Ruth R. Hofer, age 84, of Hitchcock, S.D., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 at the Huron Regional Medical Center. A service was held Monday, Oct. 28 at the Prairie Bible Church, rural Carpenter, S.D. Burial was in the Prairie Bible Church Cemetery.
Ruth was born Jan. 11, 1935 to Sam D. and Susie (Tschetter) Kleinsasser at Onida, S.D. At a young age, her family moved to Lake Byron Township. She attended school through the eighth grade at Sunshine School of Antelope Township.
She lived with her parents until she married Sam Hofer on Feb. 22, 1952 at the Hutterthal Mennonite Church (now Prairie Bible Church). Together they worked for a farmer a few years. In 1956, they started their own farming operation. They also had a dairy until September 2006. They remained living on their family farm until her passing.
Ruth also worked at Armour’s cafe and cleaned several homes for many years.
“Granny” was the heart of her family. She was always happy to bake goodies, cook a hearty meal and can fresh produce. She cherished time sitting with her grandchildren enjoying coffee and cookies. She knew just what treats each grandchild enjoyed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; three sisters; one grandson, Albert Connor; and numerous cousins.
Grateful for having shared in her life are her husband of 67 years, Sam Hofer; three children: Lowell Hofer, Nowell “Shorty” (Deb Connor) Hofer and Rhonda Hofer; eight grandchildren: Casper (Sara) Hofer, Toby (Becky) Hofer, Kowell Hofer, Noah (Karen) Hughes, Derrick Hofer, Jena Hofer, Elie Hofer and Simon (Kristy Sorlien) Bullis; 11 great-grandchildren: Anthony, Miles, Kynslee, Daniel, Aubrey, Micah, Addison, Mason, Addilyn, Lainie and Sam; three sisters-in-law: Suzanne Kleinsasser, Lorraine Kleinsasser and Lavonne Kleinsasser; one brother-in-law, Iky Wipf; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.