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Roger E. Hoffmann

Jul 04, 1935 - Aug 19, 2020


Roger E. Hoffmann, age 85 of Sheboygan, went to his heavenly home on August 19, 2020. Roger was born on July 4, 1935 to the late Ray and Carol Hoffmann. After graduating from Central High School in 1953, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was later deployed to serve in the Korean war. Roger received his BA from Arizona State University and his Masters of Art degree from Marquette University. Roger was a speech Pathologist for 35 years and was elected President of the Sheboygan County Association. He was the 1st Speech Pathologist in Sheboygan County, teaching in the Sheboygan Falls School District. Roger was determined to “Bridge the gap between the hearing & silent worlds”. He created a symbol that he named “Signo”. Roger introduced Signo and sign language to children in classrooms throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. His message was that to sign is FUN & not to tease those who need to sign to communicate on a daily basis. Roger also developed a TV program entitled “The Sign Language Classroom Program” and created games & numerous other products dealing with sign language. He wrote “Talk to Me”, a book based on his personal experience of overcoming the teasing he endured because his grandparents were deaf.
Roger is survived by his loving wife, Shirley of 64 years; his children, Victoria (Richard) Haynes, Tori (Thomas) Skrzypchak; his grandchildren, Brian (Sarah) Haynes and Steven Haynes. He also leaves behind his sisters-in-law, Sue (Stolzmann) Hoffmann and Sandy (Thomas) Heckner, brother-in-law, Robert Bubnes; nieces and nephews, Lori (David) Torrison, Bradley (Donna) Bubnes, Gary (Barbara) Bubnes, Kimberly (Robert) Kuehl, and Tiffany (Terry) Small, and many cousins.
Roger is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ray E. Hoffmann, and sister Roxanne Bubnes, and a nephew Ross Hoffmann.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers at Golden Harbor Assisted Living for their loving care and also the staff at Preceptor Hospice for their compassionate care and support given to Roger. At this time there will be no funeral services. Condolences may be expressed online at



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Robert Schneider

Our most sincere sympathy to the Hoffman family. I had the pleasure of working with Roger at Sheboygan Falls Middle School for many years. His care and concern about the students he worked with was evident and sincere. He gave our handicapped son his dad's old three-wheeler - a truly generous gesture. May he rest in peace! Bob and Marilyn Schneider

Jim Billmann

Dear Shirley & family, Accept my sincerest condolences on passing of Roger.. He was a great friend and fellow teacher for so many years. I will always remember his hearty laugh, his concern for kids, and his love not only for teaching but also for love of family.. So glad that John Meyer, Bob Schneider, Eric Plahna, and I got to spend some time with him last December. Even though he probably didn't remember our names, it sure looked like he knew our faces. He was always a special person to the many who knew him, and will be fondly remembered by the many lives he touched. Now he is in a much better place with his brother and sister and parents. May the good Lord give you all peace and comfort knowing that Roger was so special to and will be missed by so many people.. When there is a memorial service in the future, please let me know. Jim Billmann

Beverly Foley

Roger started my PW Saturday morning with a "Signo" report and other happy, positive remarks. His 6:00 AM shopping trip made my day!

Rozanne Lange

Dear Shirley and family, So sorry to hear this sad news of Roger's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs and Love, Rozanne (Zakrajsheck) Lange


so so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is hard to go through. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time

Melody Kolb

Vicki and Tori - My heart is very sad reading about the passing of your father. I have so many wonderful childhood memories. Your house was like a second home to me, Your dad was a wonderful father. He will be missed. We are keeping you, and your family in our prayers. Sending our love with hugs. Melody and Jim Kolb

Mitzi + Dale Stoltzman

Roger was such a family-loving person. He will be missed very much. Deepest sympathies to Shirley and family, from cousin, Mitzi + Dale Stoltzman

Dana Brown

Vicki and Tori - I'm so sorry to read about the passing of your father. Keeping you, your families and your mom in our prayers. Sincerely, Dana and Scott Brown, SC