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Merl N. Hoffman

October 14, 1928 ~ November 1, 2019 (age 91)


Merl Newell “Newt” Hoffman, 91, of Harrisville passed away at home on November 1, 2019.

Merl was born October 14, 1928 in Emlenton, he was the son of Harold and Austie McElhaney Hoffman.

Merl graduated from Clintonville High School. He was married to Sarah Ruth, she passed away August 6, 1990.  

Merl was a self-employed truck driver.  He enjoyed spending time with his family especially hauling scrap with his sons.  He loved his little dog “Fluff”.  Although he made his living driving truck, he didn’t think it as a job, he loved it.  He liked to travel and see new country.   Merl was always seen driving around his pride and joy, his blue Chevy pickup. 

Loved ones left to cherish his memory are his long time companion whom he made his home with Marjorie Snyder of Harrisville his children; Edward Hoffman and wife Cheryl of Polk, David K. Hoffman of West Sunbury, Z. Merlene Martin of Grove City, Betty Lang and husband Tom of Polk, Helen Rodriguez and her husband Ramiro of Polk, Ruth Finch of Meadville and Robert Hoffman and wife Diane of Harrisville.  A daughter in law Diane Hoffman of Polk and son in law Garner Grossman of Harrisville.   A brother William Hoffman of Parker.  29 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. 

Merl was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a daughter Verda “Sue” Grossman, two sons Harold Hoffman and Randall Hoffman, a grandson Austin Randall Hoffman, a granddaughter Caressa Anne Martin.  A sister Alyce Hawbecker, a brother Lester Hoffman.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Scrubgrass Stone Church, 258 Stone Church Road, Emlenton PA 16373 at 2:00 p.m.  Memorial donations may be sent to the church in Merl’s honor. 

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Memorial Service
November 9, 2019

2:00 PM
Scrubgrass Stone Church
258 Stone Church Road
Emlenton, PA 16373

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