Kenneth A. Hoffman Jr., 1930-2014

HOWLAND – Kenneth A. Hoffman Jr., 83, of Howland, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Kenneth was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Warren, the son of Kenneth Sr. and Margaret Halkett Hoffman, who both preceded him in death.

Ken was a 1948 graduate of Champion High School and was a key player on the high school championship team.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, where he worked in the Port Security Unit.

Ken worked at Packard Electric from 1948 until his retirement 40 years later in 1988. He was a senior manager of product engineering, involved in both development and support of Packard Electric products both domestic and international, including Mexico, Spain, Italy, Germany and Ireland.

He was inducted into the Packard Electric Hall of Fame in 1995.

Many would know Ken as the longtime owner of Northwood Golf Club. Ken was the co-founder and co-owner of Northwood Golf Club in Champion, which he opened in 1965 with the late John Calderone. Ken built and managed the course for more than 40 years.

Ken also enjoyed community involvement by being a member of the Champion Optimist Club and a key supporter of Champion High School.

When Ken was not working, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He liked to golf and fish and will be remembered for his witty personality and humor.

Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Edith Khoenle; two sons, Dr. K. Douglas (Brittain) Hoffman of Fort Collins, Colo., and Ted M. (Michelle) Hoffman of Haymarket, Va.; two daughters, Debra H. (Willis) Gray of Pepperell, Mass., and Cathy A. Hoffman of Bristol, Va.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Carol (Adrian) Hovanic of Champion.

A private funeral service will be held at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Roberts-Clark Chapel in Warren, with interment to follow in the All Souls Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the American Lung Association, 6100 Rockside Woods Blvd., Suite 260, Independence, OH 44131.

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