Steve “Geronimoe” Hoffman

Steve “Geronimoe” Hoffman, 60 of Princeton, Minn. passed away peacefully at his home on May 17, 2011. 

Geronimoe was born Dec. 19, 1950 in Minneapolis to Howard and Katherine (Soukup) Hoffman. He was raised and educated in Hopkins, MN graduating from Hopkins High School in 1969. He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Olson, on April 17, 1971. The couple lived in Hopkins, at Christmas Lake and rural Cambridge prior to moving to rural Princeton in 1977.  Geronimoe and Nancy had one son, Nate. They enjoyed watching Nate play hockey and spend time together as a family. Nate passed away March 1, 2007.

Geronimoe worked construction as a heavy equipment operator until a debilitating back injury in 1979.  His “hard core, manly, rough on the edges, I’ll show you” attitude gave him the strength to live his life even though he suffered with intense pain every single day. He lived his life and did not let it pass him by.

Geronimoe loved to ride his Harley with his family and friends taking many road trips over the years. He also had a passion for racing dirt track cars with Jay Anderson; he was the pit crew. Geronimoe had a green thumb, was an amazing cook and hosted an impressive fourth of July party ever year.  He was truly a unique and one of a kind type of guy who enjoyed spending time with his wife, family, friends, “granddaughters” and his dogs: Ernie and Benny. He will be greatly missed by many.

Geronimoe is survived by his wife of 40 years: Nancy; father: Howard (Dulla) Hoffman; sisters: Sue (Larry) Tillman, Karen Eaves, Mary (Dennis) Earnst; brother: Mike (Laura) Hoffman; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Bob (Dode) Olson; sisters-in-law: Gloria (Scott) Struck, Gayle (Dan) Long, Bobbie Olson; brother-in-law: Wayne (Lori) Olson.  Geronimoe is also survived by his special friends: Jay and Jamie Anderson, Lisa and Jay Anderson and their children: Jayden and Brooke as well as his nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Geronimoe was preceded in death by his son, Nate; mother, Kay and nephew, Tom.

Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials are preferred. Arrangments with Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home.