David ‘Dave’ Hoffman

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

David “Dave” Hoffman, 73, of Le Mars, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City.

David Paul Hoffman, the eldest son of Theodore “Ted” and Marjorie (Morris) Hoffman, was born Jan. 3, 1950, in Le Mars. Even as a young child, Dave was always on the move helping out on the family farm where he was the proud oldest brother of nine siblings. He often enjoyed reminiscing about their many adventures and memories.

He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars. He attended country school in Plymouth County and later school in Le Mars where he graduated in 1968 from Le Mars Community High School. Following that, he attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, where he received his associates degree in feed and fertilizer management.

He returned to Le Mars and started West Le Mars Feed and Grain. At that time, Dave also enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard where he served for many years before being honorably discharged.

 In 1970, Dave met his forever angel and he converted to Catholicism where he was a member of All Saints Parish. So, on Jan. 29, 1972, he married Mary Kay Sitzmann at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. They made their home in Le Mars until 1976, when they moved to an acreage northwest of Merrill.

In 1972 he founded Plymouth Feeds in Merrill which he and Mary Kay owned and operated through 2022. In those 50 years, he placed the highest value on listening and learning from people who were always considered good friends rather than just customers. Dave was a man who forever put his family, friends, and community first. This was evident through his never-ending dedication which led to accomplishments such as serving as a volunteer firefighter and EMT on the Merrill Ambulance; putting on 4th of July firework shows in Le Mars for many years; raising all natural, antibiotic free pork in Iowa, which he had learned about on a small farm during one of his many trips to Hawaii; and founding Plymouth Ethanol, Plymouth Oil, and Plymouth Development. Dave was also a member of the Oleson-Halweg American Legion Post 125 of Merrill.

In 2007, Dave and Mary Kay moved to a home in Le Mars. In their 51 years, they created a lifetime of memories filled with many trips and adventures. They enjoyed spending countless weekends at their cabin on Lewis and Clark Lake in Yankton, South Dakota, where Dave also enjoyed serving on the board for the Hideaway Acres Association for many years. Dave’s biggest pride and joy were his two children and five grandchildren whom he led by example, instilling in them values of hard work, empathy, resilience, and humility.

At a young age, Dave was involved with 4-H and participating in the Plymouth County Fair. He was active in the Le Mars FFA program in high school and the FFA Alumni Association for many years. Dave served on the Plymouth County Fair Board for over 35 years, also serving as president for several years. He was also active in the Association of Iowa Fairs, serving for 10 years. His love of the fair took him all the way to the Iowa State Fair Board, which he served on for 12 years including two years as board president. Prior to stepping down in December 2022 due to health issues, he had the honor of being inducted into the Association of Iowa Fairs Hall of Fame in 2021. This was well earned as Dave spent endless hours and years dedicated to building up “everything to do for any member of your family” at what he called “one of the greatest places in the world to visit.”

 Survivors include his wife, Mary Kay of Le Mars; his daughter and her husband, Kim and Matt Smock of Omaha, Nebraska, and her children, Alli, Carter, and Kailey Sitzmann; his son, Scott Hoffman (Bri Kibby) of Merrill, and his children, Brooklyn and Austin; his siblings: Deanna (Tom) Wolf of North Bend, Nebraska, Kathy (Paul) VanDeWater of Lincoln, Nebraska, Ken Hoffman of Merrill, Bob Hoffman of Merrill, Becky (Dave) Weseman of Omaha, Nebraska, Mary (Jeff) Roder of Merrill, Marcia (Chuck) Johnson of Sheldon, and Mike (Stacy) Hoffman of Merrill; his in-laws: Karen (Gary) Dreckman of Le Mars, Keith (Maria) Sitzmann of Bothell, Washington, Connie Nanninga Lancaster (Barry) of West Des Moines, Michelle (Mark) Britton of Le Mars, Cindy (Luke) Sauer of Omaha, Nebraska, Lynne Hoffman of Le Mars, and Eliese Hoffman of Merrill; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Marjorie Hoffman; his father and mother-in-law, Harold and Shirley Sitzmann; a brother-in-law, Bruce Nanninga; and a nephew, Bradley Britton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 27, at All Saints Catholic Parish St. Joseph Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Douglas Klein will celebrate Mass. Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Oleson-Halweg Post 125 of Merrill. Private family burial will be later. Visitation with the family present will begin at 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, at All Saints Catholic Parish St. Joseph Church with a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. There will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 8 p.m., followed by a 4th Degree Chalice Presentation, all at the church. Visitation will resume at 10 a.m., until service time on Friday at the church.

Memorials can be made in Dave’s name to Plymouth County Right to Life or to a favorite charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with the Rexwinkel Funeral Home in Le Mars.

Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.rexwinkelfh.com.