Obituary for John T. Hoffland

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

John Truman Hoffland

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — John Truman Hoffland, 64, of Eau Claire passed away the morning of Saturday, July 4, 2009, at his home in Eau Claire.

John was born May 3, 1945, in Baraboo, Wis., to Palmer and Georgia Hoffland. He grew up on a dairy farm on Cherry Grove Ridge, east of Viroqua, and graduated from Viroqua High School in 1963. John attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and later graduated from Brown Institute in Minneapolis in 1970 and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1973. John was enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1965-68, receiving an honorable discharge after achieving the rank of SP5.

John’s career in broadcasting began as a teenage disc jockey at WVRQ in Viroqua. He was later on the news staffs at WIZM-AM in La Crosse; KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Iowa, and WKBT-TV in La Crosse. John took a news producer position at WEAU-TV/WAXX-FM/WAYY-AM in Eau Claire in 1978 then became a producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis in 1979. He returned to WAYY as senior editor in 1980 and was named news director at WEAU/WAXX/WAYY in 1981. John became executive producer/assistant news director at WITI-TV in Milwaukee in 1983, then returned to WEAU as news director in 1986. He was the recipient in 2002 of the Carol Brewer Award for outstanding service to broadcast journalism. John retired in 2007, becoming a news anchor/reporter for WAYY. He again returned to WEAU as news director in 2008. He inspired so many lives for the better.

John is survived by his wife, Penny; his son, Lukas Anthony; the family dog, “Capi”; his brothers, Palmer Jr. and Phillip of Viroqua; and many relatives. He was dearly loved, and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 3214 Golf Road, Eau Claire. Pastor David K. Anderson will officiate. Friends may call at the church Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. until time of services. Military Honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 53 after the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family.

Friends may offer condolences online at

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

There’s also a scholarship set up in John's memory. The "John T. Hoffland Memorial Scholarship" will benefit students at UW-Eau Claire. To donate, send a check to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, in care of the John T. Hoffland Memorial Scholarship, at 105 Garfield Avenue in Eau Claire.

You need to specify on the check that you are donating to the scholarship.

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