Jerry D. Hoffman

Age 72, passed away January 13, 2015.  He was born March 27, 1942, in Lansing, to Kenneth L. and Helen M. (Grinstern) Hoffman.  Jerry graduated from MSU and worked for GM for 30 years.  He proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years.  Jerry enjoyed outdoor gardening, photography and woodworking.

Jerry was preceded in death by:  his parents and brother, Larry R. Hoffman.  Surviving are:  sisters, Karen Sue (James H.) Stump of Lansing and Mary Jo Detzler of Lansing; nephews, Michael (Kim) Stump of Mason, Todd (Maureen) Stump of DeWitt and Tom Detzler of Lansing; many loving grand-nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, with interment to follow in North Cemetery.  His family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, and one hour prior to the funeral service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing, Inc. or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Jerry D. Hoffman.

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Don Wood
January 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm

I worked with Jerry in the General Motors Design Truck Studio from about 1975 to 1992, where Jerry was a designer. We had responsibility for the exterior appearance for all light, medium, and heavy duty trucks, as well as the GMC motor home and the RTS coach. Our team consisted of designers, clay modelers, and engineers.
One day word came down that the Color Studio was on fire and we were to evacuate. We had three heavy duty trucks on display in the Truck Studio with full tanks of fuel. We opened the door to the Ponderosa outside viewing area so Jerry, with his former experience as a truck driver, could start the trucks up and drive them out to safety.
Another day Jerry was driving a bunch of us in a RTS Coach around the General Motors Technical Center where we worked. It was lunch time and a security guard pulled us over. He thought we were a load of people lost in the Tech Center. Jerry explained that we were just out for a ride on a Summer day.


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