Allen Hoffman, Jr.
Allen Hoffman Jr., 89, of Lawrence, Kansas passed away at his home on May 25, 2012. Allen was born on a farm west of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma on March 18, 1923. He was the son of Allen and Rosa Mae (Holloway) Hoffman.
He graduated from Coffeyville High school and attended Coffeyville Jr. College where he lettered playing football in 1941. During World War II, Allen served in the United States Marine Corps as a first lieutenant. He was a pilot and flew torpedo bombers in the Pacific Theater. He married Elaine Marie George on August 17, 1943 in Pensacola, Florida, immediately after graduation from the U.S.M.C flight school.
After the war ended he graduated from Kansas State University where he majored in chemical engineering. He then went to work at the CO-OP petroleum refinery plant in Coffeyville. He was soon transferred to the company’s refinery in Phillipsburg, Kansas and then was promoted to the main office in Kansas City, MO. Farmland Industries later installed him as plant manager of a new anhydrous ammonia fertilizer plant in Hastings, NE in 1961. He stayed there until he moved to Lawrence, KS in 1968 as manager of CFCA fertilizer plant, retiring as vice president of Farmland Industries in 1985.
In retirement he enjoyed playing golf, was an avid K-State fan, and loved to feed the wildlife around his home. He most enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. His council and caring manner will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Surviving to celebrate his life are his three children and their spouses: Alana Biggs and her husband Craig of Wimberley, TX; David Hoffman and his wife Connie of Pryor, OK; Rick Hoffman and his wife Linda of Topeka, KS; his beloved grandchildren Jim, Kerry, Jennifer, Julie, Zane, Kelli, and Sean; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Allen Sr. and Rosa Mae; his loving wife, Elaine; brothers Clyde, Homer and Harold; and his sister Pearl.
Memorial contributions may be made in Allen’s name to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.