James "Jim" Hoffschneider
James ďJimĒ Henry Hoffschneider, age 76, of Ainsworth, NE, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Kearney, NE. He was born September 7, 1941, at York General Hospital to Clarence F. and Eleanora Ann (Scholz) Hoffschneider. He grew to manhood on the family farm near the Big Blue River in southern York County. Some of his free time was spent hunting, fishing, and camping near the river.
He received his elementary education at St. Johnís Lutheran School near Waco and graduated from Waco High School in 1959. From October of 1950 to May of 1960, he was employed by Piper Hatchery and Farm Service in York. He was proud to serve his country in the Nebraska Army National Guard from November 14, 1963 to November 14, 1969. While in basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and Expert Marksman on the rifle range.
From May 1960 to December 1966, he was employed with his father in diversified farming and livestock production. For a short time in 1967, Jim was employed by the Jewel Tea Company, but quickly moved on to Household Finance Corporation of Lincoln, NE, and St. Louis, MO, Small Loan Company Department. Also during this time, he was a Sergeant in the Nebraska Army National Guard based in York. He returned to the farm and was self-employed in swine production while completing his Army commitment.
In early autumn of 1968, Jim met his future wife, Cheryl Hansen, introduced by a family friend. On April 8, 1969, they were married by Pastor Don Ehlers, Cherylís cousin, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Champaign, IL, at a 6:30pm candlelight ceremony. Jimís brother, Dave, and wife Marja Susan were their attendants. After the ceremony, the bridal party enjoyed a festive dinner and celebration at Wheatís Steak House in Champaign/Urbana. In November of 1969, he was recruited by the MoorManís Manufacturing Company of Quincy, IL, as a Sales Representative, and then as a Sales Manager. Jim and Cheryl established their first home in York and then in 1970 moved to his Aunt Wanda Schultzís farm near Waco. It was a busy, happy time, and three children enhanced their lives and enjoyment: Lise Marie, Charles James, and Paul David. During this time, Jim earned his associate degree in Animal Science through Liberty University, Liberty, MO, and through the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.
In the fall of 1973, Jim and Cheryl moved their young family to Sterling, NE, so Jim could serve as District Manager. He was employed there until the family moved to Lincoln in 1977, where they became members of Calvary Lutheran Church; Lise, Chuck and Paul attended Calvary Lutheran School. On October 18, 1981, the family moved to Ainsworth, where Jim was pleased to be employed by the Farmers Rancherís Cooperative of Ainsworth, covering an 18 county area in the heart of the Sandhills region of north central Nebraska. Those 22 years literally flew by for Jim, Cheryl, and their family. He retired from the Cooperative in September, 2003.
Jim had varied interests and loved to read biographies, historical nonfiction, and other related county histories about North Central Nebraska. He also enjoyed genealogy. After his retirement, Jim and Cheryl traveled extensively throughout the United States and enjoyed the unique cultural attractions of each area they visited. Jim especially loved and admired the people and work ethic of the Sandhills, which is indeed special. A favorite activity was an autumn drive through the beautiful Niobrara River Valley in Brown, Rock, and Keya Paha Counties.
ďOnly the rocks live forever,Ē but Jimís heart will always be in the Sandhills and in his beloved York County.
Jim is survived by his wife, Cheryl, of Ainsworth, NE; daughter Lise (Lyndon) Wieseman of Lake Geneva, WI, and their family: Laurelyn and Derek Sandkamp of Minneapolis; Laramie, Lanamarie, Liberty, Lincoln, and LuAnnabelle Wieseman; son Charles (Cassidy) Hoffschneider of Fremont, NE, and their family: Hannah and Carl Coonfield and daughter Arya of Rogers, AR, Morgan, and Evan Hoffschneider; and son Paul (Audra) Hoffschneider of Lincoln, NE, and their children, Ava and Ryan. Jim is also survived by his brother Dave (Sue) Hoffschneider of Thomasboro, IL, and his sister Gretchen (Wes) Wheatley of Bloomington, MN, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He is also survived by long time close friends, Ed and Carol Buresh, of Great Falls, MT. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Eleanor Hoffschneider.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 pm., Friday, November 10, 2017 at St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Waco with the Reverend Mike Neidow officiating. Private family inurnment will follow at a later date. Memorials may be directed to St. Johnís Lutheran Church, St. Johnís Lutheran Cemetery, or to the Ainsworth Public Library.
Condolences may be emailed to Metz Mortuary Messages will be given to the family.