Ralph Hoffman

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Ralph Hoffman
February 15, 1938 • September 15, 2019

Ralph Hoffman, 81, of Appleton, Minnesota (formerly of rural Danvers) died Sunday, September 15, 2019 in Appleton Area Health Services - Care Center.  Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 21 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holloway.  Pastor Donald Klatt officiated.  Burial was in the Appleton City Cemetery.

Ralph Raymond Hoffman was born February 15, 1938, in Tara Township, Swift County, Minnesota to parents, Verner and Alvina (Giese) Hoffman.  He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township.  Ralph was raised near Danvers and attended school at District #50 through the eighth  grade.  He then attended Holloway High school, graduating in 1956. 

March 25, 1957, Ralph was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Schuerman, at the Little Brown Church, Brookings, South Dakota.  This union was blessed with almost 59 years of marriage and two children: Brenda and Danny.

He enjoyed playing high school football and was an avid fan of many sports.  In 1956, Ralph enlisted in the MN National Guard, obtaining the rank of SP4, being honorably discharged in 1959.  Ralph enjoyed farming and raising feeder cattle and pigs, near Holloway, until his retirement in 1997, when he and Marilyn built a house and moved to Danvers.  He enjoyed doing his own mechanical repairs on equipment.  He was an avid bowler for many years and enjoyed both winter and summer sports including throwing on a horseshoe league and lawnmower tractor pulls.  Loving the harvest of a large garden, the dimensions of its canvas seemed to grow each year after the plow made its annual pass.  Spending time with family and friends was always an important part of daily living.  Many a time working at various Holloway Summerfest and Swift County Fair activities fulfilled his days.  He was a lifetime church member of Trinity-Fairfield and Immanuel-Holloway, serving in various roles, including Head Usher and Elder.  Ralph was also a proud member of AMVETS Post #151 in Appleton.  He enjoyed snowmobiling, reading, and playing the card game “Peanuts.”

Ralph is survived by his children: Brenda (Warren) Carpenter of Park Rapids and Dan (Julie) Hoffman of Worland, WY; three grandchildren: Alexa (Hoffman) and Jeremy Davis of St. Joseph, Dane Hoffman of New Ulm and Krista Carpenter of Moorhead; two great-grandchildren, Rory and Thea Davis; and step-great-granddaughter, Danielle Davis; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hoffman of Benson; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his parents, Verner and Alvina (Giese) Hoffman; brothers: Milton, Val Gene, and Roger Hoffman; and sisters: Marlys Sather and Shirley Schmidt.  Blessed be the Memory of Ralph R. Hoffman.  Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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