Darwin H. Hoefert Sr., 68


Darwin H. Hoefert Sr., 68, of Crivitz and Naples, Fla., died on Saturday, May 14, 2011, with his furry companion Timmy in Sheboygan County.

He was born on March 12, 1943, in Egg Harbor to the late Norman and Lucy (nee Hilgendorf) Hoefert. As a young child, he and his mother moved to Milwaukee for a short time. The family then moved to various places, eventually settling in Washington County. He graduated from West Bend High School with the Class of 1961.

On Sept. 27, 1975, he was united in marriage to Susan M. Hansen at Immauel United Church of Christ in West Bend.

Darwin was a self-employed builder and also was the owner and operator of Darwin and Susan Trucking for more than 20 years.

Following his retirement, he built the family home in Crivitz. Darwin was known as a "jack of all trades." In addition to building things, he enjoyed woodworking, fishing, canoeing and most of all, his family. He was a devoted husband, a loving father and adored his grandchildren. He will be missed by all.

Late last year, Darwin and Sue made Naples, Fla., their winter home and planned on spending their summers at their home in Crivitz.

Survivors include his wife, Susan; six children, Darwin Jr. (Kelly) of Waukesha, Dawn (Robert) Johnson of Deerfield, Laura Luebke of Oakfield, Dylan (Renee Hasenberg) of West Bend, Candace of Astoria, N.Y., and Suzanne (Mario) Cristerna of Oshkosh; 10 grandchildren; seven brothers and sisters, Kathleen (Gerald) Zahn of Kewaskum, Norman (Carol) of Two Rivers, David (Gloria) of East Troy, Pat (John) Mannen of Urbana, Ill., Richard of Milwaukee, Ann Knuth of Cambridge and Marie (Jason) Hintz of Green Bay; his father-in-law, Lee (Marian) Hansen of Waterford; his furry companion, Rascal (brother to Timmy); nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ricky; a sister, Lois; a brother-in-law, Glenn Knuth; a nephew, Benjamin Knuth; a great-nephew, Curtis Zahn; his mother-in-law, Margaret Waits; and a step-brother-in-law, Roger Skrentney.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1268 Pleasant Valley Road, West Bend, with the Rev. Mark Hanemann officiating. He will be buried with one of his companions, Timmy, at a later date in St. Johnís Cemetery, Kohlsville. The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the church only on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Memorials are appreciated.

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www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.