Wilbur Raymond Hoffman, 88, of Clay City, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at his residence.
He was born July 13, 1918, in Sugar Ridge Township to Leonard and Dixie Crafton Hoffman, who preceded him in death. He was married for 54 years to Gladys Modesitt Hoffman, who preceded him in death in 1995.
He was a resident of Clay City for over 60 years. He was retired from Bryant-Poff Manufacturing Co. He also served as the Clay City Co-Op manager and branch manager of the Co-Op for many years. He was a member of the Clay City Masonic Lodge, Shrine Valley of Terre Haute, Indianapolis Scottish Rite, and Past Worthy Patron of the Clay City O.E.S., Clay City American Legion, the Clay City Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wabash Valley Power Squadron, and the Scampers Camping Club. He was honored with the title of Kentucky Admiral several years ago. He also belonged to the White River Valley Antique Club, Florida Flywheelers and the Portland Antique Club. He served over 47 years on the Clay City Volunteer Fire Department He served his country in the army field artillery during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for his valiant service. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Clay City. He enjoyed his family, traveling and his antique tractors and engines.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Janet (Herschel) Sweet of Washington, Ind., and Jean Hoffman of Greensburg, Ind.; two grandchildren, Junior (Carrie) Sweet of Washington, Ind., and Michelle (Tim) Murdock of Kendallville, Ind.; and one great-grandson, Bryant Sweet of Washington, Ind. He is also survived by two brothers, J.C. (Dorothy) Hoffman of Terre Haute and Max (Helen) Hoffman of Covington, Ind. There are several nieces and nephews who survive. A very special friend, Maxine Neeley of Greencastle also survives.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 Eighth St., Clay City. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Riley. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. with Masonic Services at 7:30 p.m. Military graveside rites will be provided by the American Legion and VFW, Clay City Posts. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Clay City Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.