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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Joseph Hoffman

Joseph D. Hoffman

Sunday, May 1st, 1960 - Sunday, June 20th, 2021
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Joseph David Hoffman, 61, of Vermillion, SD passed away Sunday, June 20 in Avoca, Iowa.
Joseph David Hoffman born May 1, 1960, in Viborg, SD to Geraldine (Johnson) Hoffman and Joseph B. Hoffman, went peacefully in his sleep to his heavenly reward on June 20th. Joe spent the early years of his life living on his maternal grandmother’s farm, located just south of Centerville, SD. It is from her he learned his strong faith, love of antiques, baking, cooking and flair for entertaining. It was her guiding hand that led him to be such a positive role model to his grandchildren and countless others.
He graduated from Beresford High School in 1978, from there he went on to Southeast VoTech to pursue a degree in Horticulture/Landscaping. Following his graduation from Southeast he was employed at the University of South Dakota as a Landscape/Gardener. One of the highlights during his time with USD was having the honor of designing the Shakespeare Garden.
While employed at USD he met the love of his life Shawn (Sampson) Hoffman. They were married 1 year and a day from the day they met. They celebrated 32 years of marriage on June 16th. When he married Shawn, he also became dad to Kimberlee Bea and Kristopher Lee and eventually adopted them as his own.
Following their marriage, he was hired at the Federal Prison Camp (FPC) in Yankton, SD as the Horticulture Instructor, where he remained until his retirement in 2017. While at FPC he mentored hundreds of men. Men under his guidance created many memorable garden designs on the FPC compound and in communities in the surrounding area. In addition to working at FPC, he with business partner Penny Reed, traveled the country buying and selling antiques. He also took great pride in the landscaping and gardening of his yard.
In recent years, the true light of his life was the time he spent with family and in particular his grandchildren. Retirement for Joe involved giving his grandchildren daily rides to school, teaching them to cook, bake and providing a weekly family history night.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Shawn, daughter Kimberlee (Hoffman) Brown and son and daughter-in law Kristopher and Becky Hoffman. His shining glories grandchildren: Gage, Shayleen, Masen, Kayley, Gabrielle, Isabelle, Mercedes, Tarynn, Siri, Marley, Kristopher Jr., Benjamin, Leeland and great grandchildren Steven, Emersyn and a baby girl due in September.
Joseph is also survived by sister Kathy and sister-in-law Ruth. He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Those closest to Joe knew that nothing was more important than his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, brothers Ronnie and Bill, in addition to other cherished family members. He has been happily reunited in heaven with family members and his pets.
Due to poor Internet quality the memorial service will be recorded and uploaded to immediately following the service.
Any memorials received will be divided between Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, Clay County Historical Society and the creation of a scholarship at Mount Marty College.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 25th, 2021 | 5:00pm
    Friday, June 25th, 2021 5:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
    1120 E. Main St.
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    Prayer Service will be at 7:00 PM
  • Service

    Saturday, June 26th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 26th, 2021 1:00pm
    Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church
    45918 308th Street
    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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    Memorial services will be recorded and then posted to Facebook due to poor WIFI at the church.
  • Interment

    Holland Cemetery
    Hwy 19A
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    Ashes will be buried privately at a later date.


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Scott Latendresse

Posted at 08:33pm
Scott Latendresse: Los Angeles, CA.
Where to start? Joe D (as I knew him in our early years in Beresford, SD) was truly one of a kind. God broke the mold when Joe was born; never to be duplicated. A kind and passionate man that considered all a friend; that was our Joe. I cherish these past few years as we reconnected and shared both happy, sad and painful life events together. Joe impacted in such positive ways the people that were so fortunate to have crossed his path. My sympathies and sincere condolences to Joe's family and friends that are dealing with this sudden great loss in their lives. Joe-isms that I shall fondly remember are; cosmos, limoncello, silver patterns, lefse, gardening, cooking ,baking, his passion for antiques and of course his love for Pickle Casters. "Pickle Casters for EVERYONE" I say! RIP my friend knowing your time and journey on earth was (although cut short) an extremely fruitful one.

Dana Jodozi

Posted at 09:24pm
There are so many things that Joe taught me…here are just a few…1) Give people a chance and then give them another. 2) Use the real silverware and good dishes - celebrate even the most ordinary of days. 3) Lemoncello is an acceptable chaser for Akvavit. 4) Hold onto traditions and pass them on to others - if you don’t have any, it is never too late to start some. 5) Find your passion. Commit to it. Share your knowledge. 6) Never turn down the opportunity to have lunch with friends. 7) Only we can prevent forest fires. 8) Plant tulips! Joe gave me some last fall and said they were orange as he knew I started an orange flower bed - he also didn’t like using orange in landscapes so I was surprised he even gave me some. He had the last laugh as the orange tulips came up pink ;) well played, Joe! 9) The only exception to not using rea butter is when you make Rice Krispie bars. 10) Be the friend who tells people that their zipper is down or they have something ju I got on their face or that there is chalk dust someplace it should not be! 11) Prioritize! 12) Never let yourself experience two bad days in a row - you can have one and then it is up to you to make the next day better! Rest my friend! Take care of all from up above!

Darcy Myrmoe

Posted at 08:26pm
With deepest sympathy. Will miss a great friend and Antique dealer. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers . Duane and Darcy
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Terry Stull

Posted at 05:36pm
Shawn and family,
I was sad to hear of Joe's passing. I have been teaching Business classes for Mount Marty at FPC since 2008. Joe was about three months older than me so we had much in common. I will miss his sense of humor and his sense of hospitality. I'm sorry I am unable to attend as we have family in town from multiple states. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Terry Stull

Trudy Christenson Anthofer

Posted at 05:02pm
Shawn and family, our deepest sympathy to you all. He was a great man and will be missed. Larry and Trudy Anthofer

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