Obituary of James Hoffman

James “Jim” Gordon Hoffman, age 86, a resident of Fort Scott, died Tuesday, February 16, 2021.  He was born August 22, 1934, to Lester H. and Hazel (Bowers) Hoffman in Ottawa, Kansas. 

After graduating from Ottawa High with the class of 1952, he attended the University of Kansas and served in the U.S. Army and the Kansas National Guard.

He moved to Fort Scott in 1959 and retired in 1996 after 42 years as an engineering technician with the Kansas Department of Transportation.  He was a past member of the Kansas Jaycees and enjoyed league bowling for 39 years.

  He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.  His hobbies were feeding birds and wildlife, spending hours on the internet researching family genealogy, and following his grandchildren’s many activities.


On June 21, 1969, he married Janice Kay Goodsell at Moran, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife; a sister, Evelyn Hamilton; a brother, Kenneth Hoffman; and his parents.

He is survived by his children Becky Tourtillott and husband Joe, Fort Scott, and Brian Hoffman and wife Tamara, Lawrence, Kansas, and grandchildren Hannah and Wyatt Tourtillott and Kyle Hoffman.  Also surviving are a sister-in-law Mary Kaye Hoffman of Powhatan, Virginia, and a sister-in-law Joyce Todd and husband Gene, Fort Scott, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Private family graveside services will take place Monday, February 22nd, in the U. S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott. Memorials are suggested to either First United Methodist Church or Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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