Brian Hoffman

Funeral service for Brian David Hoffman, 41, Lawrence will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Lawrence Heights Christian Church.  Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Stull Cemetery. He died September 25, 2012 in Lawrence. 

He was born on February 24, 1971 in Lawrence, KS the son of Robert S. and Edwinia (Vaught) Hoffman.

Brian owned the Sports Dome from 1993 until 2011.  He worked at Crown Automotive as a Sales Associate.  He was an active member at Lawrence Heights Christian Church.  Brian enjoyed playing softball and basketball.  He coached his children’s basketball, softball and baseball teams.  He also volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in the Cancer Center. 

He married Kim (Schmidt) McPherson on June 8, 1996.  They divorced in 2008. 

Other survivors include his parents Bob and Eddie Hoffman, Lawrence; children, Brittany, Alyssa and Matthew, of the home; brother, Scott Hoffman and wife, Christina, 3 nieces, Jordyn, Kadyn, Luxdyn, all of Lawrence and girlfriend, Corey Lesslie, Topeka.   

The family will greet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Heights Christian Church or Relay for Life and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary. 


37 Condolences

  1. Jill Dugan on September 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I am forever blessed to have shared a small piece of my life with Brian and his wonderful family. The hurt that exists in my heart right now is unexplainable. He taught me so much. I loved him deeply. I will never forget that smile or his laugh or watching him play with his kids. I found my church home, LHCC, because of him. He has been a boyfriend, a friend, and a brother in Christ. He will always occupy a very special place in my heart.

  2. Russ & Carol Beeson on September 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    We were shocked and saddened to hear about Brian going home. He’ll be missed by all that knew him. Our prayers go out to the family, especially Brian’s children. I’m glad I got to know him.

  3. Miles Schnaer on September 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    My heart, my thoughts, and my prayers go out to the Hoffman Family. Even though Brian was here at Crown for a short time, I got to know him from doing business with him for years at the Sports Dome. He was making a difference and was at a point where I believe he felt he had a career in the car business.
    He will be missed!

  4. Reuben Otolorin on September 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I was badly shaken on hearing of Brian’s death,I still feel emotional.I have prayed for him for years before meeting in Men’s Group. He was a loving,pleasant,amiable and appreciate person.I love him for his courage and testimonies. We will trully miss him, but we rejoice that he has rested in the LORD.

  5. Jason Russell on September 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I am thankful to have known Brian and for having shared the good times of softball. A great man has gone home.

  6. Larry and Valarie Dugan on September 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Our prayers go out to Brian’s family and all of his friends. We were fortunate to have known Brian and blessed to have spent time with his wonderful parents and his adorable children. Our sincere sympathy.

  7. Robert and Kenna Lopez on September 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Robert worked with Brian at Sports Dome and they developed a special friendship that he will always treasure. Corey is a friend of mine and I very much enjoyed getting to know Brian. What a terrific man. Our thoughts, prayers, and sadness are with you. God Bless. Robert and Kenna Lopez

  8. Spencer Gatewood on September 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I am truely saddened by this news. Brian was my childhood best friend! I grew up with Brian, and have never forgotten what a great spirit, he was to me, in those early years! My prayers are with his family, and I hold you all in my heart!

  9. Jeanette & Larry Wright on September 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    So sorry to hear about Brian. We are thinking of you and praying for comfort during this time and the days ahead.

  10. Rex and Debbie Ellebracht on September 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Brian Hoffman, you have inspired your friends, family, and most importantly your children, for a lifetime!! Nothing can take away the grieving pain that everyone is feeling right now but Brian, you have given people a gift that will bring them comfort someday. You embraced and proclaimed your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! We know without question where you are and I believe that will bring “a peace that surpasses all understanding” to your loved ones. Thank you for that gift Brian. Thank you for your example of hearing the Word of God and then living for Him. Brian may your life and your death Glorify our Father!

