Veteran-IntroMelvin E. Hoffman 89, of Cape Girardeau and formerly of Jackson, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

He was born March 7, 1927 in New Wells, to William T. and Elenora Perr Hoffman. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells.  He and Gladys Irene Scholl were married December 7, 1947.

Melvin was inducted into the U.S. Army July 2, 1945.  He served with the Army Ground Forces in the European Theatre of Operations and was later stationed in Berlin, Germany, serving as an interpreter.  He was honorably discharged January 2, 1947.

He was a job foreman many years for Penzel Construction Company in Jackson.

Melvin and Gladys have been long time members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, where Melvin was a former trustee, active in the Men’s Club, and participated in the Dartball League.  His other affiliations include: Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson, where he always assisted in assembling the stage at Jackson Homecomers; previously participated in Men’s Slow-Pitch Softball; Farm Bureau; and TPA.   He enjoyed fishing, hunting, raising cattle, and was an avid Cardinal Baseball fan.

Loving survivors include his wife of 68 years, Gladys; four children, David (Connie) Hoffman of St. Louis, Kerry (Linda) Hoffman of Columbia, Missouri, Diane Thorne of Jackson, and Bruce Hoffman of Nashville, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; a brother, Milton (Fern) Hoffman and a sister Alida Goodpasture of Cape Girardeau.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Helen Petzoldt; a son-in-law, Orval Thorne; and a grandchild, Jaimi Hoffman.

Friends may call Monday, April 25, 2016, from 4-7 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. An American Legion Service will be conducted at 7 p.m.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, April 26, 2016,  at 11:00 am at the funeral home, with the Rev. Joshua Schmidt officiating.

Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson with full military honors.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St Paul Lutheran Church Radio Broadcast or St. Paul Lutheran Church Men’s Club.

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  1. Diane Mangels

    Sorry to hear of your loss, you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Your Dad was a special person, he always had a pleasant smile. My deepest sympathy!!

    Diane Mangels @ Peoples Bank

  2. Gerald Hitt

    Sorry that I couldn’t attend the visitation or funeral for Melvin. You all have our deepest sympathy. I remember all the years that we worked on various jobs together such as Branson and Bowling Green. Blessings to the family and you will be in our prayers tomorrow.

    Gerald and Donna Hitt

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