Gary Hoffman


A Celebration of Life for 78-year old Gary Hoffman of Chadron, NE, will be held at a later date after coronavirus rules are eased or ended. Gary passed away at the Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, NE on April 6, 2020.

Gary’s family has asked that memorials be designated to the Chadron Volunteer Fire Department. Anyone wishing to bring something to Gary’s widow, Betty, should be aware she is allergic to flowers, so please bring her a plant, or some other item.

Gary L. Hoffman was born July 6, 1941 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Carl Joseph Hoffman and Olivia Marie Sitzman Hoffman. He attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary and Heelan High School in Sioux City, graduating in 1959. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served three years active duty and one year in the Reserves before being honorably discharged in 1964.

Following his Navy service, Gary worked two part-time jobs at Harvey’s Laundry and the Corner Store in Sioux City. During his employment, he met Betty Zeisler and they married August 10, 1964, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

After Gary’s promotion at the Corner Store, he was transferred to Winner, S.D., for one year, then to Atlantic, Iowa and finally in 1969 to Chadron, NE., to manage the Ideal Market. He and Betty decided they liked the area and felt it was a good place to raise their children, so when it was time to transfer again, he resigned. He worked at the Safeway store for a year, then was hired in 1979 by the City of Chadron and worked there until he retired in 2004.

Gary had a great love for the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, yard work, NASCAR, baseball, football and stamp collecting. He was proud of his service in the Navy and the nine years he spent as a Chadron Volunteer Fireman.

He spent the last 4½ years of his life at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, NE, and always enjoyed visits with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends.

Gary is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Hoffman of Chadron; five children: James (Holly) Hoffman of Basin, Wyo.; Carol (Dave) Porter, Sidney, Neb.; Charles (Rachel) Hoffman, Sidney Neb.; Jody (Josh) Rudloff, Crawford, Neb.; and Craig (Tara) Hoffman, Chadron. Neb. Thirteen grandchildren: Phillip, Joseph and Hannah Hoffman; Christopher, Abbigail, Maddison and Mitchell Porter; Kaitlin, Kylah and Carter Rudloff; Brooklynn, Jayce and Bryce Hoffman; brothers-in-law Barry Bliven, Sioux City, Iowa; Donald Zeisler, Omaha, Neb.; sisters-in-law Arlene Hollander, Sioux City, Iowa; Tootie Harris, Breezy Point, Minn.; and nephew Kristopher Bliven, Sioux City, Iowa.

Preceding him in death were both his parents, brother Charles, sister Valanne Bliven, brothers-in law James Zeisler, Robert Zeisler and Douglas Hollander, father-in-law Everett Zeisler and mother-in-law Nellie Zeisler.
Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements.