IMPERIAL -- Walter Albert Hofman, 92, died Thursday (June 4, 2009) at his home.
He was born on June 11, 1916, southeast of McCook to Henry Hofman, Sr. and Dorothea Wall Hofman. He was baptized and was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church at Ash Creek by the Rev. Fredrickson.
He married Elsie Anna Agnes Gruber on Aug. 26, 1941, at Salem Lutheran Church southwest of Elwood. They lived at Norton, Kan., where he continued to learn the mechanic trade.
They moved to Imperial in 1942 and he worked in several places including the International Harvester dealership before starting a partnership in 1959 with his brother, Victor. The two brothers worked in the partnership until Victor's death in 2007.
He was a welder, mechanic and machinist and drew up the plans and built the house that he lived in until his death.
He was a lifelong member of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial for many years. He served many positions in the church including elder, financial secretary, trustee and Sunday school teacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, seven sisters and one grandson, Brad Hofman in 2008.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie of Imperial; four sons, Kenneth and wife, Sharon of Bellevue, Glenn and wife, Carol of Elwood, Don and wife, Amy of Marysville, Kan., and Stan of Champion; two sisters, Dora Malone of McCook and Erma Hoeme of Scott City, Kan.; sister-in-law, Helen Hofman of Salida, Colo.; brother-in-law, George Gruber of Lexington;10 grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial with the Rev. David A. Kahle and Vicar Matthew Makela officiating. Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial.
Memorials have been established to Zion Lutheran Church or The Lutheran Hour.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.