Alvin John Hofer was born at the home of his grandparents on March 14, 1927 in Hutchinson County, SD, to Joe J. and Justina (Wipf) Hofer. He grew up attending schools in McCook County and graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1945. He served proudly in the US Army during World War II and was honorably discharged at Ft. Riley, KS on November 9, 1946. On his way home he met the love of his life, Verna Jean Epp. They were married at Bridgewater on January 26, 1947. They farmed in the Emery and Mitchell area. In 1963 Alvin went into the insurance business, making the President’s Council every year he worked with National Farmers Union. Due to a farming accident in 1984, Alvin retired from the insurance business. After retirement Alvin enjoyed more time to work at his farms keeping them well kept and restoring his collection of equipment. He loved to take early morning walks and using his rowing machine daily. In his earlier years he loved to play church league softball and with his family and had sponsored and played on a bowling league for many years. Alvin and Verna spent two months in their motorhome for 22 years wintering in Texas where they made many dear friends. He was a 50 year member of the First United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir. His belief in the Lord was amazing and he had a joyous life with great love for family and friends. He was also a member of the American Legion.
Alvin is survived by his wife of sixty nine years Verna; four children: Richard (Diane) Hofer of Mitchell, Althea Hofer of Sioux Falls, Wayne (Marlene) Hofer of Rapid City, Janelle (Daniel) Pederson of Fargo, ND; nine grandchildren: Nicole (Kurtis) Chenoweth, Kathleen (Jon) Mocol, Nathan Hofer, Michael (Deb) Bailey, Jason Rice, Heather (Don Peterson) Winfield, Shannon (Kristi) Hofer, Tyler and Jordan Pederson, 14 great grandchildren: Andrew and Ashley Chenoweth, Joseph, Madelynn, and Jacob Mocol, Amani, Isaiah, Braylen Winfield, Layla Peterson, Brooklyn, Cade and Bryce Bailey and Kayla Jo and Jenna Hofer, four sisters: Mabel Voss of Parkston, Pearl (Duane) Duba of Ethan, Rose Larson of Sioux Falls, Carol (Thomas) Brown of Rapid City; one brother, Wilbert (Thelma) Hofer of Mitchell and a sister-in-law, Norma Hofer of Mitchell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Ida Hofer, one brother, Joseph Jr., two brothers-in-law, William Voss and Carl Larson and father and mother-in-law, Henry and Marie (Knak) Epp.
The family of Alvin Hofer wish to express their gratitude for the wonderful care
the Diamond Care Center provided.