M. F. Hoofer died at his home in this city at 7:20 p.m. on last Friday, August 26, 1921, after a lingering sickness, resulting from a complication of disease which finally affected his heart and caused paralysis. He had been confined to his home for nearly six weeks and during that time had suffered greatly, yet he was patient and uncomplaining through it all.
Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church on Sunday afternoon and were in charge of Rev. J. T. Wheeler of the Christian church. He spoke from the text, "the voice said, cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field; the grass withereth, the flower fadeth; because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it; surely the people is grass. The grass withereth the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand forever." Isaiah 40: 6-8. Many practical and comforting thoughts were presented. Appropriate music was furnished by a selected choir. Interment was in the Crown Hill cemetery.
Marion Francis Hoofer was born on October 17, 1859, at Leonard, Mo. His age at the time of his death was 61 years, 10 months and 9 days. On January 11, 1885, in La Crosse, Kans., he was united in marriage with Miss Etta Mabel Smith, whose death occurred in this city on September 23, 1911. On September 3, 1914, Mr. Hoofer was again married, this time to Mrs. Ada Belle Smith, who, with two sons and three daughters by his first wife and two step sons, Oscar and Orville Smith, survive him. His surviving children are: Roy H. and Asa F. Hoofer, Mrs. Jessie Bowman, Mrs. Gladys Sickler and Mrs. Hazel Fox. One daughter, Edna May, died in infancy.
The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of all.
Mr. Hoofer came to Kansas from Missouri in the year 1884 and settled near LaCross. In the year 1909 he moved to Comanche-co., giving his attention to farming. About three years ago Mr. and Mrs. Hoofer moved to this city and continued to make their home here. In all his business dealings Mr. Hoofer exhibited the strictest honesty and a high regard for the rights of others. He was well known in the county and was held in high esteem by all. His friendliness, his integrity and his generous sympathetic nature won for him the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. About 25 years ago he united with the Methodist Episcopal church, and had lived a consistent christian life. In Mr. Hoofer's death Comanche-co. loses another good citizen and to many comes the consciousness of having lost a kind neighbor and a faithful friend.
Asa Francis Hoofer, son of Marion Francis Hoofer.
Ralph Hoofer, grandson of Marion Francis Hoofer.
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