Larry D. Hoffman
May 24, 1948 - May 30, 2020
Larry Dean Hoffman, age 74, of Joplin, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2022 at his home with family at his side.
Larry was born May 24, 1948 in Appleton City, Missouri, son of the late Paul E. Hoffman and Margie Viola (Ammons) Hoffman. He grew up in Butler, Missouri and graduated from Butler High School.
Larry has been an independent truck driver for many years. He started driving trucks at the age of 10, and has continued all his life. He was an owner/operator hauling and selling his own grain. He was known to drive anything, and was also hard on them as a youngster, blowing several motors during his younger days which helped with his becoming of a very talented mechanic. He enjoyed working on cars, race cars, and his passion of restoring his old semi-trucks. He also loved trading for goods and services, he got his first truck and trailer at the age of 17.
Larry had two sons, Jerry and Jimmy with his first wife, and then married Connie (Rabourn) Hockett in October 1976, and gained three additional children, Lisha, Gill, and Travis. Larry was a member of Fir Road Christian Church and was recently attending Center Point Christian Church.
He was a person who “never met a stranger” and would strike up a conversation with anyone. He was always looking to make the next great deal by trading. He loved his wife and children and was especially proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments. He was known to many and will be greatly missed.
In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by a twin brother, Jerry Dale Hoffman, and a son, Gill Hockett.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Connie Hoffman; children, Jerry Hoffman of Oronogo, Jimmy Hoffman of Marshall, Lisha McRae and husband Adam of Carl Junction, Travis Perry of Joplin; grandchildren, Ryan McRae and wife Linze, Lauren McRae, Chaz McRae, Shelby Perry, Seth Perry and wife Mirana, Walker Hoffman. Great Grandchildren Azalea McRae, Eve McRae, Coen and Bexley Cribb-Perry.
Graveside service will be Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with Pastor Kelly Ross officiating; Jeff Minick, Chuck Westmoreland, Jamie Crow, Ross Bennett, Brantley Johnson and Doug Holloway serving as pallbearers.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital care of Parker Mortuary.
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