MORGANSTOWN, Ind. — Ben Stout Hoff III, 61, died of a heart attack at his Lake LaSalle home in Morgantown, Ind., on Feb. 2, 2013.
Ben III was born in Culver City to Ben S. Hoff Jr. and Robbie E. (Brown) Hoff and proud big sister, Mary Beth. In 1962, his family moved to Atascadero, where he attended elementary school and graduated from Atascadero High School in 1969. Ben then went to Cal Ply and Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where much family lives. After graduating, he returned home to Atascadero, where he became a real estate agent and was a volunteer firefighter. She was also active in and a member of the Jay Cees.
Ben met and married Jana Tackett in1981. They moved to San Diego, where Ben attended Western St. University College of Law. While there they were blessed with two children, Ben IV, born in 1982 and Kaitlin, born in 1987.
The family then moved to Nashville, Ind., where they had been encouraged to move to by Jim Trolani, a fellow law student. Trolani and Hoff had a law practice together for many years and were good friends.
First, however, Ben served as a deputy prosecutor. Later he was elected Brown County prosecutor. He also spent time as the attorney for the town of Nashville and Brown County public defender. Ben had a successful law practice for 20 years and was still practicing at the time of his death.
Trolani said Hoff was excellent at handling witnesses with respect. He said, “he was an asset to his community and the legal profession because he was an attorney who cared about the people.”
Ben and Jana eventually got a divorce and in 1995 he married Linda Reece of Indiana.
Ben loved to travel, especially to Mexico and California to visit family, friends and the beaches. Ben was an excellent cook and he learned to be a good handyman and carpenter from his dad and grandfather. This helped him in dealing with income properties, as well as at home. He also greatly enjoyed reading, music, old movies, horseback riding, gold and spending time with his wife, Linda, and their dog, Adnil.
Ben is survived by his wife, Linda Marie Hoff, of Morgantown, Ind.; son, Ben S. Hoff IV, who is currently working as an aircraft communication instructor at Kabul International Airport in Afganistan; daughter, Kaitlin R. Gish, whoc is currently in her seventh year of service with the United States Air Force and in stationed in Washington, D.C., and her father walked her down the aisle on Sept. 15 to marry Matt Gish in Memphis, Tenn., and celebrated with friends and family; sister, Mary Beth Alvord, and her husband, coach Tim Alvord, of Templeton; nieces, Mendi Swan and Carey Alvord of the North County; nephew, Ryan Alvord of the North County; eight grand-neices and nephews, all of the North County; stepchildren, Sundi Sipes, Holli Gredy, Kelli Suding and Ryan Hilbert, all of Indiana; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; many cousins; 99-year-old aunt, Louise McDonald, of Sherman, Texas; and his aunt, Dorothy Hoff, of Las Vegas.
Ben loved his family and friends dearly and they loved him.
His service was held on Feb. 8 at Bond Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville, Ind.
If you wish to give a gift in memory of Ben, send the donation to Bajio Christian Mission Inc., 34428 Yucaipa Blvd. E 192, Yucaipa, CA 93499-2474. The money will go to the work of Ben’s cousin, William Hoff, and his wife, Margie, do in Honduras, or donate to the American Heart Association.For the complete article see the 02-27-2013 issue.
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