Harold A. Hoffman was passionate about his family.
"He always said ‘family is the greatest,’" daughter Diane Sieker said.
Hoffman was there to help family when needed, whether someone ran out of gas, had a flat tire or could use a last-minute ride or sitter for the grandchildren.
"He would come and help but you would pay the price of him telling the story at family functions," Sieker said. "He was very generous. He would give you whatever he had."
Sieker said a couple years ago, Hoffman’s grandson David came home from Purdue for an interview for his first teaching job.
"In his rush he forgot his belt,” Sieker said.
Hoffman gave his grandson the belt he was wearing, saying it was a lucky belt and the interview would be fine. David got the job, she said.
Hoffman was funny and enjoyed playing jokes. For his 15 grandchildren‘s birthdays, he wrapped up a great big box which might have a giant zucchini or coal inside. The real present was in the bottom.
Hoffman, 80, of Crown Point, was involved in Boy Scouting both when he was young and when sons were young. He loved going to all his grandchildren’s football and baseball games.
For the past 30 years, Hoffman had breakfast at his two daughters’ homes, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
A U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, Hoffman served on the USS Worcester, known as the “Wandering Wo,” working on the ship’s boilers. He spent time in the Mediterranean, in Boston Harbor and on the California coast, Sieker said.
Hoffman worked for 10 years at American Maize. He enjoyed working the Lake County Fair gates and parking for more than 20 years. He also spent many summers working for Willy Works fireworks.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Hoffman was a big Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Purdue fan. Artistic, he enjoyed drawing cartoons and making small jewelry box cedar chests. He liked playing solitaire and working crossword puzzles.