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Otis Earl Hofer
Otis Earl Hofer
Otis Earl Hofer, 91, of Clinton passed away peacefully April 1, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center-South Campus, Clinton.

A funeral service was held Friday, April 5, at Lemke Funeral Homes-South Chapel, Clinton.

Burial will take place at a later date. Lemke Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements.

Otis was born June 19, 1921, in Clinton, the son of Earl and Rachel Johnston Hofer.

Otis was united in marriage to Alice Nielson Dec. 7, 1940, in Davenport.

Following his marriage to Alice, Otis farmed for 20 years, he then managed and was a board member of C & J Farm Ser-vice Co. in Low Moor.

Otis was a dedicated Clinton County 4-H leader and mentored the 4-H youth, es-pecially teaching the 4-H kids how to groom and prepare calves for 4-H shows at the local, state and national level competi-tions; this included extensive traveling throughout the Midwest. He was inducted into the Clinton County 4-H Hall of Fame July 19, 2012.

In parallel to his dedication to 4-H, he also coached youths at various sports.

For six years, Otis was a councilman for the city of Low Moor. Following that, he was the mayor of Low Moor for six years. Additionally he was the president and member of the Low Moor Lions Club.

A portion of his retirement, nine years, was spent in Sun City, Fla. In 2005, Otis and Alice moved back to Clinton.

Otis is survived by his wife, Alice; a daughter, Shirley Busch of Davenport; sons, Terry Hofer of Low Moor and Ron-ny (Alice) Hofer of Camanche; five grand-children; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Maureen Kelleher of Georgia; brothers, Merrill (Mildred) Hofer of Arizona and Dr. Loren (Lorraine) Hofer of Florida; "and his faithful dog, Buddy."

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a brother -in-law.

Memorials may be directed to the fami-ly.

Online condolences can be left at www.lemkefuneralhomes.com.

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