MARION — Ross E. Hoffman, 55, died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at Marion General Hospital.
He was born in Goshen, to Donald and Betty (Logan) Hoffman; they survive his death.
He married Karen Putnam July 22, 1978. She survives.
He was the owner and operator of Pro Prints for the past seven years and formerly served as director of advancement for Indiana Wesleyan University from 1992 to 2006. Ross was a member of College Wesleyan Church. He was actively involved with the Community Foundation, Marion; Carey Services, Marion; The Crossing; and the Outreach Committee at College Wesleyan Church as advancement director for the church.
Thousands called Ross friend, and tens of thousands were impacted by his life. He had a passion for connecting people to big plans with Jesus Christ at their center. He helped the young receive Christian higher education and helped those in need in his local community and around the world to thrive. He mentored children, teens, young adults and business colleagues. He gave of his time, money and expertise at the local, national and even international level in the fields of education, missions, community development, orphan care, church planting, AIDS relief and Christian ministry.
Many officials including those at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), The Wesleyan Church (TWC) and World Hope International expressed their deep sorrow and appreciation of his influence. Dr. David Wright, president of IWU, said, “Even as we mourn the loss, we thank God for the blessing of Ross’s wonderful life of service to so many in our community.” Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent of TWC, added, “Ross’s journey of pursuing and delighting our Lord with a contagious spirit rubbed off on all of us.”
There will be a time of visitation Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the 1 p.m. service Monday at College Wesleyan Church, 200 E. 38th Street, Marion. The Rev. Steve DeNeff will officiate.
Burial will be in Grant Memorial Park, Marion.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Hoffman, Marion; son, Logan (Emilie) Hoffman, New Zealand; daughter, Jolie (Stephen) Leonard, Seattle, Wash.; granddaughter, Alice; sisters, Kay (Clayton) Bjurstrom and Joy (Scott) Nystrand, both of Goshen; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Memorial contributions may be directed to The Well (church plant) in Christchurch, New Zealand through College Wesleyan Church, 200 E. 38th Street, Marion, IN 46953.
Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Marion, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com .