Lauren Hofmeister, 87, formerly of Pierre, died Thursday, September 20, at the Marion Nursing Home.
Lauren Hofmeister was born on April 11, 1925, in Chancellor, S.D. to Albert and Ida (Mundhenke) Hofmeister. He grew up in Chancellor and graduated from Chancellor High School in 1944. He served in the United States Army from 1944-1946 during WWII with service in Okinawa and Korea. He married Maxine Purcell in Sioux Falls on December 31, 1948.
Lauren worked as a newspaper editor for the Chancellor News and the Hurley Leader. He followed his Dad into the funeral industry and then attended St. Louis Mortuary College and became a funeral director in 1950. In 1964, Lauren and Maxine purchased the funeral homes in Presho and in Murdo. In 1983, they purchased the Isburg Funeral Home in Pierre, changing the name to Hofmeister Funeral Chapels.
After retiring from funeral business in the early 90’s, Lauren and Maxine continued to live near the golf course in Pierre. Throughout his life Lauren enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and his coffee groups. In the mid 80’s they started spending their winters in Pharr, Texas, and their summers in Pierre. In 2006 due to health concerns he and Maxine moved to Sioux Falls.
He is survived by his sons: Larry (Peggy) and Glenn (Kathleen); seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine; daughter, Roxann Joy; brothers: Harold, Glenn and Claire; and sisters: Evelyn Blogg and Floy Leyba.
Memorials may be directed to Hillsview Golf Course.
Visitation was held on Sunday, September 23, at Isburg Funeral Chapel with Masonic Services at the Chapel. The funeral service was held Monday, September 24, at the First United Methodist Church with burial following at the Rosehill Cemetery in Parker.
Arrangements were placed in care of Isburg Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.isburgfuneralchapels.com.