Ashley, N.D.: Funeral service for Gottlieb J. Hoffman, 94, of Ashley will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Ashley.
Burial will be in Salem Congregational Cemetery, rural Ashley.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
G.J. died March 22, 2013, at Ashley Nursing Home.
Gottlieb J. Hoffman, the youngest son of John and Christine (Walz) Hoffman, was born Feb. 8, 1919, on the family homestead. He attended grade school in a rural school southeast of Ashley. He helped on the family farm.
He was united in marriage to Ernestine Maier on July 18, 1943. They took over the Hoffman family farm, operating a dairy for 35 years. After they sold the dairy herd, they ran a beef operation for about 10 years. G.J. also ran a barn cleaning business and did some custom manure and gravel hauling. He liked running his skid steer and usually had a dog beside him in the pickup. Due to poor health, he and Ernestine moved to Ashley on Oct. 31, 2002. Ernestine (wife) died Aug. 13, 2003, and on April 8, 2008, G.J. entered Ashley Nursing Home.
G.J. and Ernestine were members of Salem Congregational Church, rural Ashley and Kulm Congregational Church. He was a member of Gold Star Saddle Club, Coldwater Wildlife Club, and he was a past board member of Coldwater Rural School District Board.
Surviving G.J. are his three children: Gary (Elaine) Hoffman and Donna (Delbert) Eszlinger, both of Ashley, and Tom J. Hoffman of Frederick; one sister, Maggie Dollinger of Bismarck; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
His parents; wife; two brothers: John and Jacob; five sisters: Bertha Fregien, Carrie Hoffman, Anna (Fred) Maier, Hannah (Gottlieb) Maier and Loretta (Bert) Dollinger; two grandsons: Michael and Lane Hoffman; and one granddaughter, Mandy Steckler, preceded him in death.
Casketbearers will be: Jason Hoffman, Tami Meidinger, Darin Hoffman, Rod Eszlinger, Darcy Schaan, Garland Dobler, Ty Hoffman and Morgan Meyer.
Memorials to Salem Congregational Cemetery Fund, 9685 65th Ave. SE, Ashley, ND 58413.
Carlsen Funeral Home of Ashley has been entrusted with arrangements.