Alvin John Hofer


March 14, 1927 - January 29, 2016


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.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, February 4, 2016
11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Pam Myers Durst on February 4, 2016
Althea, I was sorry to hear of the loss of you Dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Posted by Vi Ann (Hofer) La Baron on February 4, 2016
My prayers & condolences to you Verna & each member of your family. I have only good memories of that handsome & sweet Alvin & our families visiting each other. I know the Lord is wrapping his arms of love around you & giving you the peace & joy that you will be reunited with him some day.
Posted by Judy Backlund Gohl on February 3, 2016
Verna and family--My deepest sympathy to all of you. I will always remember riding to work with Alvin for a couple of summers when I worked at my first job at Armour Creameries. I also remember playing the piano for him down at "The Hall" when he played his guitar and sang "How Great Thou Art". He was a special neighbor and I'm sure that you miss him very much. God bless you as you mourn his loss, but keep your memories.
Posted by Wade and Michelle (Mandel) Kunkel on February 3, 2016
So sorry for your loss, and may you find peace remembering all the happy memories of your time together as a family. God bless you all.
Posted by Judy Puetz McCarthy on February 3, 2016
Our deepest sympathy goes to your family. Mom and Dad (Rose and Harold) thought very highly of Al as a professional and as a friend. May you find comfort in remembering his hearty laugh and kind smile.
Posted by Jon and Lynn Knott on February 3, 2016
Our sympathies go out to the Hofer families...Al was someone I always looked up to in my early days of working for Farmers Union Insurance. God bless you and our prayers are with you always.
Posted by Kristi Hofer & girls on February 3, 2016
Sending our love from Virginia. We are so thankful to have had Great Grandpa Al in our lives!
Posted by Lillian Walter on February 3, 2016
Alvin was one of the nicest men you could ever meet. He was wonderful person, always had a smile on his face, and always had the time to talk to you. I was proud to call him my cousin.
My sympathies to you Verna and family. May God bless you!
Posted by Larry Wegehaupt on February 2, 2016
My sympathies to you. I have good memories of talking with him whenever I saw him
Posted by Shirley Pollman on February 2, 2016
I Thess 4:13-" Brothers, we do not want you to ....grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope." We have the hope that someday we will get to see our loves ones again. I am praying for you, Verna and your family.
Posted by Sandra [Mandel] & Roger Smith on February 1, 2016
Deepest Sympathy to you and your family,Remember the memories they are the precious ones.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.God bless you all.
Posted by Vickie Muilenburg on February 1, 2016
Sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Alvin. May God bring you peace and comfort during this time with all the beautiful memories you have of such a wonderful man.
Posted by Maxine (Hofer) Janzen on February 1, 2016
My deepest sympathy to Verna and her dear family. It was always special to see Alvin, get that big hug, and catch up with your family. May you feel God's presence in these days of remembering!
Posted by Bonnie (Hoffman) Miller on February 1, 2016
Oh,my heart hurts for you all. Many a wonderful memory of AL is held in my heart. Always a smile and a hearty hello. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless .
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