Born in Elgin Illinois to Walter J. and Mamie L. Hoffman, Neil graduated from Elgin High school and attended Elgin Community College. He enlisted in the
United States Navy during the Korean War and as an Aviation Third Class Petty Officer
was discharged from active duty in March of 1956. He married Ann Estell Connell April 2, 1955 during his last year
in the navy. The couple resided first at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, later at Champaign, Illinois, Decatur, Illinois, Broomfield, Colorado and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Neil retired from the General Electric Company, Evendale, Ohio at the close of 1992. He was with the GE Jet Engine Division and traveled worldwide for the company auditing and teaching. During retirement, he and Ann lived in Ouray, Colorado where Neil drove jeep tours in the San Juan Mountains.
Neil is survived by his wife, Ann, and three children; Debra Jones, David Hoffman and Mark Hoffman. He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter Cheri Calvin and granddaughter Chandra Smith. Neil leaves seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren to carry forward his positive attitude. He will be buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery just north of Ouray, Colorado. For those so inspired, donations in Niel's honor may be made to the PBY Museum, Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington, or to the Boy Scouts of America.