Jerome “Jerry” Hoffman

Jerome “Jerry” Hoffman, age 59, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Monday, July 27, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating.  Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 30 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home with the Rosary at 7:00 PM.  Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Jerome John Hoffman was born October 3, 1960, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Harry and Gertrude (Atkins) Hoffman.  He grew up in Sioux Falls where he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1978 and then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  On October 13, 1984, Jerry married his soulmate, Kathleen Cronin in Sioux Falls.  They first met as Kindergarteners at Robert Frost, then attended grade school at St. Mary’s and were best friends. Jerry and Kathy became high school sweethearts where Jerry played basketball, and Kathy cheered him on. After their wedding, they made Yankton their home. Jerry worked at Vishay Dale Electronics for 37 years. He became the Director of Engineering and traveled around the world.  He retired on July 17, 2020.  Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family going camping, hunting, fishing, golfing, and relaxing with a good book and music. He treasured the time spent with his family, and always stated how his family was his proudest achievement. Jerry had a strong faith in God and was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kathy Hoffman of Yankton; six children: Steve Hoffman of Yankton; Liz (Mike) Arndt of Sioux Falls; Chris (Stephanie) Hoffman of Yankton; Evan Hoffman of Spokane Valley, WA; Danny Hoffman of Yankton and Janie Hoffman also of Yankton; four brothers and  three sisters:  Patty Kopp of Sioux Falls, Robert (Betty) Hoffman of Lennox, SD, Bill (Barb) Hoffman of Harrisburg, SD, Jim Hoffman of Watertown, SD, Mary Rochel of Elkton, SD, Betty (John) Lodes of Lincoln, NE, and Joe (Monica) Hoffman of Sioux Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, John and Jane Cronin, brothers-in-law, Dave Kopp and Bob Rochel; and sisters-in-law, Deb Hoffman and Pam Hoffman.

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6 response to "Jerome “Jerry” Hoffman"

  1. By: Brian, Marie, Aaron, Charlie & Will Steward Posted: July 29, 2020

    It is with shock and deep sadness that we send our heartfelt condolences to you upon learning of Jerry’s passing. We have enjoyed watching your children grow-up over the years and have always treasured and valued our friendship with your family. Jerry was truly a class-act and we will miss him. Please know that we will keep Jerry and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace, Jerry.

    Brian, Marie, Aaron, Charlie & Will Steward

  2. By: Rita Dozal Posted: July 29, 2020

    We are so sorry. The loss of a husband, father, and brother is never easy but especially so when many memories are yet to be made. May God bless and guide Jerry on his journey. We have always felt a sense of comfort when hearing the benediction below—it was given after every Communion service in our church and at my dad’s funeral. May this blessing provide your entire family with some comfort and peace.
    May the LORD bless you and keep you.
    May the LORD smile upon you and be gracious to you.
    May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
    and grant you peace.
    Numbers 6:24-26

    Deepest sympathies,
    Aunt Bernice Albers Lovrien
    Cousin Rita and Frank Dozal

  3. By: Steve Baumberger Posted: July 30, 2020

    My sincere condolences to the entire family. Jerry was my supervisor in the late 90s when I worked at Vishay. He was always professional, courteous, and respectful in the way he went about daily work. Rest if God’s peace Jerry.

  4. By: Katie Baldwin Posted: July 30, 2020

    Kathy and family and my friends Bill and Barb: Although my words can do little, I do hope that my caring and support and prayers will let you know that you are in my heart. I know that the Lord is holding Jerry in his arms and I pray that all of you might feel His arms around you as well, loving you and, in His time, bringing you peace. God bless you all.
    Prayers, love, and sympathy,
    Katie (Barnett) Baldwin

  5. By: Jens Walther Posted: August 3, 2020

    I am very sorry about your loss. I will always remember Jerry’s hospitality and support when staying at Vishay in Yankton.
    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
    With sympathy,
    Jens Walther

  6. By: Eugene Gorsett Posted: August 4, 2020

    Kathy and family, So sorry for your loss. You have my sympathy. What a shock when I heard the news as he was way too young. It seems like yesterday that we were working at Dale/Vishay Yankton. The video shows the wonderful memories you have of your life with Jerry. May you have peace. My condolences. Gene

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