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Paul K. Hofer

Paul K. Hofer obit photoPaul K. Hofer, age 87, of rural Hitchcock, died Monday, April 21, 2008, at the Huron Nursing Home.  His funeral service was 10:30 AM Thursday, April 24th at the Hutterthal Mennonite Church at rural Carpenter with the Rev. Gordon Wiebe officiating.  Burial was in the Hutterthal Mennonite Church Cemetery. 

Paul K. Hofer was born January 21, 1921, on a farm seven miles west of Bridgewater, South Dakota, to Paul J. R. and Anna (Tschetter) Hofer.  When he was five years old, his family moved from Bridgewater to a farm in Spink County near Hitchcock, South Dakota.  Paul attended Blue Bell country school grades 1st through 7th and Mortimer country school grades 7th and 8th.

On April 24, 1944, Paul married Katie Hofer of Bridgewater, South Dakota in her parent’s home.  They then made their home nineteen miles north and one mile east of Huron.

Paul accepted the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior, was baptized and became a member of Hutterthal Mennonite Church.  He enjoyed music and served as a song leader for many years along with singing in trios and quartets.  He was a strong supporter of Christian education at James Valley Christian School. The fruit of the Spirit: love, patience and faithfulness were demonstrated in his daily life and serve as an example for us to follow in our lives.

He was a diligent farmer for over fifty years and retired from active farming in 1995.  He continued to live on the family farm and enjoyed the atmosphere of the farm, the livestock, and the wildlife associated with country life.  Paul enjoyed hunting with his family and friends.  He was grateful to God for the strength to be able to care for himself until taking ill on March 17, 2008.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Katie on May 2, 1996; his parents; one brother, John S. Hofer, two sisters, Marie Wipf and Catherine Walter, three brothers-in-law, Eldon D. Walter, David J. Wipf and Issac J. Tschetter; and two sisters-in-law, Anna Hofer and Roslyn Hofer.

Left to cherish his memory are his children and their spouses, Rod and Alene Hofer of Carpenter, LaDonna and Doug Rahder of Huron and Terry and Dixie Hofer of Beaverton, Oregon; eight grandchildren, Brian and Carol Hofer, Chris Hofer, Dustin Hofer, Sharee and Lance Wold, Cody and Stephanie Rahder, Ryan Hofer, Brandon and Marisa Hofer and Cameron Hofer; three great-grandsons, Jonathon and Josiah Hofer and Layke Douglas Wold; three brothers and their wives, Joe P. and Donna Hofer of Huron, Eldon P. and Bertha Hofer of Huron, and Edwin P. and Josephine Hofer of Brookings; and one sister, Anne Tschetter of Huron.

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