Kenneth Dennis Hoffert, age 67, of Billings, Montana, passed away June 19th, 2020 at Billings Clinic Hospital after a six-month fight with heart failure.
Known to his friends as Ken, he was born October 11,1952, just after his parents Alex and Caroline Hoffert and eldest brother David moved from North Dakota to Billings Montana. He looked up to his brother and happily became an older brother himself to brother Ron and “favorite sister” Cindy. He attended Little Flower School, Holy Rosary School, Lewis and Clark Middle School and graduated from West High in 1970. He had wonderful penmanship, a passion for linguistics, and skills in metal shop. All through high school he worked at Albertson’s where he met his wife Shirley Reese. He attended Eastern Montana College and also attended college in California, where he lived with his Uncle Walt and family in Sacramento. He also lived a short time in Pollock Pines, California. This mountainous part of Sierra Nevada reminded him of Montana and snow skiing.
Ken returned to Montana and married Shirley in 1976 and became a father to Sarah Jayne, Phillip Jude, and Leah Joelle. Although his marriage to Shirley ended, his love for his children and later his grandson Levi Jude continued. He was a proud father and wanted to guide his children in life and lead them in the ways of the Lord. Ken had many jobs and for the past 30 years he was a travelling salesman for Colonial Research Company. He loved to help his clients and looked forward to weekly and monthly visits with his regulars. He worked until the very end and he will certainly be missed by his clients and associates. Less than a week before his passing Ken spoke about his wish to return to work. “I like my customers,” he said.
If you knew Ken, you are aware he took three things very seriously, his Faith, the fact that there is only one candy flavor and it is cinnamon, and an unshakable conviction that teas must always be sweetened. His hobbies included country western dancing, waterskiing, watching Westerns and classic movies, kayaking, collecting metal toys and robots, antique shopping, and playing board games with family. He was very adept at billiards – one year he even won the Big Sky State Games – and he loved to read. His favorite place was his Koi pond where he would spend hours feeding the fish and enjoying the ambiance. The pond was also his place of torment, as he scorned the ducks. Ken was a poet and a lover of sunshine’s warmth. He was patient, calm and sedulous, taking great care with his home, his vehicles and his toy collection. He was never at a loss for a joke to tell or a one-liner to start a conversation. He was friendly and enjoyed companionship. He enjoyed a wide range of music and attending concerts. He frequented Alive After Five events in downtown Billings, where he could be found spinning his partners around the dance floor on summer evenings.
Ken would do anything for others and never backed out of an offer to help. He loved his grandson Levi and tried his darndest to understand that kids these days play video games and not dig for worms like he did as a child. He always wanted to get him outside for Papa and Levi adventures and their bond over robots will live forever.
Ken liked to travel and thoroughly enjoyed nature. Learning new things about people and places had become a new passion for him.
Ken is preceded in death by his younger brother Ron Hoffert, father Alex Hoffert, both sets of grandparents, and many extended family members. He is survived by his mother Caroline Sigl Hoffert, brother David Hoffert, sister Cindy Eggert (Jeff, Chandra, Tanya, Amanda) and children Sarah Hoffert, Phillip Hoffert, Leah Hoffert and grandson Levi Brady. He is also survived by his many friends and billiards team.
A memorial service will be held at Word of Life Church, 1737 King Avenue West, at 3:00 P.M. July 7, 2020.