Frank Hoffmeyer, 89
Frank got to spend Easter Sunday with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as he was called from this life into life everlasting on Saturday evening at the Ellsworth Care Center. His wife of 19 years, Leona, was at his side.
Frank was 89 when he passed and was many things to many people during his life.
He was born in Roberts, Wis., on May 25, 1923, the first of five children born to George and Ethel Hoffmeyer. As the years passed, he became brother to Evelyn, Edith, Bill, and Paul.
The family moved several times during his growing-up years, living at various times in the Roberts area, River Falls, and Salem, Mo. He was involved in farming early on, buying his own tractor as a teenager. During most of WWII, he was an employee on the Jennings brothers' farm west of River Falls. At the very end of the war, he was drafted into the U.S. Army at Camp McCoy and became a soldier. He was discharged about 2 years later and became a civilian again. He worked for a construction company in Yellowstone National Park for a time and drove heavy trucks. He also worked for River Falls Sand and Gravel Company as a truck driver.
He became a soldier again in 1950 when he rejoined the Army and served for 3 years, much of it in Korea with the Headquarters Battery of the 937th Field Artillery Battalion, rising to the rank of sergeant. It was during this time period that he met and married Eileen Lambert in September of 1951, thus becoming a husband. In due time, he became a father to Becky, Carol, Pam, and Donald, eventually becoming a grandfather as well.
As a civilian again, he worked for many years for Swift & Co. in South St. Paul, Minn., until the plant closing. Frank had always been a tinkerer, enjoying finding out how things worked, and this led him to become a mechanic for the River Falls Allis Chalmers farm equipment dealer. He later became a sheet metal worker, working for Vollrath in River Falls until his retirement from full-time employment. Even then, Frank would get calls from area farmers who were convinced that only Frank could properly repair their combines.
In 1990, he became a widower when his wife of 38 years passed away. In the years that followed, now being alone, he began to read his Bible. In 1992, he understood what Jesus had done for him and confessed his sin and called on Jesus alone for his salvation, thus becoming the most important thing, a Christian and child of God. In February of 1994, romance bloomed again and he married Leona Bohatta and became a husband again, as well as a stepfather and step-grandfather to those of her family. They both loved going to garage sales and thrift shops and sharing their good fortune with many.
In 1998, he became a patient until his passing, when he had a major stroke. He lived at the Ellsworth Care Center and was loved and fussed over by all the staff.
Preceding him in death were his parents; both sisters and their husbands; his wife Eileen; daughters Becky and Pam; and grandson Gordon Gibbs.
He is survived by his wife Leona; two brothers; daughter and son; five stepchildren; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at First Baptist Church in River Falls at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5; visitation 1 hour before service with burial in Greenwood Cemetery with military honors.
Arrangements made through Cashman-Hill Funeral Services. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.hillfuneralservice.com.