Donald R. Hoffman, 85

Published 8:30 am Thursday, September 28, 2017

Donald R. Hoffman, 85

Donald R. Hoffman, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. He was born April 12, 1932, in Austin, the son of Delbert and Rose (Anderson) Hoffman.

Don attended Columbus Grade School and St. Augustine High School, graduating in 1951. He then attended Austin Junior College and went to work for the Austin Police Department. Don served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On May 11, 1957, he was united in marriage to Patricia Halligan at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. Their union was blessed with four children and 60 years of marriage. Don was proud to be a member of the Austin Police Department. He retired as Austin’s Police Chief on June 30, 1990. Don loved woodworking and did some cement work on the side. He was an avid reader and loved to travel. A lifelong resident of Austin, he belonged to the VFW, Queen of Angels Catholic Church, and was instrumental in starting the Austin Police Department Chaplain Association and the Police Auxiliary. His friends and family will miss him dearly.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Hoffman of Austin; his son, Mark (Kathy) Hoffman of LaPorte, Minnesota; his daughters, Shelly (Rick) Hovland of Waseca, Minnesota, Jill Wagner of Austin, and Gretchen (Greg) Beckel of Austin; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Rose Hoffman; and two brothers, Bob and Delbert.

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A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at