton; Jonathan (Amy) Norton; and fifteen great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Sparta; Tilden Scholarship Fund; Illinois Rural Heritage Museum.

Visitation: Friends may call at the First United Methodist Church in Sparta, IL on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Sparta, IL on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11:00am with Rev. Gary Feldman officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in the North Prairie Cemetery in Hoyleton, IL at 2:30pm.

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  1. Administrator says:

    Larry…You are so blessed to have your father in your life for so long.

    Posted by: Russ Keene – Collinsville, IL – Friend Sep 25, 2014

  2. Administrator says:

    We only knew Virgil for a short year and six months, and we regret that we did not know him longer. We connected to him through someone else while Virgil was in Naples. We invited him to our 5th annual tractor drive here at the Illinois Rural Heritage Museum which at the age of 90 was his first drive to be on. After that drive, Virgil became a close friend and visitor to the Museum.

    Posted by: Charles and Mary Greer – Pinckneyville, IL – Good friends Sep 25, 2014

  3. Administrator says:

    We were so sorry to read of Virgil’s passing. His entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Looking at this picture of him brings a smile to my face remembering how he treated me as a lifelong buddy, even though I was introduced to Catherine and Virgil through Tuna, my golf partner, after we had moved to Florida in 1990. I really enjoyed his friendliness, his straight forwardness, and his genuine personality.

    Posted by: Terry Beggs – Port Charlotte, FL – friend of Virgil, Cathy and Bill Sep 25, 2014

  4. Administrator says:

    Leave a condolence or a memory.

    Posted by: Florence Hoffman – Memphis, TN – daughter in law Sep 26, 2014

  5. Administrator says:

    Our condolences to you at this time.

    We feel that we were blessed to know and enjoy Virgil and Catherine.

    God’s Blessings to you, his family.

    Posted by: Roger and Esther Draves – Friends Sep 27, 2014

  6. Administrator says:

    We just returned from a trip and learned of Virgils passing. Many fond memories of quail & pheasant hunting with Virgil as well as the several times that I rode with him to the Stockyards in National City at 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning…….no problem staying awake as Virgil was always one for “Conversation”……..he will be missed by many, but the memories will endure.
    Please accept our deepest sympathy.

    Rob & Charlotte Shaw

    Posted by: Rob & Charlotte Shaw Sep 28, 2014

  7. Administrator says:

    I was sorry I couldn,t attend the funeral but I use a rolator walker. I remember wend we went to Florida for a few weeks and we had lunch with Virgil and had great conversations with him.v84gy

    Posted by: Frances Soittler Luft – Creve Coeur, MO – cousin Oct 17, 2014

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