Franklin J. Hoffman, 89, Navy and Coast Guard vet, civic leader, retired from RCA, avid ballroom dancer

By on March 22, 2017
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Franklin J. Hoffman, of Ephrata, died in his 89th year on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

He graduated from Ephrata High School in 1946. A U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard veteran, Frank was stationed on the island of Saipan and various ships from 1946 to 1951, being discharged as a Chief Petty Officer. He then served another four years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

He worked at the former RCA facility from 1952 as an electronic technician in the large and super power tube engineering department, culminating as a senior engineering technician until his retirement in 1986. During this period he was a contributing member of several patents.

As an avid ballroom dancer, Frank helped form the Cloister Dance Club, and was their first president. Frank was also the first president of the Hillcrest Swim Club of Akron. His memberships included the Ephrata Elks, Ephrata American Legion, and a 50-plus year membership of the Masonic Lodge #665 in Ephrata. Frank and his wife traveled extensively, from Russia to China to South America.

Born in Ephrata, he was the son of the late Frank Ruth Hoffman and the late Laura Hertzel Gelsinger Hoffman. He was married to the late Doris Merckel Hoffman, of Milwaukee, Wisc., for 64 years.

Surviving are three children: David F., married to Helene of Elizabethtown; Michael L., married to Cynthia of Akron; and Barbara A., married to Eric Hoffmann of Ephrata; three grandchildren: Lori M., married to Richard Hunter of Denver; Barbara A. married to Todd Murphy of Tennessee; and Jason M. Long, married to Sarah of Ephrata. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren: Daniel Murphy, Caitlynn Long, Jackson Long, Wyatt Long; and soon-to-be great-grandbaby Long.

In addition to his wife and parents, Frank was pre-deceased by his wife in 2013; grandson: Steven L. Long in 2007; and grandson: Patrick M. Hoffman in 2001.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the dementia or Alzheimer’s charity of your choice.

A celebration of life was held March 18 at the Eicher Arts Center, Ephrata. Interment with military honors will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

To offer condolences online, visit gravenorhomeforfunerals.com. Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, handled the arrangements.

 

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