Donald L. Hofstetter obituaryIn Loving Memory…

Donald L. Hofstetter

Donald L. Hofstetter, 74, of Gravois Mills, formerly of Tipton, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City.

Born March 18, 1946, in Tipton, he was the oldest of two children of Ivan James and Arleen (Dick) Hofstetter.

Don grew up in Tipton and was a 1964 graduate of Tipton High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1967 and served four years of active duty during the Vietnam War, followed by 25 years with the Air Force Reserves.

On March 9, 1968, at the Tipton United Methodist Church, he was united in marriage to Connie Sue (Drake). This union was blessed with two daughters.

Don lived most of his life in Tipton before retiring in December 2007. He started the Sears catalog store in Tipton and completed his career as the agent/owner of Ozark Regional Insurance.

He enjoyed golfing, his time on the lake, watching his grandkids play sports and listening to music. He was a loving man and was dedicated to anything he put an effort toward and enjoyed making flag boxes for Veterans.

He was a longtime member of Tipton United Methodist Church. Since moving to the lake in 2016, he was a member of Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Connie, of the home; two daughters, Tina Brant (George), of Tipton, and Kristy Campbell (Shawn), of Cole Camp; five grandchildren, Jeremy Brant, Riley Brant, Alyson Brant, Sydney Campbell and Ashley Campbell; and a brother, Bill Hofstetter (Barbara), of Gladstone.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 11, 2020, at Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie, with Rev. Tim Lee officiating. Full military honors will be conducted.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ozark Chapel UMC, Community for Christ, or Tipton UMC.

Masks will be required at the visitation and services.

Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home, Sedalia, MO.


43 Responses

  1. Connie, I am sorry for your loss. Don’s infectious smile always brightened my day. I pray that many wonderful memories will bless you.

  2. Connie, You and your family are in our prayers. I have fond memories of the few times I was with you and Donnie. He was a terrific man.

    Mom joe and Chalice Jeffries

  3. Connie, Kristy and Tina so very sorry for your loss. The class of ’63 had some fun times with the class of ’64. Don will be missed. Remember all the good times and rest in those memories. Our sympathy and love to you all.

    John and Cecilia

  4. We are sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lloyd and Kathy Meyer.

  5. Donnie you were a friend when I needed a friend. I still remember our trip to Rome on the train. Enjoyed every mile. I will remember you in my prayers.

  6. Connie – My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Don was one of the good guys. Russ always liked talking with him and especially discussing Vettes. God bless.

  7. Connie Just so sad to hear about Don. Thinking of the last time I saw you two at lunch in Tipton. My sympathy to you and your sweet family.

  8. Tina, I am so sorry for your Dad’s passing. There are no words to take your family’s pain away, but please know that you are all in my Prayers.❤

  9. Connie, I had just realized recently that I was missing Don’s posts on Facebook and I had left him a PM only to learn the next day that he had passed. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know his huge personality will be missed by all.

  10. Connie, Tina and Kristy we are so heartbroken for your loss. There are no words that can ease your pain now but praying that God will wrap His loving arms around you and your families and give you each a peace and comfort that can only come from Him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Connie, Bob and I want express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will miss you and Don at our annual retirement meeting at Whiteman AFB. We were proud to serve with Don in the 77th Aerial Port over the years. God bless him and you and your family.

  12. Connie,and family so sorry for your loss. Don was a very special friend I enjoyed reserve weekends we spent in Kansas City. He will be missed.

  13. Don was one of a kind I always enjoyed visiting with him. Even though I have not seen him in a while he would make you feel comfortable. He will truly be missed!


  14. Connie and family, I pray for God’s comfort and peace as you celebrate Don’s life. I enjoyed Don in the 77th.

  15. I was one of the lucky ones to be remembered by Don and received one of his well made flag boxes when my husband died so I have a special memory to treasure of Don. My heart goes out to you and all your family. May God hold you close and comfort you in your time of need. Your friend Lanell

  16. Connie and family, Sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Our sympathy and love to all. Treasure the memories!

  17. Connie. So sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. The many years of playing cards together built a real friendship with you and Don. His business success will not go unnoticed as he was a generous man. Eileen and Dave

  18. Connie Tina and Kristy we will always cherish the flag boxes Don did for John and his brothers. We had many a good time jet skiing together.

  19. Connie, Carole and I are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I was proud to have served with him in the 77th. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are all in our prayers.

  20. Connie, Tom and I are so sorry to hear about Donnie’s death. You, the girls and family are in our thoughts, prayers and hearts. God be with you all.

  21. Connie, Tina, Kristy and the rest of his family, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief and loss. I enjoyed working for Don in the insurance office and he and Eddie had many trips and adventures together in the Air Force Reserves.

  22. Connie & family sorry to hear of Donnie passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with each one of you.

  23. Connie, you & your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Don was always a pleasure to visit with. Usually from our docks or when he would find one of our run away jet skis.
    He will be missed.

  24. Dave Gray and Linda Trail
    Connie we are so sorry lost, Don will be missed we have lost a friend and a golf buddy. God bless you and your children,keep them close for support.

  25. Thinking of you all today as you celebrate the life and legacy of Don.
    Asking God to hold you close and for His comfort to surround you. Holding each of you in prayer.

  26. Connie and family, Robert and I are so sorry for your family’s loss. Sending prayers

  27. Connie. Sue and I are so sorry for your loss, the family’s and us. Don was such a special person to so many. I am thankful for my flag box, all the golf we got to play and time we spent with you and Don. He will be missed you all are in our prayers.

  28. Connie and the rest of your family,I have fond memories of when Don came to CA and bailed our 3rd daughter out of Moniteau county jail. Yes, I paid him back with interest. 😏 Another memory was when he drove all the way to Hesston to play golf, FREE because I worked there at that time. I appreciated his politics and the way he kept my bro in law, Phil in line. My sisters, brother and I wanted to pay our respects at his memorial service yer thought too risky at our ages. May God keep all of you in His care!

  29. Connie, Tina, Christy and families, I am so very sorry for your loss! Prayers for comfort and healing! Hugs!

  30. Connie and family- I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. It’s been a hard year for spouses of the class of 64 gals.

  31. Connie and daughters, so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers. I am sorry for being so late with this. I am so thankful to have the flag box that Don made for me from Eddie’s funeral. I also remember the good times we used to have when you and Eddie worked for Bixler, it was like family. Take care.
    Love and prayers

  32. Connie and family…We pray for you all at this time you are going through with the loss of Don. The last time we saw him was a happy time when he surprised us by stopping by for a cup of coffee before delivering a car he was taking to someone in another state.

    Now he is in his heavenly home and not suffering from this terrible virus any more.

    Love you, Donna and Rolland Lindgren

  33. My condolences and prayers to you and your family. May God bless you and keep you in His tender loving care.
    Love in Christ,
    Rala Mahdi

  34. Donnie, I wish you could be here today to share in the celebration of Joe Biden being elected our 46th President of the United States. We shared our liberal politics and I know you are as happy as I am today. Something tells me you are high-fiving all your new friends up in heaven. What a glorious day it is!!

  35. Connie, sorry to hear of your loss, Don wasn’t just an acquaintance, he was my friend.

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