The Woodward News

December 9, 2013

Bert Hoffner

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. —

Bert Hoffner, 67 year old retired educator, died on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at his home in Woodward County. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Woodward, Oklahoma. Interment will follow in Gnadenfeldt Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Albert George “Bert” Hoffner was born on November 15, 1946, in Woodward, Oklahoma to George and Freda (Semmel) Hoffner. Bert spent his early years on the family farm near Fargo. He attended school in Fargo and graduated from Fargo High School with the class of 1964. Bert then enrolled at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. After attending college for one year, he signed up for the United States Army Reserve for basic training. After he returned from his basic training, he continued his education in college. He was united in marriage to Pamela K. Hardy on March 30, 1968, in Woodward, Oklahoma. Bert and Pam made their home in Alva, Oklahoma, where Bert completed his Bachelors Degree. Bert began teaching industrial Arts and coaching at the Mulhall-Orlando school district. Bert then completed his Masters degree. While there Bert was named as the Superintendent of Schools, serving in that capacity for one year. Bert and Pam eventually returned to the Woodward area where Bert worked as the Manager of Ace Hardware and then as an independent carpenter. Bert spent the remainder of his career as the Carpentry Instructor at the High Plains Area Vo-Tech School.

Bert enjoyed spending time with his family and was devoted to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He also spent his free time farming, ranching, collecting coins, doing leather work, and was known as a rock hound. Bert had a true passion for teaching, especially woodworking.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Woodward, Oklahoma.

Bert is survived by his wife Pam of the home; daughters, Amy Bates and husband Michael of Durant; Brenda Gartrell and husband Gary Don of Woodward; four grandchildren, Katelyn and Madison Gartrell; Braden and Dylan Bates; two sisters, Diane Harper and husband Jack of Calera, Darlene Simpson and husband Bill of Piedmont; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Freda Hoffner, and one sister, Donna Harris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran  Church Building Fund with the funeral home accepting contributions.

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