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Kenneth Paul Hoffman passed away on May 2, 2016. He was born in Youngstown, OH, on April 10, 1938. He was the son of Edgar W. Hoffman and Grace Ward Hoffman and step-mother Vera M. Hoffman. He was raised in Austintown, OH, and graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1956 where he competed in all sports. After graduation, he attended Youngstown State University completing a BA degree in chemistry and biology in 1966. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
This 10-year period was interrupted due to his enlistment into the U.S. Army (1960 to 1963) where he served in the Army medical corps as a combat medic and an ambulance driver and cross trained in the various disciplines of the units medical clinic. He was stationed in Straubing, Germany, 7th Army 1st Cav Division, 11th Armored Calvary from January 1961 through June 1963 during the Cold War period. Straubing is located in southern Germany in the beautiful Bavarian countryside.
After graduating from YSU, he accepted a job in Cleveland, OH, with Tremco, Inc. as a research and development chemist in product development supporting the commercial construction industry. After six years in the lab and during his 30-year career at Tremco, he was promoted into several technical product marketing management positions. During his time with Tremco, he was awarded two U.S. patents for his work in the commercial construction market. In 1987, he was promoted into Tremco's International Division as the Glazing Product Sales and Marketing manager with global responsibilities. This required extensive travel to all regions of the world developing and supporting new business opportunities primarily in major cities in the Pacific Rim, Australia, Middle East, Europe, South America and North America until his retirement in December 1997. He was a member of the NGA (National Glass Association), AAMA (Architectural Aluminum Manufacturers Association), and ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials).
Upon his retirement he moved to Fairfield Glade, TN, where he took up golf and became interested in the hobby of woodworking. He has designed and made custom furniture out of solid oak, walnut and maple hardwoods in his workshop. Additionally, he made custom bookshelves and toy boxes for children of family members and friends to enjoy. He enjoyed following college football, especially his Buckeyes of The Ohio State University, in Columbus, OH.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Duane E. Hoffman; sister, Evelyn McCreary; stepsister, Betty Lippiatt; and stepbrother, Bill Lippiatt. He is survived by his son, Mark S. Hoffman of College Park, MD; and several nephews and nieces, Kenneth, Robert, Scott, Deborah, Debi, Jodi and James.
He opted for cremation and Crossville Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of the arrangements. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, April 18, 2016, at 8 p.m. at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to: Disabled American Veterans #32, 486 Sparta Dr., Crossville, TN 38555, (931) 456-5475.
Published on  May 18, 2016
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