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Laurence "Larry" C. Hofacker

Laurence "Larry" C. Hofacker

Laurence (Larry) Charles Hofacker of Elmwood, passed away on Thursday December 7, 2023, at his home surrounded by his family.  Larry was born Tuesday, November 22, 1966, in Menomonie, to Jerry and Sharon (Whirry) Hofacker. He grew up in Elmwood with sisters Kim, Deb, Brenda and brother Jeremy, on the family farm, with grandparents Rose and Lawrence Hofacker just steps away. Larry spent every moment he could outdoors following his dad and grandfather, helping with chores and working in the fields.   

Larry graduated from Elmwood high school in 1985. He then worked on the railroad for Loram Grinding Company, traveling the country as a production rail grinder making friends everywhere he went. Soon after, he worked for John Zimmerman installing farm equipment. Larry then followed his dad into the electrical trade, becoming a Master Electrician, owning and operating his own business. Larry enjoyed a Leinies at the end of a hard-working day. 

Everything with Larry was an adventure.  One of his favorite hobbies was “lighting up the sky” displaying fireworks. Larry valued the simple things in life. Hunting, cutting wood, gardening, and canning to name a few, all of which he surrounded his family in.  He was also an active member of the Elmwood Community Club and Elmwood Fire Department. Larry always had time for people and went out of his way to help others.  

In 2007 Larry met his true love on a trip in Mexico. Surprisingly, she grew up only ten miles away from him. He married Shelly Milliren four years later in Riviera de Maya, Mexico on February 17th, 2011.  Not long after, they welcomed two beautiful daughters Tru Ann Marie and Myah Rose. Larry enjoyed being a father and savored his time with his girls, fishing, camping, teaching them to live off the land and sharing his many other interests with them.   

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Lawrence and Rose Hofacker; George and Ethel Whirry: his mother, Sharon Hofacker and his aunt, Lynette Whirry. 

Larry is survived by his wife Shelly; His daughters: Tru Ann and Myah; His; Father Jerry Hofacker; His siblings Kim (Jim Messerschmidt) Hofacker, Deb (Steve Seefeld) Hofacker, Jeremy (Angie) Whirry, Brenda (Nicky Thiry) Krogstad. Parents-in-law; Tom and Sue Milliren. Brother-in-law; Todd Milliren. Sister-in-law; Sara (Jeff) Asher. His nieces; Libby, KayLee, Addison, Taylor. His nephews; Cody (Kari), Logan, Gavin, Jacob, Trevor, Cameron, Siraj. stepchildren, Jason, Josh and Jaime.  He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday December 15, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Anbalagn Shanmugam officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. 

Visitation will be held from 10:30 AM Friday, to the time of the services at the church with coffee and desserts available in the church basement.

A Celebration of Larry's life will follow the services at the Elmwood Rod & Gun Club from 3:00 to 7:00 PM Friday December 15, 2023.





    My deepest sympathies for your loss.

  2. Kelly Brown

    Sorry for your loss, Larry was a nice man, enjoyed have a beer with him through the years.
    My condolences to his wife and girls.

  3. Michele Chilson

    So sorry for the loss of a good man. i'm sure he will be greatly missed. My ❤️ goes out to Shelly and the beautiful little girls.

  4. Connie Hill

    So sorry!

  5. James Krause

    My sympathy to the Family. He will be missed. I was on the Elmwood Fire Dept. with Larry and Jerome.

  6. Will & Luann

    So sorry for your loss. Sending love to you.
    Our Condolences to the family.

  7. Jim & Susie Ivey

    Our deepest sympathy on your loss. You are in our heart and prayers.
    (Meg's Mom & Dad)

  8. Dave & Kris Polzer

    Shelly and family,
    We are sending you our deepest sympathy on your loss.

  9. Tonette

    My heart goes out to Larry’s family! Thoughts are with you all!!

  10. June Anderson

    Sending deepest sympathies to the family! He was such a kind smiling man

  11. Dick and Doshie Grey

    Our Sympathy to the Family. Tony considered Larry a good friend and we were sad to hear of his death. It was a long hard fat battle and hopefully he is at peace.

  12. Bruce Tubbs

    I had the honor of working with Larry at Loram. He was easy going, a leader and a friend to all that worked with him.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  13. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    My deepest sympathy to Shelley and family. Prayers

  14. Val & Dave Nelson

    So very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by all who knew him. He always had a smile on his face.

  15. ritaprincko

    My sympathy to Larry's family! Rest in peace!

  16. Paul and Amanda Glaus

    We are so very sorry to hear about Larry's passing. No words can lessen the pain you are feeling at this most difficult time. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Cheryl Spicer

    Shelly, my heart breaks for you and your beautiful girls. I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers.

    My deepest sympathy,
    Cheryl Spicer

  18. Marilyn Koller

    So sorry for your loss and condolences to your family ????????????

  19. Kim Alton

    Deb & Brenda, I'm sending big hugs & prayers. I'm so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to the family.

  20. marge binkowski

    There are not enough words . Sincere condolences. Marge and Tony

  21. Ike & Barbie Eichhorn

    ???????? We are praying God will comfort your broken hearts. We did not know Larry well.
    I wish we would have met him sooner…truly, he was a great and courageous man who died much too young. Our hearts ache for you Shelly in losing your husband and for you Brenda in losing your precious brother. We will continue praying….may your entire family be blessed with comfort in your grief and great joy also as you celebrate the special love and beautiful memories you shared with him during his life. ????????

    Barbie & Ike

  22. Kevin & Julie Lee

    Our condolences to the Hofacker family. Larry was a great guy and his passing will leave a huge hole in the community and is a huge loss for everyone who knew him.

  23. Gary and Ruthann LaFlex

    Larry was a one in a million. He will truly be missed. Every time we see fireworks he will be thought of.

  24. April Unser

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. My deepest condolences to Shelly and the girls.

  25. Susan (Weber) & Clark Collett

    We are sorry for your loss Shelly, and family. I knew Larry as a small boy, a long time ago, babysitting at the Hofackers. Losing a family member so hard and we hope you carry many happy memories of Larry in your hearts to help ease your pain.
    Sue & Clark Collett,

  26. Gina Zurek

    Larry was a wonderful guy always kind. Praying for his family.

  27. Ann (Webb) Bluhm

    My sympathies to the entire Hofacker family. Larry did a tremendous job of fireworks for the Fair. All the Hofacker’s were great neighbors and people.

  28. Brenda Smith

    Very sorry for your loss Shelly, and family. I hope this gets a bit easier for you with time. Very hard time of year for this. Take care of those daughters ❤️

  29. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending our Deepest Sympathies to all the families on the loss of Larry! Another great guy gone too soon! Hugs

  30. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to Larry’s Family. May he rest in peace.

  31. John and Judy Parr

    our blessings with you

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