Former president of the Chicago Kansas City Freight Line passes; he was 94

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Charles 'Chuck' Jacob Hoffman Jr.Charles "Chuck" Jacob Hoffman Jr.A leader in the Midwest trucking community died recently.

Charles "Chuck" Jacob Hoffman Jr., of Leawood, Kansas, died on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the age of 94 at St. Luke's Hospice.

Mr. Hoffman was born on March 1, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri to Charles and Florence (Brown) Hoffman. He graduated from Central High School in 1946, and from the University of Missouri in 1950. During that time he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and a Midshipman in the USNROTC. He was an Airman in the Air Force Reserves until 1957.

He had a 32-year career in trucking, most of it as president of the Chicago Kansas City Freight Line. He became a fixture in the industry, involved in various capacities with the American Trucking Associations, Missouri Bus and Truck Association, and served on the boards of various industry organizations. He received the Transportation Man of the Year in Kansas City in 1970. Later, he started Hoffman Realty and Hoffman Building Management, which continued to the present. 

Preceding him in death were his wife of 69 years Ellene, sister Beverly Hoffman, foster brother Warren "Nick" Kennedy, and daughter Susan (David) Harmon.

Mr. Hoffman is survived by sons Steven (Laurie) Hoffman of Charleston, South Carolina and Mark Hoffman of Leawood, Kansas, and four grandchildren, Jake (Amy) Harmon, Angie (Travis) Colvin, Michaela Hoffman and Wyatt Hoffman, and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on March 1 at 10 a.m. at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the charity of your choice.