|Birth: ||Nov. 19, 1909|
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 1983|
Santa Clara County
Beloved husband of Ruby, mother of Loretta (Mrs. Alan Marks), Bonita (Mrs. Jon Ades), Ken, Eldon, Russ,
grandmother of Dan and Alana Marks (Loretta and Alan), Kenny Hofeling (Ken and Elizabeth), Aaron and Rebecca Ades (Bonita and Jon), Lisa Hofeling (Eldon and Carol), Amanda and Jennifer Hofeling (Russ and Linda).
Ed had a great sense of humor, and particularly loved puns and the one-liners of Henny Youngman. He grew up on his family's farm near Beatrice, Nebraska, and like many of the kids in his community, he left school after 8th grade to help work on his family's farm. However, his high intelligence and interest in the world continued his education. He was as knowledgeable and well-informed as anyone with advanced education and spoke knowledgeably on many subjects. Blessed with common sense, great mechanical skill, and a continuing interest in education, he excelled at everything he put his mind and hands to. He particularly taught his kids all about home and car repairs, construction, engineering, plumbing, electrical work, gardening, and maintenance.
Ed and his wife Ruby Mae (nee Speers) met and married in Nebraska, then moved to California following World War II, where Ed got a job maintaining airplanes for United Airlines. They bought a home in South San Francisco. Later, they moved to their home they bought in Redwood City, at the edge of Woodside Hills, at 1521 Fernside Street on the western edge of Redwood City.
They were great parents to their five kids, Loretta, Ken, Bonita, Eldon, and Russ, and great in-laws to their kids' husbands and wives, and were great grandparents to their grandkids.
One great benefit of working at United was that the family members could travel at no cost but the tax on the tickets. The family enjoyed many wonderful vacations, particularly many trips to Hawaii, which was Ruby's favorite place to go. The airline employees and their families also got steep discounts on hotels and rental cars. Ed and Ruby's tradition was to fly to Hawaii several times a year, always stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki and the Hilo Bay Hotel on the Big Island, and always go see Don Ho at his dinner shows. When Eldon and Russ were in high school, they used to fly to Hawaii after school on Friday, surf all weekend, and fly home for school on Monday. It only cost them $4 tax round-trip. Many of their classmates at Woodside High School assumed they must be rich, especially when they had deep tans from surfing through the winter, but unlike many of their classmates who got new Porsches for their 16th birthdays, in reality Eldon and Russ were taught by their dad to be thrifty with money, to save a lot, and to spend wisely.
Holidays at Ruby and Ed's were always a joy, relaxed and cheerful and carefree. Jokes and laughter filled the air. Every visit to their home was like that. People always were welcomed cheerfully, made to feel at home, joked with and talked with and fed a delicious meal. It was a joy to know them. We cherish our memories of them, and look forward to being with them again in Heaven.
Ruby Mae Speers Hofeling (1911 - 1980)*
Note: In Hofeling Family plot
Skylawn Memorial Park
San Mateo County
Created by: Carol Lynn DuCray
Record added: Feb 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85818876