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Wayne E Hoffman

December 7, 1929 - September 11, 2022

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Wayne Hoffman, recently of St. Charles, Illinois, formerly of Florence, South Carolina,
passed away at home on September 11, 2022, just a few months shy of his 93 rd birthday. Raised
on a farm in Ohio, he left home for the Air Force during the Korean War; he hoped to fly planes
but ended up serving as a medic which he loved. Returning to the family farm after the service,
he contemplated medical school, but ultimately pursued engineering, earning a degree in
electrical engineering at Ohio University where he met his future wife, Lynn. Wayne went to
work for Lincoln Electric in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked for many years developing
welding equipment. He and Lynn married in 1961, and their two daughters were born during
their years in Ohio. Work opportunities took them to the Chicago area and then to Florence,
where Wayne worked at ESAB for more than 20 years.
When the farm boy in Wayne yearned for something to put in the barn of their home outside
Cleveland, he brought home a pony. This led to years of horses – and rabbits and chickens and
cats and dogs! Early morning feedings and early morning horse show preparations with his girls
kept him tied to those farm roots. He enjoyed being outdoors and kept a meticulous yard – when
they moved to a townhome from the house in the country, he busied himself with the shrubbery
and flowers, and he lovingly tended the gardens at his homes in Florence.
Wayne loved good food and appreciated every meal Lynn made for him or that they enjoyed
together out. He loved classical music and a good scotch. And he loved his work. He was active
over the years in the American Welding Society (AWS) and the National Electrical
Manufacturing Association (NEMA) and was a delegate for many years to the International
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), traveling the world to work on international manufacturing
standards. He served as a curriculum consultant at Florence-Darlington Tech.
Family was foremost — Wayne is survived by Lynn, his wife of 62 years, his daughters, Lisa
Neumann (Bruce) and Karen Dwyer (Bill), and his granddaughters, Charlotte Dwyer and
Madeline Dwyer. There is no visitation A celebration of life may be held at later date.
For information please call Yurs Funeral Home Geneva 630-232-7337


Debra Johnson from Fort Collins, CO

"Dear Lynn πŸ’“, and the rest of the fam ...seems appropriate I'm watching the pageantry for Queen Elizabeth while connecting with cuz info. Wayne passed in great company & also now w/911victims. He was, and always will be, a Dear πŸ’ž Love you!"

Libby Wiersema from Florence, SC

"Lynn, I am so sad to hear about Wayne's passing. He sure was the life of the party, and I cherish the memories of our lively conversations and fun times in Florence. I know so many people share my sentiments. Peace be with you and yours during this time and always."

Stephanie Raia from Florence, SC

"Dear Lynn and Family, I was sorry to hear of Wayne’s death. He had a remarkable career and remained a humble, friendly neighbor. I remember our conversations as he walked your dog and hope that you can be comforted in time by your own memories of happy times. Be well, Stephanie"

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