Duane "Red" Hoferman, age 83, of Alta, passed away on Monday, July 16, at the Methodist Manor Retirement Community of Storm Lake. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Alta with the Rev. Jessica Rockhold Gaul officiating. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery of Storm Lake with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post #498 and the VFW Post #6172 of Alta. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.
Duane Hoferman was born March 14, 1929 in Buena Vista county, the son of Leo and Mamie (Shoen) Hoferman. He gave his heart to the Lord at 8 years. He was later baptized and became a member of the Truesdale Assembly of God, which later merged with Faith United Assembly of God in Storm Lake. He graduated from Alta High School in 1946. In September of 1950, he enlisted in the Navy and was drafted to the Marines. He served two years during the Korean War. He returned to the Storm Lake area and was employed with Kallmer Sales for a brief time, then was employed with Buena Vista Rural Electric Cooperative and Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative until his retirement in 1991.
Duane was united in marriage to Margie Weiland at the Truesdale Assembly of God Church on October 26, 1952. They were blessed with two sons, Le Moine and Keith. They resided most of their lives on a farm in rural Alta and spent three months each winter in Florida after retirement.
Duane was a member of the Assembly of God Church for 55 years and in the last 12 years he faithfully attended the United Methodist Church of Alta. He loved serving the Lord. While still a young man at home, he would hurry through his Sunday morning chores so he could go along with his sister and brother when they went to KAYL to perform live music for their church broadcast. Duane sang in a quartet and trio for many years in many different churches and social functions. He faithfully served as a deacon for 38 years and taught Sunday school even longer. He also served as a lay minister for many years. Duane, along with his wife, conducted church services at B.V. County Home, later Spectra, and when the home closed, they volunteered to assist the Storm Lake ministers by filling in at nursing homes when pastors had scheduling conflicts. He served on Spectra Care Review Committee for many years, receiving two certificates of appreciation from Governor Branstad and Governor Vilsack for faithful service to others.
Duane was Commander of the American Legion Post #498 for ten years. He also coached little league baseball for 13 years and loved to hunt and fish.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents and his parents-in-law, George and Lillian Weiland.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 59 years, Margie of Alta; son, Le Moine (Patty) of Milford, Keith (Kristen) Des Moines; grandchildren, Mathew Lee Keesling of Jackson, Minn., Brendt (Sarah) Hoferman of Bonisay, Fla., Roseann Keesling of Hutchinson, Kan., Jerrad (Amanda) of the Air Force in Texas, Jonathon and Joshua Hoferman of Milford, Michael and Cody Morris of Milford, Caleb Hoferman of the Air Force in Mo., and Courtney Hoferman of Des Moines; great-grandchildren, Miya and Raylee Hoferman of Bonisay, Fla., Justus Keesling, Katrina, Karson, Kaleb, Kaydon and Keaton Morris of Milford; brothers, Rev Boyd (Marilu) of Sioux City, Clinton (Ruth) Hoferman of Storm Lake; sister, Donna (Rev. Robert) Strand of Springfield, Mo.; and many extended family and friends.
On-line condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com.