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Darwin H. Hoefert, Sr.
Darwin H. Hoefert, sr., 68, of Crivitz and Naples, Fla., died on Saturday, May 14 in Sheboygan County.
Born on March 12, 1943 in Egg Harbor to the late Norman and Lucy (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 married Susan M. Hansen at Immanuel United Church of Christ in West Bend. A self-employed builder, he also owned and operated Darwin and Susan Trucking for more than 20 years. Following retirement, he built the family home in Crivitz. He was known as a "jack of all trades". In addition to building things, he enjoyed woodworking, fishing, canoeing and most of all, his family. Late last year, the couple made Naples, Fla. their winter home and planned on spending their summers 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 and 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 Rev. Mark Hanemann officiating. He will be buried at a later date in St. John's Cemetery, Kohlsville. The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the church on Wednesday from 3:30 until 6 p.m. Memorials are appreciated.