Rodney C. Hoffert, age 78, of St. James, was called to his eternal rest on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester.
Rodney C. Hoffert, age 78, of St. James, was called to his eternal rest on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester. A Celebration of Life Service for Rodney will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at First Lutheran Church, St. James, with Pastor K. Christian Johnson officiating. Private Family Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 in the Social Hall of First Lutheran Church in St. James. Messages of Sympathy may be sent to the family on line at www.kramerfuneralhome.com
Rodney Curtis Hoffert was born on April 18, 1936 to Otto and Elizabeth (Wegner) Hoffert in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota. He was baptized on May 10, 1936 in Black Duck and later confirmed on June 18, 1950 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He attended school in Black Duck and later moved to Long Prairie-Staples area and that is were he received his education and later received his GED in the Military. On April 23, 1959 he served in the United States Army until his honorable discharge on March 29, 1961. He returned to the Butterfield area and on June 19, 1965, he was united in marriage to Ardis Ann Johnson at Mountain Lake. After their marriage they lived in Butterfield until moving to St. James. Rodney was employed as a truck driver for Land O’Lakes in Mountain Lake and later Butterfield Foods and then Tony Down Foods. He then drove truck for Marten Transport for many years until driving for Runge Trucking in St. James until his retirement. Rodney logged over 4 million miles without an accident. He then was employed as a custodian for the Wayside Rest in rural St. James. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in St. James and was awarded a safe driving award from Marten Trucking.
Survivors include his wife, Ardis Hoffert of St. James; son, Ron Hoffert of Minneapolis; granddaughter, Jami Hoffert of Minneapolis; brother, David Hoffert of Phoenix, Ariz.; and other relatives and friends.
Rodney was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold Hoffert and infant LeRoy Hoffert; and other relatives.