Louis J. ''Butch'' Hoffman, 87, of North Platte, NE died Monday, April 9, 2012, at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.
Butch was born on October 4, 1924, at Bee, NE to Louis William and Delia Rosicky Hoffman. He graduated from Seward High School in 1942 and for several years helped his mother farm. Each year after harvest Butch and his buddy would go on hitch hiking trips. They made trips to both coasts and down south. He shared stories of meeting some interesting and tough characters on their various trips.
On June 27, 1948, Butch married his sweetheart, Allison Jeanette ''Sally'' Schultz, at Kramer, NE. They lived in Lincoln, Hastings and North Platte. While in Hastings their son, Douglas and daughter, Joy, were born. Butch and Sally had been married for 63 years.
Butch was employed as a service technician for the Burroughs Corporation and serviced bookkeeping machines in banks and county offices. In 1963 Butch and a Burroughs associate, Bill Lindgren, bought Walthers Midwest Office Equipment in North Platte. At one time Butch operated Midwest Office Equipment Centers in North Platte, McCook, Kearney and Ogallala. He retired from the office equipment business in 2002.
In his past-time and after retirement, Butch enjoyed remodeling and fixing up houses. He had a keen sense of humor and would joke that his "heart was on the right side," which it really was since all his organs were reversed.
Butch enjoyed taking the family to Johnson Lake and spending most weekends there during the summer. In addition to taking the family on trips all over the country, Butch and Sally were awarded business trips to Hawaii, Greece, Spain/Portugal, Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and Japan. He especially cherished time with his family, went as an adult sponsor on church ski trips and was generally in favor of working in a good time wherever opportunity arose. At one time he remarked how the countryside between McCook and North Platte was the prettiest he had ever seen. It possibly influenced the family living here in North Platte all these years.
Butch was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, B.P.O.Elks in Hastings and later #985 in North Platte, Eagles Aeries #2839, Moose Lodge #551 and Platte Valley Lodge #32 AF&AM.
Butch is survived by his wife, Allison ''Sally'' Hoffman and his son, Douglas Hoffman, both of North Platte; his daughter, Joy (William) Batey and a granddaughter, Demore'', all of Omaha; a sister, Genevieve (Leonard) Buresh, of Colorado Springs, CO; two nephews, Jerry (Linda) Hoffman, of Hamlin, NY and Larry Buresh, of Colorado Springs, CO; a niece, Diane (Bill) Hodgins, of Colorado Springs; and various other relatives and friends.
Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Delia Hoffman; and a brother, Jerome Hoffman.
Cremation was chosen. A memorial service with Masonic Rites will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore with Pastor Polly Deppen of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Inurnment will be in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation or the donor''s choice. The memorial book may be signed online at odeanchapel.com or from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements.