About John

John L. Hoffa touched the lives of many and while we have our own fond memories to cherish, we hope you’ll share some of yours too.  Click the button below to share your story or read on to learn about the beloved son, brother, grandson, uncle, cousin &  friend we all knew and loved!


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3 Years After Suicide

As far as anniversaries go, this one is one I’d prefer to forget. Last year I had a really hard time finding words to describe how things were 2 years after John died so I didn’t say anything at all. This year, marks 3 years since he left us. 3 has always been my lucky… Continue Reading

Fond Memories of John

Fond Memories of John

My husband and I worked with John in Chicago and spent a great deal of time together. One of our fondest memories was going to Puerto Vallarta with him, and although I had visited PV a few times before, that trip will always be my favorite. John had an amazing spirit, personality and zest for… Continue Reading

Thinking of Johnny

Thinking of Johnny

This has been a rough week. I can’t believe it has been a year that you have been gone. As the tears flow on a daily basis, I try to remember the fun times, the happy times. It’s not always easy. I miss you Johnny. You could light up a room with your smile and… Continue Reading

Christmas in Heaven

Amidst the joys of the holiday season, this is our first Christmas without John. I talked to his Mother yesterday and she told me that she and my Uncle (John’s Dad) saw this poem in the Grand Island newspaper. They had read it and cried…  She read it to me over the phone and we… Continue Reading

And So We Walked…

And So We Walked…

Today marked a milestone for our family. The Haags and Hoffas got together in Kansas City to participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention and Awareness.  Looking back at at life so far, everything has been split into two parts- Before John Died and After John Died. Today, all I could… Continue Reading

Johnny’s Smile

Johnny’s Smile

Who can forget Johnny’s smile! I worked with Johnny, he was smart, pleasant and fun to be with and always there to help. He seemed to be an old soul in a young body, I remember so many of our long hours of conversations; no matter what your problem was, he listened and seemed to… Continue Reading

Johnny’s Laugh

Johnny’s Laugh

As I go through the memories in my mind of my beloved cousin John Hoffa, there is one thing that stands out- his laugh. If I sit still long enough and think about him, I can see his face and hear his voice- and that laugh.  That heartfelt, almost giddy laugh that was so infectious… Continue Reading

Thoughts from a co-worker

Recently I heard that John had passed. Today I learned how it happened. So terribly sad. He was a quintessential “full of life” guy who loved working at Playboy. Those of us who worked there with John will never forget him. While few if any of his friends and family can comprehend how he left… Continue Reading