Martin Franklin Hoffman (1920-2009)
Martin Franklin Hoffman, 88, of Ashland died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. He was born Sept. 13, 1920, in Ephrata, Pa., the son of the late Martin Ellsworth and Bessie Hartranft Hoffman. He was the husband of Louise Cossett Hoffman who passed away in 2000. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Ashland for over 60 years and served as a deacon for 50 years, where he was the chairman of ushers. He was a member of the Mason Poage Lodge 325 and a long-time member of the Greenup Association of Baptist Churches and serving on several committees. He was a graduate of New Holland High School where he played clarinet in the school orchestra and played in several civic bands in Lancaster County, Pa. He was a 1942 graduate of Berea College where he also played in the college band and orchestra; a Kentucky Colonel; and a member of the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley in Ephrata.
He retired in 1988 after 40 years as an insurance inspector with Equifax services of Atlanta, Ga. and he worked over 10 years as a fiction specialist with the Boyd County Public Library.
From 1942 to 1945, the World War II veteran of the Army Air Corp served as a staff sergeant with the 391st Bomb Group in England, France and Belgium for two years.
Survivors include one son, Martin Reed Hoffman of Worthington; one daughter, Georgia L. Rigsby and her husband, Allan, of Ashland; one brother, Harry W. Hoffman of New Holland, Pa.; three grandchildren, Angela L. Roberts, Martin T. Hoffman and Jessica Doyle; and one great-granddaughter, Abbygail May Hoffman.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel, in Ashland by Dr. Michael Rice of Ewing. Burial will be in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens in Ashland with military graveside rites by the American Legion Post 93 of Kenova and a Masonic service at 11 a.m. by the Poage Lodge 325 of Ashland.
Online condolences may be sent to www.steenfuneralhomes.com.