PRINCEVILLE - Richard H. "Dick" Hofer, 65, of Prince-ville passed away and was called home by the Lord at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
Dick was born Jan. 4, 1949, in Peoria, Ill., the son of H. William "Bill" and Marilyn Murphy Hofer. He married Diane Kappes on March 25, 2000, in Princeville, Ill. She survives.
Also surviving are his children and stepchildren, Harry (Jo Lynne) Hofer of Olathe, Kan., Timothy (Gretchen) Hofer of Prince-ville, Tricia (Joshua) Schupbach of Princeville, Brian (Lisa) Kappes of Peoria, Chris (Katie) Kappes of Edwards and Jonathan (Jamie) Kappes of Peoria; his mother, Marilyn Hofer of Peoria; 13 grandchildren, Brooke (Steven), Bennett, Carly, Savannah, Anna, Danielle, Megan, Elle, Avery, Brenna, Olivia, Jackson and Brady; and two brothers, Thomas (Susan) Hofer of Naperville and Charles (Denise) Hofer of Weston, Conn.
His father preceded him in death.
Dick recently retired after 17 years as a physician's assistant at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, primarily working in Princeville. His patients knew him for his kindness and gentle care.
You might know Dick Hofer if you had a fire or rescue need in Princeville. He served as chief for the volunteer fire department for several years. You know him if you utilized Princeville's ambulance service or attended an event sponsored by Princeville's Civic Association. Dick was a founding member of both. In particular, he enjoyed saying "Curses, foiled again!" as the villain in many community theatre melodramas. You may recall hearing his testimonials during one of many Wesley Weekends or thoughts during services at Princeville's United Methodist Church. You know Dick if you played football at Princeville High School, where he served as a volunteer trainer during games. You may have seen him parachuting an American flag into a local air show. Dick logged over 500 jumps as a jumpmaster with the Liberty Air Team based in Annawan. You know Dick if you had a part built or fixed at Hofer Tool and Machine, his business of over 10 years
While working full time, Dick was a U.S. Army Reservist for over a decade and obtained degrees from Bradley University and Midwestern University. Dick loved his community and he was gifted at fixing anything. His initial career in manufacturing led him to his true calling of fixing and helping people.
Although a jack of many trades, Dick's favorite hat to wear was that of family man. He was the only person you needed to call in a time of need. His laughter, storytelling and listening ear will be sorely missed.
A funeral service for Dick will be held at the Prince-ville United Methodist Church on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Rex Hendrix will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 8, 2014, at the church. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeville United Methodist Church and the Akron-Princeville Ambulance.
Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.