Gary A. Hoffman
Funeral for retired Sgt.1st Class Gary A. Hoffman, 71, Lawton, will be at 12:30 p.m .Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow with full military honors in Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin.
Retired Sgt.1st Class Gary A. Hoffman passed away on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at his home in Lawton.
Gary was born Feb. 15, 1946, in Allentown, Pa., to Robert and Helen (Chapman) Hoffman. He married Bat "Bic" Dinh on Jan. 21, 1971, in Saigon, Vietnam.
Gary grew up in Allentown, Pa., and graduated from high school there. Following high school he joined the United States Army and was in the Army until his retirement in 1987. Gary was a veteran of Vietnam and while in the Army earned numerous awards, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/Four Bronze Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Three Overseas Service Bars, Good Conduct Medal-5, Army Service Ribbon, Four Overseas Service Ribbons, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon-2, and Drivers Badge w/Sharpshooter (rifle M16). He was a very patriotic man and was very proud to serve his country. While in the Army Gary and his wife Bic were stationed in several places including Vietnam, Germany, Virginia, Hawaii, Alaska, Kentucky, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Following Gary's retirement from the Army and settling in Lawton, Bic owned and operated Hoffman's Bar and Grill with Gary's assistance at different locations until their retirement in 2016. In February of 2017 Gary was unfortunately diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and fought a tough battle until the very end.
Being from Pennsylvania, Gary was an avid Philadelphia Eagle's fan and made a great Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. He was a big kid at heart and was known as a practical joker to everyone who knew him. One of his biggest thrills was the time he was able to spend with his family and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gary is survived by his wife, Bic of the home; son, Thai Hoffman and wife Carrie of Moore; his daughters: Sherry Jones and husband Michael of Springfield, Mo., Tuyet "Tia" Williams of Springfield, and Amy Ladlee and husband Tim of Arnaudville, La.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, four sisters, two brothers, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home
An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.