Melvin R. Hoffman, 70, of 415 Allenhurst Ave., Ridgway, died on April 19, 2014.
He was born on July 8, 1943 in St. Marys, son of the late Andrew and Margaret Eckert Hoffman. He was the loving husband and best friend to Gloria M. Roseto, who he married on Nov. 26, 1964 at St. Leo's Catholic Church where he was a member. He was a graduate of St. Marys High School.
Mel joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1962. He was stationed at the 8th and I Marine Corps barracks in Washington, D.C. and also the 26th Marine Corps Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was an honor guard at Camp David and at the White House during Kennedy's presidency. His remaining term was served in the Vietnam War in North Vietnam near the Khe Sanh Air Field. He wore a Marine hat daily and was proud to have served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He retired from St. Marys Tool and Die. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting and all aspects of shooting. He was a life member of the NRA and was one of the founding members of the Ridgway Rifle Club where he could be found almost every day. Mel was also one of the founding members of the Varmint Bench Rest Silhouette Shooting. His love of long range silhouette shooting was passed on to all he met, and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. Mel will be truly missed by all who knew him but his memories will live on forever.
Mel was a patient and loving father to Melanie (Brian) Berteotti of Valencia, Lori Hoffman of Ormond Beach, Fla., Don (Bonnie) of Ridgway and Tom (Heather) of Lewisburg. He cherished quality time with his grandchildren and enjoyed attending their sporting events and taking them to the rifle range. He will be sadly missed by Nick and Cassie Berteotti; Jenna, Hailey and Kaden Hoffman; and Sean and Alex Hoffman. They all loved their grandpa very much.
He is survived by one sister, Joan Farnsworth of St. Marys.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Viola Swedenhjelm and Rose Stebick.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Melvin R. Hoffman will be celebrated at St. Leo's Catholic Church on Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Brian Vossler, pastor. Interment will be in St. Leo's Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Ridgway Military Burial Detail.
Friends and family will be received at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home, 130 Center St., on Wednesday, April 23 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ridgway YMCA, 34 North Broad St., Ridgway, Pa. 15853.