Waunakee/Waterloo – James “Jim” E. Hoffman, age 73, passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

Jim was born on January 14, 1940, in Madison, the son of Edmund “Ed” and Leone Hoffman. He attended grade school at St. Bernard’s in Madison and Madison East High School. The day he graduated high school in 1958, Jim joined the U.S. Army and served two years as a medic based out of San Antonio, TX. Jim was a lifelong dairy farmer, first working alongside his father in Madison.

In 1967, he married Virginia “Ginny” Breunig of Roxbury at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church. They purchased a farm in Waterloo in 1969. Jim worked hard as a farmer, but still found time to serve his church and community. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and served a term as Grand Knight of Waterloo Council 1669. He held multiple positions with the Town of Portland, serving terms as building inspector and zoning administrator. Jim enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards, attending auctions, and traveling around the state.

Jim will be remembered for his gentle, hard-working, giving nature, his witty sense of humor, and ready smile. Jim touched many lives and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Ginny, six children, Linda (Randal) Rote, Kristy Hoffman, Nancy (Bruce) Peckham, Rose (Al) Fabian, Michael (Crystal) Hoffman, and Douglas (Sara) Hoffman, and seventeen grandchildren. He is also survived by his two siblings, David (Dian) Hoffman and JoAnn (Robert) Preston, his mother-in-law Mary Breunig, and a large extended family.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Victor Breunig.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013 at ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH, 209 South Street, Waunakee, at 11:00 a.m. with Msgr. James Gunn officiating and Father Michael Radowicz concelebrating. Burial will be held at Washington Cemetery in Portland, WI. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and again on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family for a charity yet to be determined.