Samuel Herbert Hofer, 91, of Denver, Colo., died Nov. 8, 2020. He was born Nov. 18, 1928, to John JB Hofer and Katherine Kleinsasser Hofer in Hitchcock, S.D.
He became a Christian, was baptized and joined Huttertal Mennonite Church in Freeman, S.D., in 1944.
He went to Freeman Academy and graduated in 1947. He took one year of college at Freeman Junior College and obtained his teacher’s certificate and attended Grace Bible School in Omaha, Neb.
He taught in a rural, one-room school for four years in the Dolton area. He and his brother Paul were called up for army duty, but they chose to do alternate service instead. So he came to Denver and worked at Mercy Hospital as an orderly in surgery for two years.
In Denver he met Joyce Eigsti at First Mennonite Church. They were married Nov. 20, 1954, at First Mennonite Church, Morton, Ill.
They lived in Denver for 11 years. He worked for Caterpillar in Denver and then transferred to Caterpillar in Morton, Ill., where he retired after 34 years.
He was an early member of the Illinois Mennonite Historical and Genealogical Society. He volunteered at the Heritage Center and gave of his money, talents and energy to IMHGS.
In 1994 for their retirement years, he and Joyce and moved to Denver. Here he was known for his genuine Christian life and hospitality. He volunteered with his grandchildren at their schools, volunteered at the Self Help Store in Cherry Creek, at the Lakewood Culture Center and at the Colorado Symphony Gift Store at Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver. He enjoyed travel and visited all the U.S. states. He visited many international countries and attended several Mennonite World Conference assemblies.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Eigsti Hofer; four children, Sharla (Dave) Marshall of Denver, Joy (Ricardo Lopez) Hofer of Lakewood, Ross (Anne Marie Coughlin) Hofer of Madrid, N.M., and Ellen (Tim) Willman of Mequon, Wis.; two brothers,
Ted (Naomi) Hofer of Sioux Falls and Paul (Louann) Hofer of Doland; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.
A memorial service was held at Glennon Heights Mennonite Church for
immediate family members because of restrictions with COVID. His body was given for scientific purposes to Colorado State Anatomical Board, University of Colorado, Denver.