Gilbert “Gib” Hoffer, 91, of Decorah, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, Wis. A memorial mass is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3,  at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah, with Rev. Phil Gibbs officiating. Organist is Mary Beth Bouska. Cantor is Cindy Schissel. Hymns are “Be Not Afraid,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Ave Maria” and “How Great Thou Art.” Lector is Larry Hauber. Offertory gift bearers are Ryan Herman and Heather Loock. Eucharistic minister is Bonnie Arneson. Military rites were provided by honorary casket bearers: Helof Holm VFW Chapter 1977; Bernatz – Symonds American Legion Post No. 163; Hamre – Giesen DAV Chapter No. 8 and AmVets No. 96, Decorah. Interment is at a later date in St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery, Decorah.

Gilbert Edward Hoffer was born Sept. 16, 1922, the son of Edward Henry and Mayme Mary (Long) Hoffer in Mount Angel, Ore. Gib graduated from St. Benedict’s Prep School in 1941. Gib served in the US Navy from 1942-45, aboard the USS Steamer Bay, primarily in the Pacific theatre during WWII. Gilbert married Helen Middlemiss Nov. 27, 1946, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mt. Angel, Ore. Gib and Helen came to Iowa in 1947 and he worked in sales in Spencer and Emmetsburg. While working for the Cadco Company, Gib was promoted to sales manager and was transferred to Des Moines in 1976. He moved to Decorah in 1986 and retired in 1996. Gib’s hobbies included fishing for trout, hunting, golfing, playing cards and being outdoors. He was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Helof Holm VFW Chapter No. 1977, and the Silvercrest Golf Course. He was one of the first volunteer members of Hospice, taking care of the first Hospice patient.

Gib’s survivors include his wife, Helen Hoffer, Decorah; one daughter, Donna (Eugene) Herman, New Albin; two sons, Paul Hoffer, Humble, Texas and Todd Hoffer, Clarinda. In addition, Gib is survived by his three grandchildren: Ryan (Sarah) Herman, Caledonia, Minn., Heather (Ryan) Loock, Green Bay, Wis. and Brad Hoffer, Humble, Texas; six great-grandchildren: Margaret “Maggie” and William “Will” Herman; Paige and triplets, Jacoby, Amber and Lily Loock (whom Gib was able to meet moments before he passed away); one brother, Robert (Nella) Hoffer, Union City, Calif.; one sister, Regina Klienschmit, Mt. Angel, Ore.; one sister-in-law, Margaret Hoffer, Mt. Angel, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews.

Gib was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mayme (Long) Hoffer; three brothers: Victor, Eugene and Paul Hoffer; one sister, Leona Kehoe.