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Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
2:00 PM
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Lewis John "Red" Hofman


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Lewis John "Red" Hofman Obituary
Lewis "Red"
John Hofman

April 30, 1927 -
December 7, 2018

Lewis John Hofman was born April 30,1927 in Fremont, Nebraska and passed away at Sacred Heart Hospital-RiverBend on December 7, 2018 following a brief illness.

Affectionately known as "Red", he was the son of George & Lena Reiners Hofman and had two brothers - Dale & Larry and two sisters, Doris, who died in infancy, and Hilda. Lew grew up in the rural Ash Creek area of McCook, Nebraska. He attended parochial school at St. John's Lutheran Church in McCook but left school after the 8th grade to help his family on their farm. While in McCook he also worked at the Studebaker garage, the Seven Up bottling plant and ran projectors at the local theater.

In 1948 he married Evelyn Lafferty and they had two sons - Richard and Randy. Much to everyones surprise, in 1956 he loaded all of their belongings in a small U Haul trailer, hitched it to his 1948 Chevrolet and headed west to Oregon. Folks in McCook gave him little chance of staying and said they would be back within 6 months. 62 years later he was still in Oregon. The first stop in Oregon was in Dallas where Lew got a job at the Chevrolet garage. Not long after, they moved to Springfield where he worked at the Coca Cola bottling plant in Eugene then on to Jones Veneer & Plywood. Finally, his career turned to the custodial field and after a short stay at Lane Community College his final stop was at Eugene School District 4J retiring in 1992. His most memorable years were the time spent at the Whitaker Elementary School, the teachers he got to know and students he helped.

Lew looked forward to all kinds of family gatherings, liked to travel and enjoyed country music and dancing. He attended the Emerald Valley Opry for over 20 years. He was active in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and had been a past member of the Springfield Elks and the Eugene Moose Lodge. In his later years as his hair begin to gray he became known as "The Story Teller" with the infectious smile.

Lew is survived by his son Randy from McCook, sister Hilda (Rich) Hampton from Culbertson, NE, sister-in-law Joyce (Larry) Hofman and sister-in-law Eva (Dale) Hofman from McCook, grandson Matt (Claudeen) Hofman from Fresno, CA, granddaughter Carol Hofman, special friend Barbara Knowlen and many extended family members and friends. In 1977 Lew married Irene Brown who preceded him in death in 1987. In 1989 he married Ruth Reynolds who preceded him in death in 2001. He was also preceded in death by son Richard and brothers Dale and Larry. Lew will be missed by all but his stories will remain for ever.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 255 Maxwell Road in Eugene at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Contributions in his memory can be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Jan. 13, 2019
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