James L. “Bud” Hoffmann owner of the Wood Barn, age 76, of Smithboro, formerly of Old Ripley, passed away at 6:08 a.m. at his home surrounded by his family on Friday, May 13, 2016.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home with interment following in Robinson Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Sunday and until service time on Monday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. For those who desire memorials in Bud’s memory may be made to the Bond County Hospice.
James Larry Hoffmann, the son of Harold Henry Hoffmann and Opal Marie Busch Hoffmann, was born on October 23, 1939 in Bond County. He attended the rural one room schools and the Pocahontas Schools. Early in life Bud worked at the Edwardsville Radiator Plant, then for Nance Auto Salvage and Complete Auto Transit. Bud was then self employed owning and operating his Body Shop in Old Ripley. Bud farmed in the Round Prairie neighborhood, then worked for B-Line. Bud and Rose operated the Wood Bard in Greenville and moved to Smithboro in 2011 where they operated it until 2015.
Bud and Rose M. Bare were united in marriage when both were 16 at the Old Ripley Church of Christ by Rev. Weaver and have enjoyed almost 60 years together. Rose survives as do their four children: James L. (Patricia) Hoffmann Jr. of Highland, Cheryl S. Forbes of Virginia Beach, VA, Anna M. Baumann of Old Ripley, Rhonda K. (Greg) Massey of Old Ripley, Bud’s two brothers: Harold Francis “Fuzz” Hoffmann of Panama, and Terry Lee Hoffmann and friend Debbie of Vandalia.
Bud is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Mindy Nicole (Matt) Miller, James Anthony Hoffmann, Jennifer Lynne Hoffmann, Scott Anthony Hoffmann, Jody Michelle (Shawn) Tillotson, Shannon Lee (Amanda) Hoffmann, William Bradley (Nicolee) Baumann, Christopher Baumann, Ashley Rose Massey, Nickolas (Danielle) Massey, and 10 great-grandchildren: Dejeah, William, James, Dean, Katie, Taylor, Alissa, Abbigail, Nathan, Liam. Bud is also survived by a grand-daughter in law Jamie.
Bud is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Opal Hoffmann, his great-grandson Lucian, and two sisters Diane Bare and Judith Kious.
Bud was formerly a member of the Gordon Masonic Lodge # 470 A.F. & A.M. of Pocahotas, and is a member of his Labor Union # 660.
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