American Veteran 04


Alan F. Hoffman

1952 - 2021



Alan Francis Hoffman, 68, of Rockford, formerly of Shelby, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Bishop Hills Assisted Living in Rockford.  He was born November 21, 1952, in Hart, the son of Albert and Dorothy (Bedell) Hoffman. Alan lived in Hart until the age of 7 when the family moved to Shelby.  Alan was a 1971 graduate of Shelby High School.  He was employed at Howmet in Whitehall, starting in 1985, until he retired in 2014, and moved to Mount Pleasant shortly after. Alan served in the Army, enjoyed learning about history, watching sports, especially the Lions and Tigers, and loved to travel.

Alan is survived by his son, Benjamin (Jamie) Hoffman of Grand Rapids, Michigan, his grandchildren, Lucas, Elsie, and Mason, sister Nancy (John) Garvey of Muskegon, brothers, Steven (Virginia) Hoffman of Ashland, Pennsylvania and David Hoffman of Longview, Washington, and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ruth (1962), brother Wayne (2019), and grandson Dylan (2014).

Per his wishes, Alan will be cremated and a private graveside service will be held. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Shelby. Alan’s family would like to thank the excellent staff at Bishop Hills Assisted Living in Rockford and Spectrum Health Hospice for their compassionate care of Alan in his final days. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made in Alan’s name to one of several great causes through The Spectrum Health Foundation or Bishop Hills Assisted Living. 

The Harris Funeral Home, Shelby, is handling arrangements.



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Amy Conkle

April 12, 2021 7:03 PM

 I have a lot of memories of uncle Alan when I was a little girl, Rest in peace. Until we meet again.

Erik s villadsen

April 12, 2021 3:07 PM

Uncle Alan we were never close but we shall meet again your nephew 

Thomas Shaffer

April 11, 2021 2:49 PM

I have lost the friend of a lifetime. Alan and I had such wonderful adventures. In the 1970's I flew down to Ft. Hood, TX (where Alan was stationed in the Army), and then Alan and I took a road trip home to Shelby, MI. And then, a little later in the 70's, we took a road trip to Bar Harbor, Maine (from Shelby to Maine, and back) to visit one of his Army buddies. As you can imagine, we have had LOTS of conversations throughout the years. He will be greatly missed! I'm going to miss those voice mails that started out "This is Alan." RIP dear friend.  Thomas

Mark R. Parrish

April 9, 2021 9:57 AM

To the Family of Mr. Alan F. Hoffman,

The membership of American Legion Post #234 in Hart, Michigan, would like to share our deepest sympathy with your family on your loss. Mr. Hoffman’s service to our country makes him a hero as far as we’re concerned and certainly you’re very proud of him, too. We want you to know that his brothers and sisters in arms now share in your grief.

Warmest Regards and God bless you all.

Mark R. Parrish, Commander

Lynn VanSickle

April 8, 2021 10:27 PM

I was saddened to hear that one of my SHS classmates passed.  Alan was easygoing and kindhearted, just enjoyable to be with in classes and band activities.  It was a privilege to have known him.  You have my deepest sympathy and are in my thoughts and prayers.

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