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James Donald Hoffman

November 16, 1960 — October 1, 2021

James Donald Hoffman was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 16, 1960 to Donna Rediske and Robert Hoffman. He passed away at the age of 60 at the Fairview Medical Center in Wyoming, Minnesota on October 1, 2021 after a short battle with Covid-19. 

Jim is survived by his mother Donna Rediske; children: James Hoffman Jr., Aaron Hoffman and Kayla Sargent; his girlfriend of nearly 20-years Linda Allen; his sister Kathy Walls; his brothers Dan Hoffman, Bob Hoffman, Mike Hoffman and Rollyn Rediske Jr.; his grandchildren Athelstan, Ambrosius, Michael, Leandro, Jadiel, and Giovanni. 

Jim grew up in Circle Pines, Minnesota and graduated from Centennial High School. As a young boy, he found his love for the outdoors and animals. Jim loved to hunt and fish. His adoration for animals started with the many pets he owned over the years. He was known to have dogs, snakes, lizards, birds, and many other exotic animals such as his alligator and his bear. His fondness for animals didn’t stop there. He learned how to make animals live forever with his work in taxidermy. To say his love for animals ran deep would be an understatement. 

Jim was a jack of all trades. He worked for Sun Chemical Corp. mixing ink for 31 years, but his true love was wood working. He had a small business with his cousin that they ran out of his garage in the 80’s. His knack for wood working carried on throughout his whole life. He could make anything he set his mind to and with the quality of his work you could tell he put his whole heart into it. Whether it was making something as simple as a shelf or something as time consuming as an urn, his talent was always on display. It didn’t matter to him what he was making as long as he was doing what he loved. He also had a passion for guns. This love began with hunting and target practice and continued with reloading ammo. He even had one of his favorite pistols tattooed on his forearm. 

Jim also had an affinity for cooking. He never knew how to just make enough for him and his family. He was known to on several occasions to make enough for the local businesses and friends. He was always experimenting with different recipes and many seasonings. If he wasn’t in his garage building something, you could find him in his smokehouse grilling or smoking something delicious.

Jim will be missed by many people; he touched so many hearts. Anyone that knew or was friends with him knows that he was the type of person that would do whatever he could to help. He is now at peace with no more pain and is with all of his loved ones that had also passed too early.

A time of visitation for James is planned from 5-8 PM; Thursday October 21, 2021 at the Olson Funeral Chapel in Rush City.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City, Olson Chapel


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