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Dorothy Eileen (Sack) Hofer


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Dorothy Eileen (Sack) Hofer Obituary
Dorothy Eileen (Sack) Hofer

Eileen was born January 4, 1929, to Frank Joseph and Dorothy Ellen Blanche (Wintermote) Sack on a farm near Liberty, Kansas. During her childhood, Eileen lived on farms near Liberty, Valley Center and Sedgewick, Kansas. In 1946, Eileen graduated from high school in Wichita, Kansas.

In the spring of 1946, Eileen and her family moved to a farm three miles west of Onida. Eileen worked for Hilton's restaurant and Onida High School until the spring of 1947. From 1947 to 1959, she worked for the Sully County ASCS Office. Eileen then elected to stay home to raise her family. From 1967 to 1973, Eileen went back to work outside the home at the Peavey Lumber Yard. She worked as secretary for her husband and manager, Wilbur. From 1973 to 1989, Eileen completed her civil service career at the Onida ASCS office. She retired in 1989.

On September 3, 1950, Eileen married Wilbur Hofer. After raising their family, Eileen and Wilbur toured the United States on numerous bus trips. In 1985, they enjoyed the plane trip and excursion to Hawaii. In 1989, they became world travelers. Supporting their youngest son, Calvin, who at the time was Director of the Rapid City Central High School Band on concert tour, they traveled to Romania, Russia, Hungary and Austria. In 1997, they embarked on yet another bus trip to Guadalajara, Mexico.

In 1995, Eileen and Wilbur established a winter home in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, residing at Rollin Home Mobile Park in Mission. They lived six months in Texas and six months in South Dakota, until both Wilbur's and Eileen's health required they remain in South Dakota. After Wilbur's death in 2005, Eileen lived at the South Dakota Veterans Home in Hot Springs and at Holiday Hills Estates, The Victorian and Bella Vista in Rapid City until her death.

Holding numerous offices over many years, Eileen was active in the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of the Onida First Presbyterian Church, holding deacon and photo album chair offices for the women's organization. Eileen loved to work in her yard at home planting flowers for all to see and enjoy. She was always ready to help anyone who needed help. She was involved in the Onida senior center and senior meal delivery program.

Dorothy Eileen (Sack) Hofer, 87, of Onida and Rapid City, South Dakota, died peacefully Monday, August 8, 2016, at the Golden Living Centers-Bella Vista nursing home in Rapid City.

Eileen is survived by her three sons and their wives: Terry (Janet) of Rapid City, South Dakota; Scotty (Wendy) of Denver, Colorado; and Calvin (Margaret) of Grand Junction, Colorado; by her six grandsons and two great grandchildren: Colin (Jamie) and great granddaughters, Addison and Emerson, Andrew, Jared, Zachary, Stephen and Timothy; by her four siblings: two sisters, Jeanne Marie of Manteno, Illinois and Ann of Pierre, South Dakota; two brothers, Donald (Carol) of Snohomish, Washington and Dan of Kansas City, Missouri; three sisters-in-law, Sylvia of Spearfish, South Dakota, Lexie of Ft. Pierre, South Dakota and Joyce of Onida, South Dakota; and by her numerous nieces and nephews.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, Ronald, Louis, Paul, Leland, Phillip and his wife, Nona, and Frank, one sister, Madeline and her husband, John Zebroski, and two brothers-in-law, Leo Johnson and Bill Bridges.

Eileen was a mother's mother. Although at times feisty with a "sparkling" personality, she mothered, mentored and tutored in a firm but loving manner, not only her three sons, who tended to need strong, loving direction, but also those around her, including extended family from South Dakota to Missouri to Minnesota and beyond, whom she felt needed support, help and guidance. Eileen lived and mothered from a gracious, honest and good heart. In Eileen's unique way, she expressed her love to those she loved, through Jesus Christ, for the benefit of all she touched.

Funeral services will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1012 Soo San Drive, Rapid City, South Dakota 57702, on Saturday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m., Pastor Dillon Ferguson presiding. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Burial services will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota, on Monday, August 15 at 11:00 a.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.
Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 11, 2016
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