Allen A. Hofer was born on Aug. 29, 1941 to Alvin J. and Mary Ann (Stahl) Hofer in their family home southwest of Bridgewater, S.D. Allen passed on to his eternal home with His Lord on April 11, 2019 in the Freeman Regional Hospital.
Allen was the oldest of five children: brother Robert Hofer, and sisters Juletta Osterberg, Wanda (Rick) Nelson, Arliss (Michael) Nobel.
Allen attended Fluth country school, a one room country school house from the first grade to grade eight. Allen then went to high school in Bridgewater and graduated high school in 1959. His childhood found him helping his dad on their farm with various chores including milking cows “the old-fashioned way, by hand.”
Allen accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at Vacation Bible School at the age of 12. He then was baptized in the James River in 1956.
Allen met the love of his life, Linda Lou Maler, on a blind date. He was performing his service for the government at Lincoln General Hospital for two years. He was super proud of his black 1957 Chevy and was determined to keep it clean.
Allen and Linda were united in marriage on Dec. 31, 1961. Their union was blessed with two daughters, Corrine Eich of Freeman and Connie (Walter) Jacobs of Sioux Falls, and they suffered the loss of two other children.
Allen purchased his first farm in 1969 and farmed with his brother, Robert, and dad, Alvin J. Hofer. Allen proved to be a very capable farmer by raising cattle, sheep, chickens, pigs and hatching ducks, as well as his crops of corn and beans. He found his joy outside on his farm, caring for his animals and looking over the land.
One of Allen’s favorite things was to always attend the Schmeckfest. He loved the people, fried potatoes, sauerkraut and cheese pockets. His hobbies included gardening and attending gospel concerts. Allen loved visiting with anyone who had the time to listen. He had a big personality and a big laugh to match.
He would take his family visiting most Friday nights to the homes of aunts, uncles and cousins. The girls grew up with a strong sense of family. He had a giving nature that was always willing to share with people in need, whether it be food, drink, or a few dollars. His daughters learned this loving quality from him, too.
One of Allen’s greatest joys was helping his grandson, George Eich, get started in farming in 2007 when George bought his first cows. He would help him learn how to care for the cows and taught him to fix existing buildings. He just loved spending time outside, especially with his grandson.
Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Linda of Freeman; their daughters, Corrine Eich of Freeman, and Connie (Walter) Jacobs of Sioux Falls; one grandson, George Eich of Salem; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Mary Ann Hofer; infant daughter, Lori Lee Hofer (April 11, 1963) and infant son, Marvin Allen Hofer (Dec. 11, 1967).
Blessed be his memory.
A time of remembrance was held at the Faith Family Church in Bridgewater Thursday, April 18, with pastor Michael Bang officiating. Music was provided by Mike and John Waldner. Pallbearers were Russ Osterberg, Jerry Osterberg, Michael Nobel, Roger Terveen, Stan Brower, Robin Hofer, Lee Osterberg and Doug Pottebaum. Interment was in the Bridgewater City Cemetery.