Rev. Tom Petersen
Organist ~ Glee Deutscher
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
“How Great Thou Art”
All of Sammy’s Great-Grandchildren
Sammy D. Hofer was born on Thursday, May 4, 1911 in Hutchinson County near Dolton, South Dakota to David R.M. and Anna (Stahl) Hofer. He attended country school through the 8th grade. Sammy married Elsie Pullman on March 11, 1934 and one daughter, Elaine, was born to this union. Together they farmed west of Freeman until Elsie’s death in 1938. On June 12, 1942, Sammy was united in marriage to Lydia Haase and together they made their home on a farm five miles south of Scotland. He was particularly proud to be one of the first owners of a self-propelled combine in his area and worked on several custom combining projects. In 1977, Sammy retired from farming and later moved into Scotland with Lydia in the fall of 1992. Sammy loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and baseball. He spent much of his retirement woodworking, completing more than 70 roll-top desks. When he wasn’t watching a Twins game or busy building, he was attending Scotland Rodeo Club and Scotland Sportsmen’s Club events. He was also a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church until its closing, at which time he joined the United Methodist Church in Scotland. Sammy died on Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland, having achieved the age of 102 years, 7 months, and 26 days.
Sammy is survived by his four children: Curtis (Carol) Hofer of Scotland, Len (Diane) Hofer of Beresford, Margaret (Dick) West of Springfield, and Gaylon Hofer and special friend Cheryl Nelles of Scotland; fifteen grandchildren: Barb Jones, Kevin (Renee) Hofer, Chad (Nancy) Hofer, Penny (Eugene) Gall, Chuck (Jean) West, Debra Wadeall, Andrea (Mark) Parzyk, Michael West, Jordan West, Ryan (Leah) Hofer, Chris (Stephanie) Hofer, Carrie (Nathan) Reiss, Amy (Jack) Eckert, Jackie (Corey) Vaith, and John Hofer; and several nieces and nephews.
Sammy was preceded in death by wife Elsie in 1938, wife Lydia in 2008, daughter Elaine Jones, infant son Dennis, great-granddaughter Mallory Vaith, parents, David and Anna Hofer, three brothers: Paul Hofer, Dave Hofer, and Johnny Hofer, and three sisters: Matilda Hofer, Ann Glanzer, and Adinna Hofer.