Howard Albert Hoffman
December 4, 1921
October 22, 1996
1940-41 Purdue University (College)
1941-42 Purdue University (College)
1942-43 Purdue University (College)
1943-44 Indianpolis Pure Oils (Independent)
1944-45 Oshkosh All-Stars (NBL)
1944-45 Indianpolis Pure Oils (Independent)
1945-46 Indianpolis Pure Oils (Independent)
1946-47 Anderson Duffey Packers (NBL)
Howard A. Hoffman
Born to Walter and Reba Hoffman.
Indianapolis Star article from 1941 makes reference to Howard Hoffman being the grandson of John Bradford, and a little more reading yields John's daughter Reba, who would then match to the Reba Hoffman that I originally theorizes was Howie's mother. So in short, my above possibility was accurate.
Hoffman served in the army during World War 2. He worked as a farmer until his retirement in 1987. Married to Patsy Ann Hempfling (1923-1999), they had two sons.
Indianapolis Star, November 16, 1941
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