Milt Fisler-Hoffman left earthly life for new life on June 18, 2021. Born April 30, 1943, his parents were Jesse and Milton Hoffman, with his sister Lisa and late brother Dennis.
Milt loved to help others. That love led him to 20 years of police service, during which he listened to and cared for many as well as doing regular police work. He and a colleague formed a youth group of African American kids to help them in their lives and to know police as friends (he was ahead of his time). Over the years he was quick to serve in other ways—helping people by the side of the road, serving as church school superintendent and much more.
Milt wooed Jane following their first “blind date” and they married in 1966. They are the hugely proud parents of Mark and Amy; parents-in-love of Ruth; and grandparents of Jacob, Jordan, Gavin, Quin and Sophia. Milt was Jane’s partner in every way, retiring from 20 years of police work to follow Jane to Raytown MO, where she served Southwood United Church of Christ. Then over later years he went to Dayton, Chicago and Los Angeles as she was called to Conference ministry. In every place, Milt knew how to ‘work a room’, visiting with diverse folk with ease and pleasure . In Dayton and Chicago he found a new calling to serve as a Job Coach for developmentally challenged adults. He was creative, caring and effective, and was named Job Coach of the year in Ohio.
He loved traveling with Jane and their friends, enjoying standing beside a pyramid in Egypt, traveling on rivers in Europe, seeing wonders in China, chatting with ship crews, friendly flirting with the pretty hostess and enjoying each new experience. When they moved to Foxwood Springs, a retirement community, he was his sociable, funny, self and came to be loved by staff and residents.
As Parkinson’s and leukemia weakened his body, he continued to work for strength and fought long and hard. When he went to nursing care rehab and then long-term care, he still joked and chatted with those who cared for him, telling stories of his life.
Milt was and is loved and will be missed by his family and many others who will celebrate his life at a service in August.
Because Milt, his daughter Amy and his nephew all stuggled with leukemia, we thought that one tribute would be to encourage support for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (the other is his church).