Loyd M. Hofer

Loyd M. Hofer, 92, of Sumner, died Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Unity Point/Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Sumner with Pastor Bill Letcher officiating. Interment will follow in Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner with military rites provided by Thomas E. Woods, Post #223, American Legion of Sumner. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23rd, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. 

Loyd Merle, son of Simon and Mabel Smith Hofer, was born December 28, 1922, in Tama County, Iowa. He graduated from Toledo High School and later attended a technical school in Chicago where he learned welding. He worked as a welder in California for a brief time before returning to the Toledo area.  He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. On December 29, 1943, he was united in marriage with Juanita Teckenburg in Waterloo. Loyd farmed in the Toledo and Sumner areas prior to retiring in 1978. He enjoyed traveling and listening to Bluegrass music. Juanita’s death occurred on November 18, 1999. On July 20, 2000, he was married to Variena Schulte Potratz. Variena’s death occurred December 24, 2014. Loyd was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sumner and Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner.

Loyd is survived by two sons, Darwin (Eileen) Hofer of Parkersburg and Darrel Hofer of Sumner; three daughters, Debrah (David) Lalk of Westgate, Deanna (Larry) Luck of New Hartford, and Donita Conaway of Jesup; fifteen grandchildren; thirty-three great grandchildren; and one great great grandson.

In addition to his two wives and parents, Loyd was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Mandy Shannon; one great grandson, Benaiah Hofer; and two sisters, Wanda Thede and Mildred Swartzendruber.     


Dianne McClain on April 22, 2015 at 1:20 PM said:

I sure will miss his wonderful smile and hugs. He was a very kind hearted person. I just can't believe he is gone. The good Lord wanted him home. He will be busy visiting all his loved ones there. Love and hugs.
Terry (Land) Bockhaus on April 21, 2015 at 11:53 AM said:

My deepest sympathies to your family. Lloyd was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed...
Loyd Hofer on April 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM said:

Our sympathies to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. So many memories with your family at the First Baptist Church in Sumner. Hugs, Dick and Pat Kruse

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