Thomas Hoffman

Profile Updated: May 13, 2019
Residing In: Lake Elmo, MN USA
Spouse/Partner: Helen (Smestad)
Occupation: Engineering Field Technician (retired '13)
Children: Doug


Military Service: US Army 1970-71  
Yes! Attending Reunion

Hello Gang!

Hope everybody is doing well on the crazy cruise through life. On just a simple urge I found this site just wondering how everybody is doing. I have seen but a few of the class gang since '69, and truly wish you all the best of luck.


School Story:

I vividly remember making car parts, tools, and jack stands in shop class with Mr. Fireabin (sp) as the shop teacher along with Mr. Hilliard in auto class. Just before graduating from the U of M in 1977 I got to re-visit school performing as a student teacher under these same wonderful guys. Wow, those were the days!

I still use some of those 40 year old tools and jack stands yet today, enjoying my passion for drag racing, often times with my kids and wife.

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May 13, 2019 at 9:14 AM
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Mar 23, 2019 at 6:36 AM

When running for student office, you gave the best "candidate" speech we will ever hear Gerry! It sticks with me to this day! Best of luck to you! Hope to see you at the reunion.

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May 15, 2019 at 4:41 PM

Posted on: Mar 20, 2019 at 8:01 PM

After school was inducted into the army, went to RVN in a combat rate. Graduated from U of M in '76. Went to work for FMC/United Defense/BAE.

Retired from BAE in 2013 after 35 years. Now I'm either restoring cars, drag racing, or going fishing with the grand kids. I've been blessed to have a great life, and I'm still having fun.

I am rather shocked at the number of my close school friends that have passed. But life has to go on.

Thomas Hoffman has left an In Memory comment for Steve Burch.
Mar 19, 2019 at 3:33 PM


I was within miles (at the "rock pile") of my friend and neighbor Steve when this happened.  I didn't know it at the time, but when I got a letter from my mom I knew.  One of the hardest things in life to do was to visit Steve's mom when I got home.  This affected the neighborhood as well as myself.  Life isn't fair, but it goes on anyway.  You don't get to be a helicopter pilot unless you are the best of the  best, and Steve was that.  Been to the wall a couple of times to "visit" and look up names.  Very very somber place for me.




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