1922 - 2012
Walter Hans Hoffmann, 90 years of age, passed away Sept. 9, 2012, at Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla. Walt was born in Koblenz, Germany to Erhard and Katherine Hoffmann. In 1922 Walt’s father was serving in the American Army of Occupation in Ehrenbreitstein.
Walt spent his formative years in North Dakota and graduated from Bismarck High School. In 1944 Walt, a newly minted second Lieutenant, shipped overseas in the Army Infantry 79th Division where he fought World War II combat missions in Germany and France. In addition to the Purple Heart, Walt earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Bronze Star. In 1946 he married Helen Schreiner. They had two mainly normal boys, Walter M. Hoffmann and Robert E. Hoffmann. The marriage ended in 1981. In 1950, Walt was recalled to active duty and deployed to Japan in support of the Korean War.
He returned home in 1952 with a rank of major and later started a career at Douglas Aircraft as a quality control inspector. Walt continued his career in quality control with the Sacramento Army Depot which included a three-year tour of duty in Luxembourg with his bride, Grace Hallsted Hoffmann. Walt and Grace were married in 1982 at the Village Church Seventh-day Adventist in College Place. Grace also graduated from Bismarck (N.D.) High School. Walt retired from the Sacramento Army Depot in 1990. Walt and Grace moved to Redding, Calif., spent a brief time in Vancouver, Wash., with a final move to their home in College Place. Walt’s pastimes included flying airplanes and collecting firearms. Friends at Martin Field in College Place, Dayl Graves Automotive in Walla Walla, and friends and neighbors were often mentioned--a network of buddies he recalled with stories and smiles.
Walt is preceded in death by his wife, Grace. Surviving children include Walt’s two children, and Grace’s five children; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Children and spouses follow: Wally and Ann Hoffmann of Benton, Calif., Chuck and Jane Hallsted of College Place, David and Penny Hallsted of Woodland, Jan Hallsted of College Place, Ray and Judy (Hallsted) Hall of Milton-Freewater, Jake and Shawn Hallsted of Houston, Texas, Bob and Carol Hoffmann of San Antonio, Texas; Walt’s sister, Eleanor Klostermann of Santa Maria, Calif.
The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to the staff at Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla. Walt’s family held a family gathering honoring his memory.