Pastor Jerry F. Hoffman, 78, of Morenci, Mich., passed unexpectedly into the arms of Jesus on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian, Mich. Earlier that evening Jerry had collapsed while doing something he loved, officiating a high school football game.
Jerry was born in Wauseon, Ohio, on March 9, 1942, to Emerson and Marie (Pontius) Hoffman. He attended and graduated from Ai School near Swanton, Ohio, where he played baseball and basketball, and furthered his education in pastoral studies. On Aug. 5, 1962, he married Mary Ann Wulff in Delta, Ohio, and she survives.
Throughout his life, Jerry held many jobs, most recently as pastor of Canandaigua Community Church. He also worked at Stauffer Chemical (now Silbond Corp.) in Weston, was self-employed, and as a sports official for various high school and city sports. When not working, Jerry enjoyed gardening, family singing in nursing homes, and coaching little league when his kids were younger.
A devout Christian, he led the music at Morenci Bible Fellowship where he also served as an overseer. Earlier, Jerry served as a trustee at the former Morenci Baptist Church. Jerry and his wife also fostered many children over the years, even adopting some as their own.
Surviving Jerry are his wife, Mary Ann; children Jeff, Dan (and Tonia), Mike (and Cynthia), and Dick (and Rose) Hoffman, Rose (and Richard) Hoag, Sue (and Todd) King, and Thelma (and Clark) Carncross; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters Jean (and Roy) Sholl and Linda Garcia; and brothers Jack (and Judy) Hoffman, Larry (and Julie) Kuney, Ron (and Luann) Kuney, and Terry (and Anne) Kuney.
Preceding him in death were his parents; stepfather Seymour Kuney; grandchildren Annie Deakins and Stephanie Carncross; great-grandchild Harmony Faith Carncross; and brother-in-law Bob Garcia.
Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Morenci Bible Fellowship Church, with Pastor John Rath, officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. The family will receive family and friends for visitation, also at the church, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and again on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations through the Crowd Funding link on Jerry’s obituary, to defray funeral expenses. The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci handled arrangements.