    I am proud to call you a brother in Christ as well as awesome best friend. I will miss my accountability partner and our conversations. You will always be powerful and unstoppable.

    Proverbs 27:17

    “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”.

    Love you brother!

  11. Langston on September 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    my husband worked with Brian at Kmart dist center years ago. So very sorry for your unexpected loss.

  12. Brad Wilson on September 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I was very fortunate to have known Brian. I worked with him and became close friends over the years. I will forever remember the time I got to spend with him and his amazing family. Thank you Brian for not only leading by example but for always being there.

  13. Steve and Marcia Riley on September 27, 2012 at 2:49 am

    We are saddened to read about Brian’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  14. Curt, Stacy & Jaclyn Annis on September 27, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Terribly sadden to learn of Brian’s passing. We saw him on his first day on the floor at Crown. Had such a nice visit with him. He was so happy & grateful to have been able to spend extra time with his children since closing the store. A wonderful person gone to soon. May the light of the Lord’s love shine down upon you and bring you peace. We hold you all close in our thoughts, hearts & prayers.

  15. Ray & Pat Chenhall on September 27, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Bob & Eddie: We can’t begin to imagine the pain your family is going through. Brian was special to so many and we were so proud of his accomplishments. He was a winner through it all. May God bless.

  16. Mark Martinez on September 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I was shocked to see Brian’s passing. I was a customer at the dome and sometimes took up too much of Brian’s time. Had many wonderful conversations with him about life , and enjoyed him immensely. I am so saddened for all his family but will say a prayer for him.

  17. Linda N Orr on September 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I am so very sorry to hear about your son’s passing. I can’t even begin to know your grief but I grieve for you and your family.
    I’m sorry that I won’t be in town tomorrow eve or Sat but please know my prayers are with you. God Bless, Linda

  18. Wendy, Rich, Evan, Audrey and Hunter Cornell on September 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Our first memory of our neighbor Brian was at the Quail Run Elementary School playground when my now 12-year-old son Evan was a toddler. Brian’s daughter wanted to play with a coin that Evan had in his hand. Brian asked Evan his name and misheard him thinking he said “Alvin.” Brian so kindly and gently told Brittany, “That is Alvin’s penny; you need to give it back to Alvin.” I observed his patient, sweet demeanor with his daughter and just didn’t have the heart to correct him.
    Years later, Evan and I were regulars at Sports Dome shopping for collectibles, fan gear and baseball cards. Brian took the time to visit with us, and we always felt important to him.
    Summer 2012 Brian coached my youngest son’s t-ball team, with my husband as an assistant coach. We consistently noted Brian’s ability to lead the boys in a caring, attentive and peaceful manner. After he would finish our practices, Brian would immediately cross the field and begin coaching his daughter’s team.
    His devotion toward his family and community was palpable. There is no doubt he was a good man, and I picture him coaching a t-ball team in heaven.
    May God bless those left behind. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”-Matthew 5:4

  19. Sharon Walker on September 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I read with sadness of the tragic loss of Brian. Words cannot express the pain that is felt over his death. As Brian rests in peace, may your sadness be comforted by your many cherished memories. May our Heavenly Father listen to your prayers and grant you peace. May you never give up your faith and hope for a brighter future when Brian wakes from his restful sleep to enjoy life in paradise. Psalms 37:11,29; John 11:11, 21-26. May all his loved ones be there to greet him; never again having to say goodbye. Revelation 21:3,4; Matthew 5:5. Loving thoughts and prayers of peace are with you.

  20. Joan Parr on September 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I had Brian in class years ago at PLHS, and I remember well his easy smile and likable demeanor. it was obvious at that time what an amazing young man he was, and I’m not surprised to read the many messages here affirming that fact. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  21. Joan Parr on September 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I had Brian in class years ago at PLHS, and I remember well his easy smile and likable demeanor. it was obvious at that time what an amazing young man he was, and I’m not surprised to read the many messages here affirming that fact. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  22. MIKE HADL on September 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    To Brian`s Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all…I miss the good times I had going to the ` Dome ` Mike Hadl

  23. Jill Larson-Bradney on September 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I was very saddened to see of Brian’s passing. My heart goes out to his family. I remember Brian as a student, he was such a fun, always smiling, a bit ornery!, young man with a wonderful personality. I was fortunate to know him as an adult as well. He will be truly missed but his spirit and courage will live on in all of us. He will put a smile on all the angels. My prayers to all his family.

