Jesse Hofmann

Jesse Hofmann, 93, of Norman, Okla., died on Friday, July 24, 2020. He grew up in Lincoln, Plattsmouth, and Omaha, Nebraska. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Navy from 1945 to 1948.

He married Arlene, his high school sweetheart, in 1948 and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1950. He taught Junior High School in Wichita, Kan., for several years. In 1956, he joined the RAND Corporation to pursue a career in computers. As a pioneer in the computer field, he moved frequently all over the country, living in nine states. He mostly worked at Air Force Bases around the country spending his last 18 years at Tinker Air Force Base prior to retirement in 1995.

Jesse loved spending time with family and friends, including lifelong “Navy Gang” friends. In later years, he enjoyed the company of Evelyn Thompson and Dan Meyer. He had a fantastic memory with vivid recollection of places he visited and things he had done. He loved telling stories and jokes.   

Jesse is survived by his children, Deborah Hofmann Tims of Norman, Okla., and J. Philip (Marcie) Hofmann III of Overland Park, Kan.; grandchildren, Joel (Jami) Tims of Norman, Okla., Andy (May) Tims of Portland, Ore., Nicole (Jace) Knutson of Leawood, Kan., and Jessica Hofmann of Overland Park, Kan.; brother, Roger (Beulah) Hofmann of Brazil, Ind.; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; his parents and sister. 

Visitation will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020, at Warren Cemetery in Norman.

The family appreciated the care given to Jesse from Tender Care Hospice.

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