ST. CHARLES – George N. (Bud) Hoffer, 91, of St. Charles, died March 29, 2013, in St. Charles. He was born on Aug. 25, 1921, in Lafayette, Ind., the third son of George N. Hoffer Sr. and Goldie Arnot Hoffer, of West Lafayette, Ind.
Bud received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1943, enlisting immediately into the U.S. Navy
. Trained as an officer, he served on three different destroyers in WWII
as a second lieutenant.
Come peace, Bud worked for DuPont Co. in Charleston, W.V., where he met and, in 1948, married Patricia Marie Padgett of Evansville, Ind. Their married life and Bud's work career took them next to Victoria, Texas, then Elgin and St. Charles, Ill. Bud joined his two brothers at Hoffer Plastics from 1955 until retirement.
Patricia Hoffer died in December 2005; Pat and Bud are survived by George, Herb, Molly, Tom, and Katy Hoffer, those children's spouses and the six grandchildren.
Bud was proceeded in death by his parents and two brothers.
A beloved and active member of the greater community, church and various volunteer organizations, Bud gave generously of himself and his time. In the course of their 55 years of inspirationally happy marriage, Pat and Bud traveled, entertained, and made time for family, friends and complete strangers. A craftsman, Bud could equally hone a hand-carved miniature violin, a clever pun or a shaggy dog story. He enjoyed golf, woodworking, classical music, literature, walks in the woods and time with his loving family.
A memorial service and reception honoring Bud Hoffer's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at Baker Memorial Methodist Church in St. Charles. Contributions may be made to Baker Methodist Music Program. For information, call 630-584-6988.