HURON — Ben F. Hofer, 91, of Huron, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home.
His funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at Bethesda Church. Burial will be 9 a.m. Saturday in Bethel Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery. Visitation is today from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Kuhler Funeral Home, with his family present from 5 to 7 p.m.
Ben Frank Hofer was born on the family farm in Milford township, Beadle County, August 16, 1926, to Josua and Anna Hofer. Ben worked on the farm all his growing up years. At the age of 16, in April of 1942, Ben accepted Jesus as his Savior
On December 1, 1946, Ben married Elsie Waldner. Ben and Elsie began farming on a section of land in Spink County. They also made a commitment to the Lord to be good stewards in their farming. Giving to the church and missions was important to them.
Ben and Elsie hosted many people in their home over the years. Church conference guests, missionaries, family and friends were always welcomed. Ben was involved in church, community and church conference boards on the district and national level. He served on the State Weed Board for six years, Mennonite Aid Property Board for fifteen years, and Yale Co-op board for 22 years. Ben counted it a privilege to have accomplished good with the farm and church.
In the summer of 1995. Ben and Elsie moved to Huron. Ben became a member of the Huron Chamber of Commerce where he served on the Ag Committee. On March 16, 2002, Ben married Agnes Glanzer Waldner.
Ben was preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Elsie; his parents; his sisters, Mary Wollman, Ida (Jimmy) Hohm, Goldie (Palmer) Wedel; son-in-law, Dale Winter; and a grandson, David Winter.
Survivors include his family and stepfamily; his wife, Agnes; son, Lowell (Nancy) Hofer; daughters, Darla (Harold) Loewen, and Rachel Winter; stepsons, Darlo Waldner, Galen (Kim) Waldner, Chad (Cindy) Waldner; and stepdaughter, Loretha (Dennis) Weber; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Sam Wollman.
Memorials can be made to James Valley Christian School elementary technology upgrades, Bethel Church sound treatment in the fellowship hall and Bethesda Church Awana Program.