Benedict “Babe” Hoffman III -Obit

Benedict John “Babe” Hoffman III, age 60, Cass Lake, Minnesota, died Monday, September 30, 2019, at Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital, in Duluth, Minnesota, after a brief illness.

Benedict John “Babe” Hoffman, III was born in Virginia, MN, on July 2, 1959, to Ben Hoffman, Jr. and Virginia (Vizenor) Hoffman. He grew up in Parkville, MN, until moving to Kinmount, MN, when he was five. He attended Orr High School where he graduated in 1977. He was a member of the Lady of Fatima Church.

Babe worked many years in the family-owned Hoffman’s Store and Hoffman’s Wild Rice Company. He had talented carpentry skills and became self-employed in Excell Exteriors. Being a musician was his greatest passion which was enjoyed by family and friends. Many songs and sing-alongs being held around a warm fire. He played in numerous bands throughout the years – Backwood Boys, The Difference, Hands Down and The Heaters. He enjoyed swimming, pool, motorcycling, spending time at the church and was often accompanied by a four-legged friend.

Babe is survived by sisters: Ginny (Mike) Crain, Milaca, MN; Mary (Danny) Doyea, Beltrami, MN; Laurie (Dean) Konen, Nowthen, MN; sister-in-law, Susie Hoffman, Orr, MN; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and Josie. He is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, his brother, Jim, his father Ben Hoffman, Jr. and his mother Virginia Disse.

Music was my life ~ the lyrics were my story!

Memorial Service: 3:00 pm, Saturday, November 2, 2019, at Ash KaNam Resort near Orr, Minnesota.
Inurnment: Lady of Fatima Cemetery, Rural Kinmount, Minnesota.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Homes, Ada, Minnesota