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Gearhard Hofer

Gearhard Hofer obituary photoGearhard Hofer, age 95, of Huron died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at his residence.  His funeral service was at 11AM Friday, April 1st at the Bethesda Church with Rev. Phil Plett and Rev. Roy Burket officiating.  Burial was in the Prairie Bible Church Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to James Valley Christian School General Fund or Gideons International.

Gearhard Hofer was born February 26, 1916, to Joseph J.S. and Mary (Pullman) Hofer in Antelope Township, Spink County, South Dakota.  He attended school at LaDelle through the eighth grade, and then began farming.  He was fourteen years old when he planted his first crop for his father.  He lived and farmed near Hitchcock, South Dakota for fifty-four years.  Gearhard served on the Antelope Township Board for many years.

He was joined in marriage by Lydia Waldner on December 11, 1943, at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, rural Carpenter.  Together they enjoyed married life for 67 years.  In November 1984 they retired and built a home in Huron.  They lived in that home until September 2009, just two months short of 25 years.  They became residents of StoneyBrook Suites in September 2009.

Gearhard accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized in 1948.  He was a member of Prairie Bible (Hutterthal Mennonite) Church where he taught Sunday School for many years.  Gearhard and Lydia enjoyed hosting missionaries in their home as well as encouraging them in their work in the mission fields.  Gearhard loved numbers and enjoyed serving as treasurer for both Hutterthal Church and James Valley Christian School. His children and grandchildren fondly remember him figuring with numbers on any scraps of paper he could find.  He loved to travel and every Fall he and Lydia took vacations.  He also enjoyed attending the activities of his grandchildren.  He traveled to numerous choir concerts, plays, basketball games and golf meets.  When he retired to Huron, he and Lydia attended Bethesda Church, where they served as greeters.  They also were members of the Gideons.  Gearhard enjoyed singing with the Silvertones and attending Kiwanis meetings.

His spiritual guidance and prayers will be deeply missed by his wife, Lydia of Huron; his daughters and their husbands, Tamera and Ronald Tschetter of Carpenter, Ranae and Stuart Hofer of Box Elder; his grandchildren, their spouses and families, Richel and Brian Weiss, Miranda, Mikayla, and Megan of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Mindy and Brent Bednar, Embrie and Lewis of Lincoln, Nebraska, Garrett and Sara Hofer and Harrison of Sioux Falls, Brittnay Hofer of Highland Ranch, Colorado, and Tara and Curtis Cummings and Taydom of Whitewood.  Also mourning his death are his sisters, Ann Hofer of Huron, Viola Gross of Worthington, Minnesota; his sisters-in-law, Esther (Elgin) Hofer and Adena Tschetter; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ben and Agnes Hofer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Joe and Maggie.

As a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he will be remembered for his strong faith in God and his love for his family. 

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