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James Hoffbeck, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora.  He was 88 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church of Mora.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT will be held at a later date in the Milroy Cemetery in Milroy, Minnesota.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the First Presbyterian Church in Mora. 

James (Jim) Hoffbeck, of Mora, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at St. Clare’s Living Community of Mora. He was 88 years old.

Jim was born on May 31, 1931, in Big Stone City, South Dakota, to Arthur and Geraldine (Sparks) Hoffbeck. During his childhood, he attended 16 different schools in 12 years which he said taught him how to make friends quickly. It was while attending Milroy High School that he met his future wife, Marilyn Jensen. After graduating from Wood Lake High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served in Korea until he was honorably discharged in 1954.

On August 15, 1954, he and Marilyn married and started their life together in Brookings, South Dakota where they both attended South Dakota State University. While in college, Jim and Marilyn were blessed with their sons, Rick and Randy. After graduation, Jim began his career as a County Extension Agent which moved the family to Little Falls, Aitkin, White Bear Lake, and Mora. While in Aitkin, they were blessed with their son, Ron and completed their family in Mora with the birth of their daughter, Renee. After finishing his graduate degree, he began working at the University of Minnesota as a Staff Development Specialist until his retirement as a Professor Emeritus in 1984. He dedicated much of his time after retirement to the church. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mora for over 53 years and served as the Moderator for the Presbytery of Northern Waters. He enjoyed filling the pulpit in area churches and also volunteered with the Gideons to distribute Bibles throughout central Minnesota. He loved starting conversations with strangers and was adept at talking about most everything. He will be greatly missed by everyone he touched throughout his life.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Art and Jerry.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marilyn; children, Rick of Minneapolis, Randy (Cindy Wanner) of Eagle River, Alaska, Ron (Barb) of Rosemount, and Renee (Clark) Kristensen of White Bear Lake; grandchildren, Sean (Shannon) of Kenai, Alaska, Ian of Cairo, Egypt, Shane of The Hague, Netherlands, Heather of Rosemount, and Abby and Noah of White Bear Lake; great grandchildren, Jaxon, Kaylee, and Caleb of Kenai, Alaska and Ruby of Rosemount; brother, Chad (Georgene) of Perry, Iowa; and nephew Jared (Liz) Hoffbeck.

6 thoughts on “JAMES R. HOFFBECK”

  1. Jim will certainly be missed; always a smile and kind word to all he knew, such a wonderful man of God and a beautiful example to all who came in contact with him. Sending up prayers for the entire Hoffbeck family.

  2. Marilyn and family,

    So sorry for your loss. Jim was such a wonderful friend and neighbor. I have so many wonderful memories of McLean Street living, and Jim was a big part of that.

  3. A friend sent me this. I am a former 4-H member from Aitkin, now living in Liberia, West Africa; also a former county extension agent. I valued Jim as a kid 4 H member, and as an adult colleague while serving the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Such a good friend to so many and a strong witness of faith in God. Blessings on his memory.

  4. Marilyn –
    I’m so sorry to hear about Jim, he will be greatly missed by many. I have many fond memories of working with him in Extension. Many prayers for you and the family.
    Valerie Prax

  5. Thinking of you Marilyn. Jim was one of the good guys in this world and will be missed. My best to you.

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