Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Albert Hofferber, 83, passed away in his home of natural causes. Al was born Sept. 30, 1925, in Billings. He was the third oldest of four brothers and four sisters born to Reinhold and Lydia (Lesser) Hofferber. Al was born in and retired in Billings.
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Al was raised in Billings graduating from Billings Senior High School in 1943.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1943, was stationed in the Pacific Theater serving as a CB 2nd Class, until honorably discharged in 1946.
In high school, Al befriended Louis Day, who introduced him to his sister, Delia Day. Al and Delia ("Dal") were married in 1946 and spent the next 47 years of their lives together until her untimely death from cancer in 1993.
Al loved playing golf, gardening, working his daily crossword puzzles, and cheering for the Denver Broncos on Sundays. He spent a lot of time watching the local high school sporting events and watching the Mustangs and the legion baseball teams at the old Cobb Field. Al and Dal enjoyed many trips together touring the Southwest.
Al was employed with a wholesale magazine distributorship in Billings before moving on with Dal to hospitality management all over the western U.S. until their retirement.
After Dal's death, Al became very involved in the community, donating his time for various local programs. In 1999 he was honored as Senior Citizen of the Year through the Agency of Aging. He spent several years delivering for Meals on Wheels, also donating his time selling tickets for the MSU-Billings basketball events.
Al is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dal; brothers, Ruben and Don; and sister, Lila.
Al is survived by his children, Rick of Billings, Perry of Bozeman, Cathey (Dennis) Brady of Missoula, and Debbie (Malcolm) Turner of Maui; grandchildren, Tim Hofferber of Billings, Nathan (Jamie) Hofferber of Florida, Cale Hofferber of California, Katy (Carl) Grassel of Bozeman, Adam (Myriah) Brady of Honolulu currently stationed in Iraq, Sara Turner, Nicholas Turner of Maui, Matt (Joan) Brady, Brett (Cariann) Brady of Salt Lake City; and great-grandchildren, Hannah and Joshua of Salt Lake City. Al is also survived by his brothers, Leroy (Judy) of Missoula, Archie (Judy) of Billings; sisters, Alma Kramer of Billings, Joyce Collins of Portland, Ore., and Joan Hofferber of Billings; and several nieces and nephews.
The casket will be open for visitation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings. A reception will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St., Billings, followed by the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements; condolences may be left for the family at www.michelottisawyers.com.
Michelotti Sawyers Mortuary & Crematory
1001 Alderson Avenue
Billings, MT 59102
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 5, 2009