LINCOLN, IL - William Henry Hoffert, 89, formerly of Pekin, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
Born May 18, 1924, in Elkhart, Ill., to Henry and Anna (Balster) Hoffert, he married Leota Marie Chitwood on May 24, 1957, in Juarez, Mexico. She died March 14, 2011, in Pekin.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Byron Hoffert; two sisters, Irma Ellis and Dorothy Gingras; and one brother, Harry Hoffert.
Surviving are two sons, William (Sandy) Hoffert, Jr. of Fairfield, Calif., and Larry (Connie) Hoffert of Pekin; one daughter, Patricia (Ron) Parmele of Mackinaw; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including a niece, DiAnne (Mick) Turner of Lincoln who helped care for him and a nephew and hunting buddy, David (Pam) Huskisson of Albuquerque, N.M.
A U.S. Army Air Force veteran of WWII, he served from Nov. 21, 1942 - Nov. 24, 1945. He attained the rank of Sergeant. He was assigned to the 498th Bomb Group and participated in campaigns in the Eastern Mandates, Western Pacific, and Air Offensive in Japan. William was proud to be among the first Honor Flight out of Central Illinois.
William worked for McDonald Electric in Albuquerque, N.M., for 27 years, retiring June 1, 1986, as an electrical superintendent.
He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln and a life member of the Albuquerque Moose Lodge #2241.
William enjoyed fishing, hunting, being outdoors, and attending family picnics.
His service will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at St. John United Church of Christ, 210 Seventh St., Lincoln, IL, the Rev. Jan C. Johnson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln where military rites will be accorded by the Lincoln American Legion Post #263.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, 57 Country Place, Springfield, IL 62703 or the Humane Society of Logan County, 1801 Lincoln Pkwy., Lincoln, IL 62656.
Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. To express condolences online, visit preston-hanley.com.