Robert "Bob" Hoffek
Robert “Bob” G. Hoffek, 70, of Sherman, died 4:45 a.m., Sunday, September 22, 2013 at his home. He was born August 29, 1943 in Granite City to Rudolph and Helen Balent Hoffek. His mother, Helen Hoffek and sister- in- law, Judy Hoffek preceded him in death. He married Karen L. King on June 4, 1966 and she survives.
Also surviving are his father, Rudolph Hoffek of Glen Carbon; two daughters, Angel L. Hoffek and Nicole (Edgar) Morris both of Columbia, SC; one son, Brian Hoffek of Springfield; four grandchildren, Lucy and Jack Morris and Sam and Wes Hoffek; one brother, Lawrence Hoffek of Vandalia; sister and brother-in-law, Leonard and Betty Seiler of Girard and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Robert was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University where he played varsity baseball. He was the owner and operator of Frontier Adjusters Claim Service retiring in 2005 and was a former teacher and coach at Girard and LaSalle Peru Schools. He was former trustee of the Sherman Village Board, former member of the Sherman Planning Commission and was an active parishioner and usher at St. John Vianney Church. Bob was an avid golfer and fisherman. He was also the executive director and co-founder of North County Teen Court and was awarded the 2010 Sherman Distinguished Citizen award for his work with the North County Teen Court. Bob was inducted into Granite City baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.
Lie in State: 9:00-10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at St. John Vianney Church in Sherman.
Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at St. John Vianney Church in Sherman with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
The family request memorial contributions may be made to North County Teen Court Scholarship Fund or Memorial Home Hospice.
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Karen, Angel, Nicole, Brian, Uncle Rudy and Larry, We are so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. He was a great cousin and always a friend. I will always remember and cherish the wonderful times our families shared while we were growing up. While Bob was several years older than me, he was never too old to let his younger cousin tag along when he went hunting and fishing. Those were good times and we will miss him deeply! Love to you all...
karen brian angel nicole lucy jack sam wes i am so sorry fore your loss you are in my pryers i will miss bob seatting on the frot prarch talking about the st louis cardsnals baseball team with me may god bless you all in the time of shrrow danny hinds neighbor and friend i know karen she was my gym tacher she teach me a lots thanks you miss hoffeck i learn a lots from you
Bob was my cousin. We grew up together in Granite City, Illinois, and started college together at Eastern Illinois University. Bob was a good friend and a great athlete. Our paths did not cross much as we got older but I know that Bob was an excellent father and husband. I am sure he will be missed dearly by his wife Karen and all his children and grand children.
My family moved in to the house behind the Hoffeks when I was five years old. It was my first introduction to the way that a person with a big personality can make everyone in the room feel at ease. Mr. Hoffek would talk baseball with me, and at an early age, corrected the way my hands held a bat in such a manner that I never screwed it up again. We were just the neighbor kids, but Mr. Hoffek always treated my brother and me like gold. A great man.
What a wonderful man. He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family. Since moving away after high school, I had no idea about his involvement in the North County Teen Court; however, what a wonderful program. It is great to know that such a program exists, and I was not surprised at all to learn that Bob had such a large part in its founding and administration. He was one of a kind. To Karen, Angel, Nicole and Brian...an "I'm sorry for your loss" doesn't seem to be enough, but what a remarkable life your husband and father had to share with so many people. Again, he will be missed.
God saw Bob getting tired and a cure was not to be. He wrapped him in His loving arms and whispered "Come with me". He tried so hard to stay with us but his fight was not in vain, God took him to His loving home and freed him from his pain. God bless.
Bob was a remarkable guy. He didn't know a stranger and always made you feel like you were his best friend. He particularly knew how to relate to the youth in the area and was a mentor to so many. He will be greatly missed. To the entire Hoffek family, I offer my condolences and I pray that the Lord gives you strength to get through the days ahead.
Dave & Vickie Pruitt posted on 10/4/13
Dear Karen, Brian, Angel, and Family - Gary G. of LaSalle/Peru days has just made me aware of Bob's passing. I am so sorry to hear this. Bob was a great guy, who always greeted you with that smile that made you wonder what he was up to. During my first years of teaching in Unit #15 Schools in the early 90's, Bob was one of the best "Band Boosters" a director could want to know, and although Brian, you weren't even in band at the time, your Dad would be complimenting kids in the WHS Band at Football games, Basketball games, Concerts, and Graduations, etc. He was a great friend to many of the coaches and teachers during those years. Later, it would be great to visit with him at school functions and events, where you, Karen, had to be, but Bob always made the event more fun with his "I never met a stranger" personality. Our hearts, thoughts , and prayers are with all of your family.