  24. Donna and Brian Lang on September 28, 2012 at 12:38 am

    To the Hoffman Family… Brian and I were stunned and so sad to hear about Brian’s passing. He was a good friend to Brian and we have always thought so much of the entire Hoffman family. Sending warm hugs and thoughts your way, you special people.

  25. Lisa (Shores) Zemites on September 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

    My heart aches at the loss of such a wonderful man. My forever friend I will miss you. I am so thankful to have known and grown up with Brian and to have so may wonderful memories. He touched everyone who knew him and will be remembered forever. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.

  26. Marilyn Page on September 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Brian and I volunteered at LMH in the oncology department for a year. Brian was so welcoming and upbeat with patients and with staff. When we had time he would talk about his three children so lovingly. I knew he was a good dad. He even brought his oldest to the hospital one day so she could see how he helped. He was devoted to being a good Christian, said he enjoyed reading to grow in his faith.

    Brian, that he is with God,

  27. Lisa Tuckel on September 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    My parents and I were saddened to learn of Brian’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,children, and friends during this time of loss.

  28. Matthew Henry on September 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I’m deeply saddened to hear the news of Brian’s passing. To the Hoffman family, I’m very sorry for your loss. I spent a lot of time at the Hoffman household as a child and I will always cherish those memories. My thoughts are with you.

  29. Dena Crawford on September 29, 2012 at 4:41 am

    I met Brian when he was working at the Kmart DC and his awesome personality and beautiful smile drew me to him. I really enjoyed working with him. When I would see him, he was always just as sweet and kind as when we first met. I know he is at home with his maker by the strong faith he had. I will keep your family in my prayers and thoughts in this sad time. Brian will be so missed.

  30. Michaels Garris on September 29, 2012 at 7:09 am

    To Brian’s family, I hope you all can find comfort and peace at Ecc. 9:5 knowing that Brian is not suffering.

  31. larry @ cookie DeShazer on September 30, 2012 at 5:57 am

    So sorry for your loss our hearts are with you

  32. Sean Williams on September 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Ellie & the rest of the Williams family are stunned and saddened with the news. We knew him from soccer and our hearts are with his family & friends during this difficult time. Love to all.

  33. Heidi Roe on October 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I am so sorry to learn of Brian’s passing. My sympathies go out to the family. All my cousins in Kansas are special in my heart. From Oregon, Heidi

  34. Karla Spurgeon on October 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    My son and I have fond memories of Brian at the Sports Dome. When my son was in elementary school I used to take him there to get sports collector cards and other things. Brian was always so helpful and friendly.We always enjoyed visiting with him. Our sympathies to his family.

  35. Chris Poterbin on October 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    To the Hoffman family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Brian’s mom, Edie, years ago at KUCU and was so glad to see her smiling face at FSB on Vermont when I moved back to Lawrence. Her face always lit up when talking about her family. I know you are a strong, loving family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  36. Letha (Hoffman) Simmons on October 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

    It is with such sadness that I read the news about Brian’s passing. I was glad I had the opportunity to meet him again at the cousin’s reunion. He was so upbeat and positive. His smile said it all. Prayers and hugs to all those close to him.

  37. Lisa on October 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I just heard about Brian’s passing. I am so very sorry for your loss. I did not know Brian well, just met him last spring, he was my son’s tball coach. It was the first time my son played and was very nervous. Brian could not have been a better coach. He was so patient and supportive of all of the kids, it was a great experience for my son and us. My deepest sympathy to your family.

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