Hoffman, Justin

Written by David Green.

Justin Wayne Hoffman, 18, of W. Weston Road, Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 18, 2007, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born Jan. 21, 1989, in Adrian, Mich., to Geneva Williams and Gary Hoffman. He was employed at Lenawee Tire in Adrian, and was a member of the Medina Pioneers 4-H club. He enjoyed building race cars for Oakshade Raceway.

Justin is survived by his mother and step-father, Geneva (and Joe) Ballard, Sr. of Morenci; father, Gary Hoffman of Adrian; one brother, Jeremy Williams of Morenci; one step-sister, Jody (and Steve) Minturn of Cardington, Ohio; one step-brother, Joe (and Rebekah) Ballard, Jr. of Blacklick, Ohio; maternal grandmother, Nina Williams of Morenci; maternal grandfather, Alden (and Michelle) Williams of Morenci; one niece, Lauren Coleman; three step-nephews, Josh, Seth and Kaleb Minturn; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ruth Hoffman and Gerald Hoffman, and step-grandfather, Tom Verdict.

Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Seneca Community Church with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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