Haxtun-Fleming Herald, Haxtun, Colorado, July 28, 2004


Melvin Leroy Hofmeister, 76, Haxtun, passed away July 23, 2004 at Sterling Regional MedCenter. He was born September 25, 1927 in Haxtun to Gladys (Switzer) and Dan Hofmeister. He attended school in Holyoke and graduated from Holyoke High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and played in the military band. He was proud of playing for two Kentucky Derbys while enlisted.


He received a bachelor of science from Colorado State Teachers College and later his master’s of education from the University of Denver. He served as principal in schools at Amherst,Highland Center, and Rockland. Before retiring he taught science for 22 years for the Cherry Creek School District.


On June 22, 1951, Melvin married Dolores Haynes at the Church of the Brethren, Haxtun.


His memberships included the B.P.O.P.E. #2122 Lodge of Englewood, an honorary member of the Fleming Veteran of Foreign Wars, the National Rifle Association, and Pheasants Forever. He loved cooking, hunting, coaching basketball, watching football, reading, and music of all kinds. He especially loved visiting with his grandson, Wade.


Survivors include his wife; son Brad and wife Cyndi Hofmeister, Fort Morgan; grandson Wade; sister Nelda and husband Dale O’Neal; brother Bill and wife Neila; and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Raymond and Dale.


Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 27 at the Church of the Brethren, with Reverend Pfaltzgraff officiating.


A graveside military rite was given by the American Legion Fred C. Lewman Post 137.





Family information


Father:  Dan Hofmeister

Mother:  Gladys (Switzer)



Spouse:      Dolores (Haynes)                             Married: June 22,1951



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