Charles C. Hoffman, Charlie, died on May 29, 2007 in Friendswood, Texas, after a two-month illness. Until he fell ill, Charlie lived for over 10 years on Creek Drive in Park City. Charlie was born in Newcastle, Ind., on July 19, 1924. His mother Edna raised him and his two brothers until Charlie left home to work as a teenager. He first worked on the railroads, hand firing a coal-powered steam locomotive.
Charlie then entered the Navy, saying he was born in 1923 so that he would be old enough to enlist. Charlie served in the Navy through World War II and the Korean War. As a beach battalion member, Charlie made landings in North Africa, Sicily, and Anzio. After leaving the Navy, Charlie met his wife Marianne while both were attending college in Washington, D.C. Charlie became an active member of the Masonic Lodge and is a past master. While pursuing a successful sales career, Charlie proudly supported Marianne’s career as a management consultant. They traveled all over the world. When not traveling, Charlie and Marianne lived near Leonardtown, Md. They moved to Park City, in 1996 so that Marianne could be closer to frequent work assignments on the Wasatch Front. Charlie and Marianne became active in the Park City community, attending America’s Openings, Sundance, and volunteering at the Egyptian Theatre. They were very proud of living and working in Park City.
Charlie and the family were stunned when Marianne died in 1999. Instead of shrinking from life, Charlie got out, made friends, and traveled by car. He loved to drive and would drive to Maryland for his birthday each year to eat blue crabs. He touched the lives of all his friends.
Charlie is preceded in death by his wife Marianne, and his brothers, Richard and John Edward (Eddie). He is survived by sons: Charles Gary Hoffman of Virginia; Craig Hoffman of South Carolina; and Charles C. Hoffman, III (Kirk) of Texas; and by six grandchildren. A viewing to be held at Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home, 288 North Main Street, Heber City, Friday, June 8, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be June 9, 2007, at 11 a.m. alongside Marianne in the Park City Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Hospice Care Team, 1708 Amburn, Suite C, Texas City, Texas 77591; (409) 938-0070 or 1-800- 545-8738.
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