Fallen PGR

George E. Hofferber

Those who have been around awhile will remember George Hofferber.  He was our first 'cager' Ride Captain in Maryland.  His first mission was Memorial Day 2006 for Lt Seidel.  Even stricken with leukemia, he rarely missed a mission, traveling widely around the state in his white pickup.  We are deeply saddened by his loss out in Iowa.  Our condolences to his family.

George E. Hofferber, 70, lost his battle to leukemia Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, surrounded by family in Cedar Rapids. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the First Congregational Church where there will also be Masonic Rites. The Rev. Bob David will officiate. Burial, with military rites, at the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

George was born Aug. 13, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, to Alex and Janette (Wright) Hofferber. He graduated from Washington High School in 1961 and was a proud member of the first state champion swim team. He joined the U.S. Navy on graduation from high school and served our country for eight years, including service on the first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus. After his military service, he spent several years working as an EMT and as a deputy for the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

George was a health physicist and worked in the nuclear power industry for nearly 40 years. His professional career took him to many new places and concluded with 14 years of traveling to England, France, Canada, Japan and China teaching computerized document management systems for radiation safety, industrial safety and generalized maintenance management. He felt he was very blessed to have met so many wonderful people in every location that he traveled.

His professional career was second to his love of family. He met and married Linda Grobstich while working at Area Ambulance Service. Together they had three wonderful children and seven grandchildren. George was incredibly proud of his family and loved to spend time with them. One of his biggest pleasures was watching his grandchildren compete in sports and attending as many plays and concerts as he possibly could.

George was a member of First Congregational Church, The Health Physics Society, Mizpah Masonic Lodge, The YMCA LiveStrong program, The American Legion (Hiawatha) and the Patriot Guard Riders of Iowa. He was ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders in Maryland for three years and attended many funerals and burials at Arlington Cemetery. George was proud to stand with his brothers and sisters in the PGR flag line and provide honors to the American hero's and their families.

George is survived by his son, Timothy (Carli) Hofferber of Cedar Rapids; daughter, Tami (Courtenay) Moon of Baltimore, Md.; and daughter, Tara Hofferber of Frederick, Md.

He also leaves behind seven beloved grandchildren, Sydney, Naomi and Isaac Hofferber of Cedar Rapids, Jordan Bayne and Olivia Stout of Frederick Md., and Miles and Harper Moon of Baltimore Md.; several nieces and nephews; and many extended family.

He also is survived by his sister, Mary (Tim) Healy of Merrimac, Wis.