James (Jim) Hoffbeck, of Mora, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at St. Clare’s Living Community of Mora. He was 88 years old.
He was born on May 31, 1931, in Big Stone City, South Dakota, to Arthur and Geraldine (Sparks) Hoffbeck. During his childhood, he attended 16 different schools in 12 years which he said taught him how to make friends quickly. It was while attending Milroy High School that he met his future wife, Marilyn Jensen. After graduating from Wood Lake High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served in Korea until he was honorably discharged in 1954.
On Aug. 15, 1954, he and Marilyn were united in marriage and started their life together in Brookings, South Dakota, where they both attended South Dakota State University. While in college, the couple were blessed with their sons, Rick and Randy. After graduation, he began his career as a county extension agent which moved the family to Little Falls, Aitkin, White Bear Lake and Mora. While in Aitkin, they were blessed with their son, Ron and completed their family in Mora with the birth of their daughter, Renee. After finishing his graduate degree, he began working at the University of Minnesota as a staff development specialist until his retirement as a professor emeritus in 1984. He dedicated much of his time after retirement to the church. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mora for over 53 years and served as the moderator for the Presbytery of Northern Waters. He enjoyed filling the pulpit in area churches and also volunteered with the Gideons to distribute Bibles throughout central Minnesota. He loved starting conversations with strangers and was adept at talking about most everything. He will be greatly missed by everyone he touched throughout his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Jerry.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marilyn; children, Rick of Minneapolis, Randy (Cindy Wanner) of Eagle River, Alaska, Ron (Barb) of Rosemount and Renee (Clark) Kristensen of White Bear Lake; grandchildren, Sean (Shannon) of Kenai, Alaska, Ian of Cairo, Egypt, Shane of The Hague, Netherlands, Heather of Rosemount and Abby and Noah of White Bear Lake; great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Kaylee and Caleb of Kenai, Alaska and Ruby of Rosemount; brother, Chad (Georgene) of Perry, Iowa; and nephew Jared (Liz) Hoffbeck.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church in Mora. Memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Milroy Cemetery in Milroy. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.