On Sunday, March 21, 2021, at 3:50 p.m. James Anthony “Jim” Hofer, loving husband of Loretta Clara (Smith) Hofer and devoted father of 10 children, passed away at his home at age 88. A fervent Catholic, he was grateful to God for this life on earth and looked forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
Jim was born Jan. 19, 1933, to Joseph V. Hofer Sr. and Marguerite A. (Beachner) Hofer on their farm seven miles south of Walnut. Jim grew up as the youngest of the family with his brothers, Joe, Bill and Ray, and his sister, Mary. He graduated from St. Francis High School in St. Paul in the Class of 1950. On May 14, 1955, he was united in the sacrament of holy matrimony with Loretta Smith at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Walnut. First living in Parsons and elsewhere in the Walnut area, they moved to the Hofer farm in 1957 after Jim’s mother passed. There they raised their 10 children.
Jim was a lifelong farmer on the farm that his grandfather, Vincent Hofer, founded in 1880. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 760, since he was 18 years old. He taught for 20 years, many of those years with his wife, at St. Francis Parish School of Religion. In 1962, he became the first layman to be a commentator or lector at Mass at St. Francis Church, where he also came to serve as a eucharistic minister and a member of the St. Francis adult choir for many years. Jim was also a member of Kansans for Life.
Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Loretta, of the home; 10 children, LaDonna Haley of McAllen, Texas, Mary DeGraffenreid and her husband, Ron, of Wichita, Charlotte Hofer of Walnut, Dr. David Hofer, D.C., of Kansas City, Missouri, Christopher Hofer and his wife, Nancy, of Girard, Bernadette Myers and her husband, Currie, of Mission, Marta Bolinger and her husband, Mark, of Pittsburg, Michael Hofer and his wife, Lori, of Torrington, Wyoming, Rita Moss and her husband, Matt, of Olathe, Kenneth (the Rev. Andrew Hofer, O.P.) Hofer of Washington, D.C.; 26 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his four siblings, Joe Hofer, Mary Clarkin, Bill Hofer and Ray Hofer.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul with a rosary preceding Mass at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends following the rosary.
The rosary and the funeral Mass can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.
Memorials are suggested to St. Francis Catholic Church, Kansans for Life or St. Dominic Priory in Washington, D.C. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.