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Arnold Gerald Hofer

May 20, 1927 ~ April 8, 2020 (age 92)

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Mr. Arnold Gerald Hofer, 92 of Lewiston, Michigan died peacefully on April 8, 2020 at Aspen Ridge Retirement Village in Gaylord. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 20, 1927 to the late, Harold and Henrietta (Cook) Hofer. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy during World War II. He married his loving wife, Shirley (Hellebuyck) Hofer on November 24, 1949 in Detroit and together the couple celebrated 70 years of marriage before his passing. The couple raised five children in Armada and owned a cabin in Lewiston since 1975, permanently moving to Lewiston in 1990. Arnold was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and past usher. He was a member of the American Vets in Armada and the American Legion Post 198 in Lewiston. He retired in 1986 from Ford Motor Company's Sterling Heights Gear and Axle Plant after 34 years as supervisor. He also drove vegetable trucks and school bus. When not working, Arnold used to love to play golf and was on various leagues. He also had a love for horses. Above all, he valued the time he spent with his family and friends and will be deeply missed.


Arnold is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Hofer of Lewiston; son, Gary (Mimi) Hofer of Traverse City; daughters, Catherine Hofer of Lewiston; Diane (Bob) Schluentz of Allenton; Donna (James) Quandt of Johannesburg; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Kathy) Hofer of Mt. Clemens; Richard (Kim) Hofer of St. Clair Shores; and sister, Joann (Ed) Cannon of Vero Beach, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Henrietta Hofer; son, Daniel; brothers, Norman, Fritz, Bob; and sisters, Lorraine Patino; Jean Hofer; and Susie Terrebru.


There will be a private graveside service for Mr. Hofer on Monday, April 13, 2020 at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery; Fr. Al Pillarelli officiating.

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