In Memory of Clinton L. Hoferman

Clinton L. Hoferman
Clinton L. Hoferman
Born: November 1, 1931
Died: May 13, 2018
Age: 86
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Clinton L. Hoferman
November 1, 1931 - May 13, 2018
From: Storm Lake, IA

Clinton L. Hoferman, age 86, of Storm Lake, Iowa (formerly of Alta, Iowa) passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Fonda Specialty Care of Fonda, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the United Methodist Church of Alta, Iowa. Rev. Robert J. Strand and Pastor Kim A. Dewey will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Woodlawn Cemetery of Alta, Iowa, with Military Rites conducted by the VFW Post No. 6172 of Alta, Iowa and the United States Army Reserve. A Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the United Methodist Church of Alta, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

          Clinton was born November 1, 1931, to Leo and Mamie (Schoen) Hoferman on the family farm, east of Storm Lake, Iowa.  Growing up he graduated from Alta Consolidated School, Alta, in 1951.  Following school, he entered the United States Army on April 8, 1952, where he served his country in Japan during the Korean Conflict.  He served with the 10th Mt. Division and the 1st Cavalry Division.  He spent his 17 months overseas playing his baritone in the Army Band. He was honorably discharged March 13, 1954.

          Clinton began playing the baritone horn at age 7. He was in the high-school band by 5th grade and began playing with the Storm Lake Municipal Band at the age of 15.  The family tells stories how band director Karl King used to drive out to the family farm to pick up Clinton in order to play in his band.  Clinton played in the Storm Lake Municipal Band for 70 years, retiring just last year.

          On September 19, 1954, Clinton was united in marriage to Ruth Jeniece Patten at the Presbyterian Church in Alta.  Together they were blessed with 4 daughters, Diane, Joan, Colleen and Lisa, 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

          Clinton was a member of the United Methodist Church in Alta, Iowa, where he always put God first in his life.

          Clinton was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6172, Alta, Iowa.  He was All State Commander for 12 years and All American Commander for 2 years.  He was also the 8th District Commander and then Iowa State Commander in 1995-96.  He served as Chaplain for his post, 6172, 8th District, Department of Iowa and the Big Ten Conference for 14 years.  He also was the Veterans Service Officer for Buena Vista County, Iowa, for many years.

          Clinton was a life-long farmer.  He loved the land and the outdoors – hunting and fishing as much as possible.  He enjoyed relaxing with his buddies at the “office” (Hy-Vee coffee shop).  Above all, he loved spending time with family.  They were the love of his life!

          Clinton is survived by his wife, Ruth, of 63 years; Diane (Bruce) Radke of Clinton, Iowa; Joan (Roger) Pence of Gilbert, AZ; Colleen (Barry) Sharp of Rogers, MN; and Lisa (Troy) Miranowski of Coon Rapids, MN.  11 grandchildren:  Christopher (Courtney) Radke of Clinton, Iowa; Joshua (Stephanie) Radke of Iowa City, Iowa; Meghann Radke (Robert) MacKinnon of Otsego, MN; Jason (Hollie) Miska of Fallbrook, CA; Andrea Miska (Brandon) Pufall of San Tan Valley, AZ; Clinton (Addie) Sharp of New Bern, NC; Matthew Sharp of Otsego, MN; Rachael Sharp of Fargo, MN; Anthony (Jenny) Miranowski of Coon Rapids, MN; Connor (Meagan) Miranowski of Coon Rapids, MN; and Tayhler Miranowski of Coon Rapids, MN.  20 great-grandchildren:  Owen, Hudson, Finley, Penelope and Jonas Radke; Oliver and Amelia Radke; Miranda, Anthony, Natalie and Alyssa MacKinnon; Leroy, Mackenzie and Noah Miska; Madison Miska; Ryker and Asher Sharp; Levi Miranowski; Bayleigh and Charlie Miranowski. His brother, Boyd (Marilu) Hoferman; Sister, Donna (Robert) Strand; sister-in-law Margie Hoferman; brothers-in-law, Neil (Pat) Patten, and Doug Patten, sister-in-law Darlene Patten; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

          Clinton was preceded in death by his parents, Leo (1960) and Mamie (1983) Hoferman; his brother, Duane Hoferman (2012); brothers-in-law Tom Patten (2010) and Kenny Patten (2012), and sister-in-law, Virginia Patten (2014).



