Carlton E. Hoffman, 101, was born Aug.17, 1919, in Appleton, Wis., and died Feb. 11, 2021, at Grace Lodge in Rhinelander, Wis., with his daughter, Carol, and her husband, Bob, at his side.

He was the son of Paul Hoffman and Clara Kubitz.

Upon graduation from high school, he immediately went to work for the Hoffman Construction Co., a family business founded by his grandfather, where he worked with his father, brother, Gerald (Gehr) and sister, Betty. 

During World War II Carl enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a radio airman. He served in Brazil, scouting for submarines off the coast. At the end of the war, he was stationed for a short time in Hawaii. 

After the war Carl was working on a job at the telephone company in Wausau, where he caught the eye of Janet Hoskin. They soon married and settled in Wausau, so he could expand the construction company.

As their family grew, they moved from an apartment to a house built by Carl’s company and designed by Janet in the town of Rib Mountain, Wis.

He eventually became vice president of the construction company, over the years having overseen numerous jobs around the center of the state, including schools, churches, hospitals and university buildings.

A few years ago, he was awarded a certificate and plaque for being a member of the Brick Layers Union for 75 years.

When Carl retired, he and Janet moved north to Land O’ Lakes, Wis., where they had had a cottage for years. The cottage had been replaced by a permanent home.

He and Janet became active in their church. They played golf, and they traveled around the country visiting friends and family.  

Carl had many interests, golf, fishing, gardening, deer hunting and bird hunting with his dogs. He liked a good game of cribbage. He was also a joker and a kidder. You could never be quite sure if he were telling the truth or not. 

Carl was a huge Packers fan and until recent years attended nearly every home game including the Ice Bowl. He was also a Milwaukee Braves and Brewers fan. He continued to root loudly for his teams, much to his neighbors’ dismay, and watch other sports on TV after he could no longer attend the games. On his 100th birthday he received several nice gifts from the Packers and Brewers. 

But most of all Carl loved his family, his four children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was devastated when he lost Janet in 1991. Another big blow was his son, Grant’s, accidental death in 2017. 

In 2018, Carl moved to Grace Lodge assisted living in Rhinelander, easily making new friends.

In 2019 a birthday party and celebration of life was held on his 100th birthday at Gateway Lodge in Land O’ Lakes. The room was filled with friends and family. Carl will be missed by his many friends in Land O’ Lakes, including his longtime loving companion, Jean Trispel. 

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janet; son, Grant, brothers, Gerald and Roland; and sister, Ruth Garnes. 

He is survived and lovingly remembered by his sister, Betty Vosper; daughters, Bonnie Martineck (Gary) and Carol Burton (Bob); son, Gary Hoffman (Juliet Alden); daughters-in-law, Cathy Hoffman and Rose Hoffman; grandchildren, Carl, Scott, Will, Sam, Evan, JoHanna and Ben; great-granddaughter, Abigail; and many nieces and nephews.  

A memorial service will be held later. Any donations can be made to Ely Memorial Church, P.O. Box 810, Land O’ Lakes WI 54540; Rawhide Youth Services, E7475 Rawhide Rd., New London, WI 54961; Headwaters Food Pantry, P.O. Box 561, Land O’ Lakes WI 54540; or Grace Lodge, 1000 Day St., Rhinelander, WI 54501. 

Arrangements by Gaff­ney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online con­dolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com

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