Charles William Hoffner, II


Charles William Hoffner, II, 76, of Westfield, Ind., passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Family and friends gathered for a viewing and visitation Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 10 a.m. in the Dawson Funeral Home, 413 Walnut Street, Olin, IA 52320, where the funeral service was held at 11 a.m.

A lunch reception was held at the Hale Supper Club at 5522 County Road E-45, Wyoming, following the service.

Charlie was born May 2, 1944, in Iowa City, to Charles William and Bernice Anne (Cave) Hoffner.

Charlie was a true jack of all hobbies, making a hobby out of having hobbies. And he was so successful at all of them. He taught Sunday school, built fences, restored houses, was a Navy brat, planted orchards, played varsity football, collected coins and stamps, built furniture, an eternal bargain hunter, wrote books, poems and music, talked to random strangers on the New York subway, restored an MG, invested in the stock market, fixed vacuum cleaners, led Indian Guides, studied philosophy, and played the trumpet in the University of Iowa marching band.

Following graduation from the University of Iowa, where he earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering, Charlie worked for Bell Laboratories in Naperville, Ill., for more than 29 years. He held two design patents within the engineering field and intended for use with computer systems.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice, in 1994; his father, Charles, in 1997; and his sister, Patricia, in 2017.

Charlie is survived by his four children: Elizabeth Hoffner, Stephanie Sunday, Christopher Hoffner, and Valerie Gordon; his grandchildren: Cody, Hannah, Tyler, Parker, Lydia, Miles and Jenna; and his nieces and nephews.

Indiana arrangements entrusted to Bussell Family Funerals.

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