10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018
United Methodist Church 
Alta, Iowa


Rev. Robert J. Strand
&Pastor Kim A. Dewey


Chris Radke
Dr. Joshua Radke
Jason Miska
Clinton Sharp
Matthew Sharp
Anthony Miranowski
Connor Miranowski
Andrea Miska

Honorary Pallbearers
Meghann MacKinnon
Tayhler Miranowski
Rachael Sharp 


4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday
United Methodist Church 
Alta, Iowa


"On The Mall March"
"When We All Get To Heaven"
"Going Home"
"Because He Lives"
"Now I Belong to Jesus"

Vocalist Lori Olson
Pianist Muriel Nelson
Organist Randall Ericksen


Woodlawn Cemetery
Alta, Iowa


Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 12:08 PM
“What a super guy! He spread his faith by volunteering and helping others in so many ways. May your treasure trove of wonderful memories and deep faith comfort you. In sincere sympathy and as always. Gwynn”
- Gwynn Gerlach
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 3:22 PM
“Ruth, My sympathies.”
- Ronald G. Peterson
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 10:55 PM
“My condolences to Ruth and the whole family.We will all join Clinton in a song unto our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for all of eternity.Won't that be so awesome!!!”
- Joseph Harvey
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 10:54 PM
“So sorry to hear that Clinton passed. But we know without a doubt that he is at home with Jesus and we'will join him in a song when we all get there to join him. My sincere condolences to Ruth and the whole family .”
- Joseph Harvey
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 10:54 PM
“So many memories of singing together in choir and fellowship with your family flood my mind. I am so sorry for your loss!”
- Doris Harvey
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 2:51 PM
“Dear Ruth and Family,
My deepest regards in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. I trust the God he loved and trusted will bring comfort and encouragement to each of you.
Clint had a love for life that was infectious and I count it a great privilege to have known him, even though our acquaintance was only recent. Several years ago I was invited to join the Storm Lake Municipal Band by another friend. I showed up for rehearsal the first time not knowing what to expect but was instantly welcomed by Clint. He and I were most often the only two baritones in the band and I was always amazed at his enthusiasm and ability, even at his age. One of my life goals is to continue making music as long as Clint did.
Excuse me, but I must share one fun memory of Clint. We were playing a concert in the park (I think the last year he played with us) and Clint played one note on a rest which was instantly followed by a disgusted "Oh S$#\t!". Trouble was, during his remark, the entire band was resting and I think most of the band heard it as well.
I know each of you have myriads of great memories of Clint and I hope as you share them with one another, they will bring each of you a small portion of the joy Clint was able to bring to his world.
Again , heartfelt sympathy along with a joy of knowing Clint is making heavenly music as he is today, worshiping his Creator and Savior!

- David Brown
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8:03 PM
“Ruth and family, I am so saddened to hear of Clint's passing. My memories of him always include laughter, many kind words, and an ever present smile. My deepest condolences to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Tracy (Meyer) Nelson
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8:03 PM
“So sorry to hear of Clint's passing, he always said Hi and had a story to tell---he was so proud (and deserving) of his service to our country. Thoughts and prayers with the family”
- Sandy Johnson
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8:03 PM
“Clint was truly a blessing to everybody who was lucky enough to know him. I have many fond memories of both he and Ruth (both from when I was in school and when my brother was involved in Scouts.) Ruth you have my condolences. ”
- Sarah Norris Roller
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 1:50 PM
“So many wonderful memories of my beloved uncle. Will miss him greatly. Joyful beyond description that he is forever with the Lord Jesus his Savior & King.”
- Keith Hoferman
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 12:15 PM
“We will miss Clint - we loved joking around with him. He was such a joy and such a true patriot. He always made sure we kept tabs on my HS classmate Barry. The Hoferman family is in our prayers.”
- Dawn Prosser
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 12:15 PM
“Dear Ruth, Diane, Joan, Cole and Lisa and families....please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at the loss of your beloved, husband, father and grandfather. At Tayhlor's recital and graduation was the last time I saw Clint and we had such a nice vist. May your precious memories, and I am sure there are many, comfort you now and always. Clint rest in the peace of your Savior Jesus.”
- Rod and Cleo Miranowski
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 10:28 PM
“Dear Hoferman Family-please accept my sincere sympathy on Clinton's passing. He was a bright spot at the Dick Bauman Big Band concerts and even before that when I knew him when I taught in Aurelia. I love it that you are having, "On the Mall" played. It is one of my favorites too.”
- Laura Hanna
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 10:28 PM
“So sorry to hear of Clint's passing. What a great supporter of band music in our area. Will certainly be thinking of him, and m will miss his support, when the DBBB kicks off on memorial day. He will be missed!!”
- Rod Shedenhelm
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