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Maurice T. Hoffman

Maurice T. Hoffman, age 83, of Creighton, died Thursday, December 15, 2005, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were Monday, December 19, at the Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music was provided by Carol Hahn, pianist, and Lucille Holsether, vocalist. Ushers were Bill Leonard, Jerry Johannesen and Norm Klingbile. Pallbearers were Jef and Frank Wilsey, Arthur McIlravy, Kent Lurz, Brett Prang and Bill Hennessey.

Interment with military honors by the Carroll-McDonald American Legion Post #246 of Wall, was in the Wall Cemetery.

Maurice T. Hoffman was born October 11, 1922 in Wall, South Dakota, the son of George Dewey and Faye (Shull) Hoffman. He grew up in the Creighton area and attended rural schools in that area. He then attended Wall High School, graduating in 1941.

After graduation, he worked various jobs in the area before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1944. After his honorable discharge in 1950, Maurice returned to the Creighton area to work on a ranch.

Maurice was united in marriage to Audrey White on February 17, 1951 in Spearfish, South Dakota. They made their home in the Pedro area for five years before moving to Creighton, where he worked for Walter Hoffman. Maurice and Audrey later purchased the George Wilsey ranch, which they have continued to operate and reside all their married life.

Maurice enjoyed being a bee keeper for four years and was very talented working with cedar wood.

Maurice was a long time member of the Carroll-McDonald American Legion Post #246 of Wall, and the VFW Post #1273 of Rapid City.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife of 54 years, Audrey Hoffman; a son, Wally Hoffman and his wife, Carol, of Creighton; a daughter, Debbie Turner and her husband, Doyle, of Kenton, OH; nine grandchildren, Christy Black, Dirk Coe, Scott Hoffman, Kim Hoffman, Zeb Hoffman, Zane Hoffman, Zach Turner, Zack Hoffman, and Shane Turner; four great-grandchildren, Hannah Hoffman, Harmony Hoffman, Tim Coe, and Elizabeth Coe; a brother, Ray Hoffman of California; a sister, Lorna Moore and her husband, George, of Quinn; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Maurice was preceded in death by a son, George Hoffman, on November 2, 1982; his parents; a brother, Floyd Hoffman; and two sisters, Rachel "Betty" Hoffman and Colleen "Hattie" Hennessey.

Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall was in charge of arrangements. A memorial is established. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com