Students remember beloved Bellevue teacher

Reported by Dick Berry email
Posted by Kate Oatis email

BELLEVUE (WTOL) - Students, faculty and staff at Bellevue High School are in mourning for a beloved teacher who was killed after losing control of his pick-up truck in Bucyrus.

Robert Hoffman taught at Bellevue High School for the last 27 years. His Future Farmers of America (FFA) classes earned him the respect and admiration of students and fellow teachers.

"He helped me build confidence in myself and helped to bring out the weaknesses and make them better and become the best person I could be," said former student Mindy Fox. "He gave me a speaking ability. Before, I was really shy."

Folks remember Hoffman as one of the best FFA teachers in Ohio. Several years ago, he was named the top vocational agriculture instructor in the U.S.

"He gave 100 percent of his time to it. He was there whenever you needed him to be for anyone at any time," said Hoffman's teacher's aide, Linda Daniel. "He was a huge influence around the state, ag community, cattle industry and an ag teacher."

Everybody agrees Hoffman will be tough to replace.

"It won't be filled. There's no way you could fill what he did here with anyone," said student Cody Rine.

Hoffman was also a familiar face at the concession stands during football games and at the Huron County Fair.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Wellington High School.