Funeral services for Carl L. Hoffman, 85, Pryor are 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Osage Freewill Baptist Church west of Pryor. Rev. James Rice will officiate with burial following at Fairview Cemetery in Pryor. Services are under the direction of Key Funeral Home in Pryor.
Carl Lee Hoffman was born on Nov. 3, 1927 in Pryor to Augustus (Gussie) and Dorothy (Sloan) Hoffman. He attended Pleasantview School and later graduated from Pryor High School.
He served in the U. S. Navy and was stationed in California where he worked on Navy airplanes.
When he came home from the service he courted Wynema I. Couch. They were married on Aug. 13, 1950 and enjoyed 62 wonderful years together.
Hoffman worked as a mechanic on cars, pickups, tractors and other farm equipment. He was employed as a mechanic and electrician by John Deere which later became Nipak. Wishing to work on airplanes again, he applied for a job in instruments at American Airlines. He was hired and later moved from instruments to testing jet engines; he retired from American Airlines after 17 years of employment.
He and his wife were faithful members of Osage Freewill Baptist Church. They attended regularly and rarely missed a service. Over the years Carl served as Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, and was a deacon of the church. They both had a strong unwavering faith and greatly enjoyed the fellowship of their church family.
He enjoyed gardening, fishing, building remote control model airplanes and model railroads. He was an excellent checker player and also enjoyed playing chess and dominoes. He and his wife especially loved to travel in their RV, camping in many beautiful locations around the country. They once drove through Canada to Alaska, where Hoffman had the opportunity to try deep sea fishing. It was one of the highlights of that trip when he reeled in a good- sized halibut.
He is survived by one daughter Diana Andreasen and husband Phil of Pryor; one son Terry Hoffman and wife Mary of Hereford, Texas; two sisters, Norma Stephens of Pryor and Lavonne Williams of Vinita; one brother-in-law Raymond Couch and wife Ruth Ann of Owasso; seven grandchildren, andseven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wynema Hoffman of the home; his parents Augustus (Gussie) and Dorothy Hoffman; and in-laws Clyde and Ollie Couch.