May 24, 1954 - November 4, 2018
San Antonio, TX - Formerly of Middletown, NY
Edward "Ed" Charles Hoffer (SMSGT Ret., USAF), of San Antonio, TX, returned to his Lord and Savior on November 4, 2018. A memorial service and celebration of Ed's life will be held at 1 p.m. on November 17th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15200 Judson Road, San Antonio, TX 78247. Burial service with full military honors will follow at a later date.
Ed was born on May 24, 1954 to Charles Edward and Noel Renee Hoffer, in Newburgh, NY. In school he excelled in band, playing the trumpet in school and with his Pop in the local fireman's band. Through school vocational programs, he learned to be a skilled mechanic working on firetrucks and other heavy equipment. In 1972, Ed enlisted in the United States Air Force first serving as a heavy equipment mechanic while he was stationed in Alabama and Alaska, later finding his true calling as a military recruiter.
Stationed in Phoenix, AZ, he met and married his first wife, Kathleen, and their first child, Joseph, was born. The Air Force transferred the young family to Washington State where their second son, Aaron, was born in Yakima. Carrie, their only daughter, was born in Colfax, WA followed by son, Joshua, who was born in Moscow, ID. The growing family moved to Utah where Ed was stationed at Fort Douglas and son Joel was born in Murray. The family was transferred back to Washington State and Matthew and Nathan were born in Richland. In 1991 Ed and family were transferred to Randolph AFB in San Antonio, where he served as an Inspector General for the Air Force Recruiting Service and then assigned to Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service. Ed retired from the Air Force in 1995.
Aside from the Air Force, Ed had many hobbies and was a renaissance man. When it came to things mechanical, he was a constant tinkerer who passed many of these traits along to his children.
In 2000, Ed married Lynn. They were married for 18 years, residing in Northeast San Antonio, where Ed was an active volunteer for many years with the Texas Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America helping to organize and run fun-shoots for wounded warriors at the Bracken Gun Range. He volunteered with the Commemorative Air Force and other local nonprofits. Ed was a friend of Bill W. with over 42 years sobriety and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Lynn Hoffer; his brother, Cordell Hoffer (Nancy) and sister, Cynthia Beres (Russell) of New York; his seven children, two step-children and 14 grandchildren: Joseph Hoffer (Melissa) and grandchildren: Austin Wolda, Aiden, Elizabeth and Avery; Aaron Hoffer (Wen Juan) and grandchildren, Abigail and Alice (plus one due soon); Carrie Stratton (Grant) and grandchildren: Cairn, Cerise, Gauge, and Aster; Joshua Hoffer (Blair) and grandchildren, Peyton and Olivia; Joel Hoffer; Matthew Hoffer and grandchild, James; Nathan Hoffer; and stepdaughters, Jeanette Barnes Absher and grandchild, Alex; and Mary "Kiki" Reynolds.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed's memory and honor may be made to the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (https://www.centraltexaswing.org/) or to the Texas Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (http://texaspva.org/).