Charles “Chuck” Hoff

Chuck Hoff, age 76, of Prior Lake, MN, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Walker Methodist Care Center, in Minneapolis, MN.  

A founding member of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Chuck’s life will be honored here with visitation beginning at 9:30 am, followed by a Celebration of Life at 11 am, on Thursday, March 28, at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Service, 3611 North Berens Road NW, Prior Lake. The church is located at 3611 North Berens Road NW, Prior Lake. Pastor Rebecca Gamble will preside, with his grandchildren acting as urn bearers. Memorials can be directed to the family who will distribute to organizations that were important to Chuck, including music and educational groups 

On June 11, 1942 in Montevideo, MN, Charles Grove was born to Clarence and Evelyn (Grove) Hoff. He was the youngest of three children growing up and helping at his parent’s, Hoff’s Place, Chuck graduated from Milan High School in 1960 and from Augustana College in 1964, with a degree in Elementary Education. He also went on to earn his Master’s in Teaching from Mankato State University.  

Chuck’s teaching career began with the Prior Lake School District. Five years later, he began a 35 year plus career with the Bloomington School District. Teaching was a passion of Chuck’s and so was music. He sang with the Augustana’s Concert Choir, the Shepherd of the Lake Church Choir, Barbershop Quartet and Choruses, and was a founding member of the National Lutheran Choir. Chuck too played in the Senior Synod Band, Prior Lake Windjammers Community Band and the Prior Lake Players Community Theater. He also worked part-time in Package Pick-Up at Dayton’s Southdale for 12 years, where people enjoyed Chuck’s announcements either opening or closing the store.”  

Through mutual friends, Chuck was introduced to Kathleen Alice Graves. On August 2, 1964 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Montevideo, they were married. Chuck and Kathy were blessed with two daughters, Lisa and Amy. He was a devoted husband, father and grandpa. Chuck passed on to his family the love of music. Many road trips were filled with singing, laughter and enjoying the scenery. Chuck was active in his daughter’s lives and always present in supporting them in their activities. When Chuck was diagnosed with Dementia 15 years ago, this limited his ability of being a grandpa in the way that we knew he had originally wanted. Nonetheless, Chuck was excited to interact with them and took every opportunity available to participate in their activities.    

Chuck was dedicated to his faith and remained active his entire life. He was loving, kind hearted and loyal. Chuck was helpful, generous and always greeted you with a warm smile. Chuck will be forever remembered in those he loved most wife, Kathy; daughters, Lisa Burnham, Amy Hoff; grandchildren, Tanner, Reese, Brynn; brother-in-law, Harvey Schuman; special nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends 

Preceding Chuck in death are his parents, Clarence and Evelyn; sisters, Lynette (Cory) Rens and Kathryn Schuman 


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  1. Shirlee Ann Harold

    Hello Kathy and family
    I was so sorry to hear about Chuck. He was a dear man and his suffering is now over and he is graduated to the arms of the Lord. My condolences to you and the girls.
    Shirlee Harold

  2. Joshua L Lindgren

    Chuck was a wonderful tenor in the Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church choir for my first few years as the choir director there… I hear him singing “Ride on, King Jesus!” every now and again… what a beautiful person to have known.
    Into paradise may the angels lead you. At your coming may the martyrs receive you and bring you into the Holy City, Jerusalem. May a choir of angels welcome you, and where Lazarus is poor no more, may you have everlasting rest.

  3. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family, Kathy. Chuck was such a sweet man and we sure enjoyed all our backyard visits with him. Keeping you all in our prayers!
    The Jensen’s – Darin, Carla, Austin & Anna

  4. Kathy,
    So sorry to hear about Chuck. My sympathy to and the family.

  5. So sad for your loss Kathy. Chuck was a great educator! Loved having him sub in my classroom! Prayers to your entire family.

  6. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  7. Dear Kathy and family, sending sincere sympathy and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Chuck is singing in heaven.

  8. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Chuck. I always enjoyed talking to him in the school halls in Bloomington. He had such a wonderful singing voice!

  9. I am remembering Chuck for his friendliness and good humor. While I benefited from his musical gifts through Shepherd of the Lake, I can only imagine the gifts he shared through the Bloomington classrooms. Chuck touched so many people… for good! Dear Kathy, may you and your family be sustained with rich and pleasant memories and the promise of the Resurrection.

  10. Lynn and Linda Arvidson

    Kathy Lisa and Amy. So sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. We so loved to hear him sing. I remember when he led the Barber shop chorus and brought the whole group out to our house to surprise Lynn on his 40 th birthday.
    You are all very special to us and we have you in our prayers in this difficult time

  11. I knew Chuck when working with the Bloomington Public School. I am sad to hear this and am sorry for your loss. Peace and healing to you all.

  12. Sorry to hear of you loss Kathy. We remember the many years we spent in choir with you and Chuck. He was a great person to know.
    Dave and Judy Topinka

  13. Lorraine Prinzing

    Dear Kathy and family,
    I am very sorry to hear about your loss of chuck. May your happy memories sustain you!
    Bev (Tuninga) Schaller informed me.
    It was be nice to hear from you!
    Lorraine (Sunderland) Prinzing
    501 Via Casitas, Apt 304, Greenbrae, CA, 94904

  14. I was so surprised to hear of Chucks passing. I taught in the Bloomington school with Chuck. We were never in the same school but in the summer he and I served on many writing team and durning the school year on many committees. I always enjoyed his subtle humor and wonderful ideas. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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