Alfred A. Hoffmann Jr., 89, of Kronenwetter, died January 5, 2021 at his home with his family by his side.
Alfred was born April 9, 1931 in the Town of Stettin, to the late Alfred and Clara (Bartelt) Hoffmann.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Takako (Shuto) Hoffmann of Kronenwetter; sons, Jimmy, Randy (Juella), Mark, and John; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; by brothers Marvin, Orville, Donald and Robert; and by sisters Winifred Barnett and Florence Krueger.
After graduation from Wausau Senior High School, Alfred continued his education at Wausau School of Vocational and Adult Education where he completed two years of studies in Agriculture and Business Management, graduating in 1952.
Alfred was a member of Company F, 426 Infantry, 32nd Wisconsin National Guard Division, when that unit was operating at Rothschild Pavilion. He elected to go on active duty as a guardsman during the Korean War.
Upon completion of infantry training with the 31st “(Dixie)” division at Camp Alterburg, Indiana, Alfred was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.
After his tour in Korea, Alfred remained on active duty with assignment to the Far East/ United Nations Command in Tokyo. It was here that he married his loving wife, Takako. Together, and with future children, they remained a military family.
In addition to his tours in Korea and Japan, other overseas assignments included duty at Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Zone; another town in Korea with duty at eight Army/ UN command; US Army Pacific Intelligence School in Okinawa; and US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam.
Main stateside assignments were with Fitzsimons Army Hospital, Denver; Army ROTC Instructor Groups and University of Maine, Orono; and Fort Lewis, Washington.
After retiring from military service in 1973; Alfred and his family moved to Wisconsin. He worked as a Credit Manager at Wausau Medical Center; worked with District offices at Rhinelander for the 1980 census and at Wausau for the 1990 census. Alfred filled in as a part time rural mail carrier at Rhinelander and Wausau; and kept busy as an independent real estate broker.
Time was always allowed for travel with Takako to visit relatives and friends in Japan and Malaysia. Whenever they, in return, visited Wisconsin, Alfred and Takako enjoyed taking them to see America via Amtrak trips. He enjoyed bus tours to Branson, and more recently, overnight trips to more local casinos with old time friends and neighbors.
Alfred was a charter and life member of Peplin Memorial VFW Post 8280 where he served as Post Adjutant for many years.
A celebration of Alfred’s life will be held at a later date to be announced.
Alfred lived his life with honor, dignity, and respect but will also be remembered for his quiet nature and truly altruistic heart. His dedication to his wife and family were shown through many acts of compassion, which will be imprinted in our hearts as the memories he now leaves with us.
Brainard Funeral Home- Everest Chapel is assisting the family.
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