HURON — Willis Hofhenke, 86, of Huron died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at SunQuest Healthcare Center in Huron.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Riverview United Methodist Church in Huron with burial at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation with family present will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Welter Funeral Home with a 7 p.m. prayer service; or one hour prior to the service. Visit welterfuneralhome.com.
Willis Lewis Hofhenke was born Nov. 14, 1926, in Milbank, to Henry and Mayme (Wenholz) Hofhenke. He was the oldest of six children. He attended country school in rural Milbank. After the eighth grade he went to work on the family farm near Milbank.
He married Genevieve Brandt in Big Stone City on April 15, 1951. He worked for Flannery’s in Milbank until they closed in 1964, then the couple moved to Huron so he could continue working for Flannery’s. He then drove a milk truck for 5 Star Dairy in Lake Preston, which later became AMPI. He retired in November 1989.
He enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, going on bus tours and camping.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Genevieve Hofhenke of Huron; six children, Francis (Geraldine) Hofhenke of Watertown, Diane (Dennis) Johnson of Enderlin, N.D., Becky Bryant of Ethan, Doug (Karla) Hofhenke of Huron, Kerry Hofhenke of Huron, Dede Hofhenke of Huron; 12 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one brother, David (Glenda) Hofhenke of Bellingham, Minn.; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Hofhenke of Milbank, Jackie (Jim) Beiring of Champlin, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Royal, Lyle, Earl; and one sister, Adeline Kruger.For the complete article see the 01-25-2013 issue.
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