|6/23/2014 10:52:00 AM|
Leland Louis “Lee” Hofer, 89, of Henry died 4:08 a.m. June 22, 2014, in Illinois Veterans Home at La Salle.
Visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon Thursday in St. Mary Catholic Church, Henry. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at noon. The Rev. Tom Mizeur will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Henry, where full military rites will be accorded.
Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is in charge of arrangements.
Lee was born March 1, 1925, in the Henry Hospital to Louise E. and Alta (Rinehart) Hofer. He married Shirley M. Danhof on April 7, 1951, in Henry. She preceded him in death on Aug. 15, 2012.
To the union was born seven children and he was very proud of his family, Sharon (Gary) Koehler, Robert Hofer, both of Henry; Janet (Bob) Thornton of Clifton Hills, Mo., Roger (Leslie) Hofer, Leona (Bill) Buser, Gary (Jenny) Hofer of Henry and Susie Lingemann of Ottawa. Lee also enjoyed 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Lee is survived by threesiblings, Dorothy Monier of Lacon, Marj McAllister of Chillicothe and Louis Hofer of Morton.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Edwin and Harold “Sarg” Hofer; and one grandson, Bobby Hofer.
Lee graduated from Henry High School in 1943 and joined the U.S. Navy three months later. He served 25 months overseas on the LST 456 in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II and was part of the final invasion of the war in July 1945 before returning home.
Five years later, he married his lovely bride and farmed in Henry. In 1960, Lee and his brother Harold built the bowling alley, Hofer’s Lanes. Lee sold it in 1973 and was employed by BF Goodrich. He retired in 1989 and spent the rest of his life in Henry.
During his retirement years, Lee was instrumental in getting World War II LST 325 (landing ship tank) to come to Henry for a visit.
He was an active member of Henry American Legion, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.
Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.
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