Gerald “Jerry” Allen Hoffer
Gerald “Jerry” Allen Hoffer was born December 18th, 1946 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Glen Hoffer and Marcella Delores (Wolfe) Hoffer, and passed away at home surrounded by the comfort of his wife Sherry, and stepson Johnny and his wife Katelyn, on March 1st, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 72 years, 2 months and 11 days after a very brief battle with cancer. Jerry was baptized at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Paul and confirmed at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St Paul Park. He was a 1964 graduate of Park High School and graduated from Winona State, MN.
Jerry was a chemist at 3M in St. Paul, MN and later a lab director at the Madrid, NE ethanol plant. No matter where Jerry called home throughout his life, he was always involved with chemistry in the places he worked. Jerry was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Lincoln.
Jerry loved to travel and learn all he could about history and anything si-fi. Jerry was a fan of nature. One of his favorite things to do in the afternoons was sit on the patio, enjoy a cup of coffee, and watch the squirrels scurry around the yard. Jerry was a fan of jazz and folk music and enjoyed spending his spare time at The Crescent Moon with his wife. Jerry loved fast cars and watching the drag races. Despite Jerry’s age, he was an avid user of Facebook. He enjoyed reading all the funny things his friends and family shared.
He loved his children and grandchildren very much and enjoyed his trip to Oregon where he got to spend time with his family and meet his Grandson Leo for the first time. Although his family was scattered throughout the country, he kept them close at heart and enjoyed their phone calls.
Jerry was a kind and gentle soul and was able to strike up a conversation with anyone wherever he went. His smile was comforting to others and his sincerity was welcoming. He always had a special twinkle in his eye when something amused him.
Preceding Jerry in death were his parents, Glen and Marcella Hoffer.
Survivors cherishing Jerry’s memory include his wife, Sherry Hoffer of Lincoln; sons Mike Hoffer of Portland, OR, and Greg (Theresa) Hoffer of Eugene, OR; and daughter Julie (Seth) Mills Canon of Portland OR, grandsons Leo and Liam; Stepsons Johnny (Kate) Bapat of Seward, AJ (Christina) Bapat of Lakewood, CA; grandsons Jayton Brown, Tristan Bapat, Kaleb Bapat, Justis Bapat, Bodhi Bapat and granddaughters Kandra (Nick) Hooley and Sophia Jeppesen; siblings (spouses), Sandy Williamson of St. Paul, MN, Chris (Vonita) Hoffer of Fort Smith, AR, Tony Hoffer of Maplewood, MN; Father-in-law Perry Dobyns of Lyman, WY, Mother-in-law Yvette Dobyns of Taylorville, IL; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Gary (Cindy) Dobyns of Kaysville, UT, and Dannette (Tom) Stuthman of Taylorville, IL; cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Memorial Service at 9:30 a.m. on March 10th, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1720 Lake Street in Lincoln, NE, with Father Sullivan officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Fairfield Inn and Suites conference room which is located at 1000 W Bond Street in Lincoln, NE. A memorial and graveside service will be held in Minnesota at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in St. Paul Park, MN on April 20th, 2018. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.aspenaftercare.com.
Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
Condolences for Gerald “Jerry” Allen Hoffer
I am so sorry for your lost!!! Jerry was always such a joy to be around! I remember all of the talks and conversations we used to have. He will be greatly missed!!!
It is with love I send my condolences to you Sherry and to all of Jerry ‘s family. Our weekly meals will always be part of my wonderdul memories. My world expanded with laughter and knowledge! I send prayers to you and remember, the tears in our eyes cause the rainbow to be seen.
Sherry, always in our hearts and prayers
Dear Sherry and family. This a beautiful testament to Jerry. I wish I had known him as it sounds like he would have been my kinda guy. I bet we would have got along great. None the less because of you I feel a connection to him. Im so glad to know of his religious standing. I am a great believer in the great reunion and so I believe I will still get to meet him still. I will be praying at the times listed in an effort to be with you as you lift him heavenward. May peace and comfort encompass you as you face the difficult days ahead. Love your cousin Troy.
My condolences go to Jerry Hoffer’s entire family.
Sherry, you have my condolences! Jerry was a wonderful person who always listened to everyone. Jerry was such a caring man, and will never be forgotten for sure! Take care of yourself and your family Sherry. Our heavenly Father is watching over you. God Bless!!
Sherry Johnny & AJ – We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you. Our Sympathies.