Robert D. “Bob” Hofacker, 89 of Elgin, NE passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society-Albion.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh, NE with Pastor David Kuhfal officiating. Burial will be at West Cedar Valley Cemetery in Elgin, NE following lunch at the church. Military rites will be provided by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin, and the American Legion Riders.Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, NE.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
Robert DeLain Hofacker, son of Paul John and Viola (Heidemann) Hofacker, was born March 21, 1926 on his family’s farm east of Elgin, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilden, NE, attended school at St. Clair Dist. 2 in Antelope County and graduated from Tilden High School in 1942. Bob was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps on June 28, 1944 and was honorably discharged on June 30, 1945, returning home to farm with this father for the next 17 years.
On October 24, 1948, Bob married Bonnie Lou Medcalf at the Grace Lutheran Parsonage in Neligh, NE. The couple made their home on the family farm where they were blessed with two children: Kenneth and Shirley. They moved to Elgin in 1962 where Bob owned and operated the Bowling Alley until 1970. He managed Elgin Farmers Coop Fertilizer Plant from 1970-1990. Bonnie passed away in 1987.
Bob married Bulah (Johnson) Miller on July 6, 1990 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Tilden, NE. They lived in Elgin and enjoyed camping and traveling to country music festivals together. Bob also enjoyed bowling and fishing. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin, NE since 1962 and served eight years each on the Elgin City Council and Antelope County Board of Supervisors. He was also a past member of the Northeast Nebraska Area on Aging Board and West Cedar Valley Cemetery Board. He was currently serving on the Antelope County Weed Board and was a member of the American Legion Post 229 of Elgin for 54 years.
Bob is survived by his wife Bulah Hofacker of Elgin; children: Kenneth (Janet) Hofacker of Naperville, IL; Shirley (Martin) Thorberg of Elgin; step-son David (Ruth) Miller of Oakdale; Step-daughter Teresa (Tom) Schwarting of Norfolk; grandchildren: Aaron (Kendra) Thorberg Mullen, NE; Brock (Kristin) Thorberg of Lincoln, NE; Megan (Josh) Biller of Evergreen, CO; Jonathan Hofacker and Brent Hofacker of Chicago, IL; step-grandchildren: Jill (Andy) Follmer of Omaha; Michael Miller of Oakdale; Allen Miller of Tilden; three great-grandchildren: Owen and Emerson Thorberg of Mullen; Conrad Biller of Evergreen, CO; sister-in-law: Dorothy (Ed) Ambrozic of Mill Creek, WA; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Viola; first wife Bonnie Hofacker; and his sister Thelma Brandt.