Lockhart couple killed in bus crash were staples in education community

Ken and Peggy Hoffman (Provided Photo)

LOCKHART, Texas (KXAN) — A Lockhart couple was killed in Tuesday’s bus and train collision in Biloxi, Mississippi. Lockhart ISD has identified them as Ken and Peggy Hoffman.

“If you didn’t work with them, then you were taught by them, or your kids were taught by them, or you just knew them as leaders in the community,” said Superintendent Susan Bohn.

Ken retired in 1996 as the assistant superintendent for the district. His wife, Peggy, retired in 2002 and was a principal at Plum Creek Elementary for many years. Even after retirement, the couple continued supporting the district by returning to help fill positions.

“She worked in different capacities on many different campuses. So, obviously she touched many children and staff members across the district,” said Bohn.

The two loved football. Family members say the Hoffmans sat in the same seats at the high school football stadium since it was built.

“I mean they were decked out, they probably had more Lockhart gear than anybody,” Bohn continued. “The bright spot is that their work for our children in this community is continued by several educators, one daughter and three grandchildren who are among our top teachers in the district.”

Melissa Messerly, their daughter, is a teacher at Carver Early Education Center. Tara Chapman, a granddaughter, teaches at Plum Creek Elementary School. Aubrey Voigt, their grandson, teaches and coaches at Lockhart Junior High School. Kelly Molitor, another granddaughter, serves as a counselor at the ML Cisneros Freshman Campus.

“My grandparents were very loving and accepting people, but they had high standards and expectations — not just for us, but also for students. They wanted people to meet their full potential,” said Molitor in a statement to KXAN.

The Hoffmans were judges for the district’s science fair every year and were active at the community education department by helping with GED campus testing.

“They pretty much knew everybody and everybody knew them, and the thing is that because they were so positive it’s a tough loss for the whole place,” said Bohn.

The family will hold visitation from 5-7 p.m. Monday at McCurdy Funeral Home. Services will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Lockhart. In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Education Foundation for Lockhart ISD at 105 S. Colorado, Lockhart, TX 78644 or online here. 

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