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Donald Charles Hofheins

12/31/1936 - 09/26/2021

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Obituary For Donald Charles Hofheins

Donald Charles Hofheins, 84, of Sedalia, MO went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Sunday, September 26, 2021, from his home in Sedalia where his family was at his side.

He was born on December 31, 1936 in Kansas City, MO the son of Charles Joseph Hofheins and Lorene Verna (Baker) Hofheins, who preceded him in death.

On December 22, 1957 in Springfield, MO he was united in marriage to Kitty Carolyn Miller, who resides in the home.

Don moved to Sedalia with his parents in 1948 and graduated from Smith Cotton High School in 1954. He graduated from Drury University in Springfield in 1958 with a Bachelor's degree in Music. Don and Kitty lived in Lewellen, NE for a year where he taught choral and orchestral school music. They returned to Sedalia in 1959 where their son, Donnie was born. The family then moved to Chillicothe, MO where he owned and operated Chillicothe Business Equipment Company for 24 years. He was bi-vocational Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe for 20 years where he was ordained as a Deacon. In 1984 Don and Kitty moved back to Sedalia where he owned and operated Sedalia Typewriter and Computer Company until retirement. He was Interim Choir Director at the First Baptist Church of Sedalia for five years and a deacon there for many years. Don loved the Lord, Jesus Christ, and he loved serving people in many ways with many kindnesses. While in Chillicothe he served as President of the Kiwanis Club, and in Sedalia as President of the Rotary Club.

Don enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially on vacations with his son and grandchildren. He was an Eagle Scout, a private airplane pilot and an avid motorcyclist and loved his hunting dogs. Don loved to sing and play the saxophone. He participated in barber shop singing and community theater. His first paying job was at 8 years of age as a choirboy at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City. As a teenager and young adult he was on call as a stand-in and session sax player working with many world class artists. He played in the Sedalia Symphony and Park Band when in High School and was currently a board member and sax player for the Park Band. He continued to play professionally as a member of several bands including lately in 2 big band jazz groups in Kansas City. Don loved singing in the choir and playing the saxophone in the music ministry of the First Baptist Church locally. He played his horn touring Israel with the Camp Kirkland Mission organization and with a First Baptist Church of Sedalia team mission in Ukraine. He led vocal music for Bold Mission Taiwan-Missouri Southern Baptists in 1983.

Don’s great joy was to be with his family on every occasion possible. Even when he was very ill, cell phone texts and pictures of his grandchildren and great grandchildren made him smile.

In addition to his wife of 63 years he is survived by a son, Donald Charles Hofheins II (Cindy) of Rolla, MO; five grandchildren, Alexander, John, Samuel, Grace, and Seth; two great granddaughters, Charlotte and Savannah; two brothers, David Hofheins (Kathy) of Moses Lake, WA, and Waymon Hofheins (Donna) of Kansas City, MO.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021 at First Baptist Church, Sedalia, with Pastor Jeremiah Greever officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Honorary bearers will be Deacons and Woman's Bible Study of the First Baptist Church of Sedalia, Dean Homan, and Tom White.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Prison Ministry of Mid-America (cpmm-a.org) or First Baptist Church, Sedalia.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rea Funeral Chapel.

Services

9

Oct

Visitation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

First Baptist Church
200 East 6th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301

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9

Oct

Memorial Service

11:00 AM

First Baptist Church
200 East 6th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301

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  • While I didn't know him well, I enjoyed his musical ability and sense of humor that I saw while I was a member of the Sedalia Community Band. I can only imagine what a blessing he was to those who knew him well. My sincerest condolences to your family.

  • So very sorry to hear of Don's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • So sorry for your loss Kitty. Don was an amazing saxophone player. I was lucky to be able to play with him in the Sedalia Concert Band! He will be missed by a lot of people! Hugs to you and your family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Don and Kenda Maples

  • Kitty, What a sweet, loving man the Lord gave you with whom you shared life. Never will I forget the time Don brought his quartet to my home to sing to me on Valentine's Day when he knew my heart was hurting. That same year you brought me a Christmas tree completely decorated which I still display in my home during the holidays. You and Don are two of the most caring people I have ever known. The love of Christ beams in your faces. I know you will miss him so. Cherish his memory. God bless and keep you, Sweet Kitty. Thanks for the great memories. Carol Cramer

  • Don was an amazing man, musician, and friend. I had the privilege of sitting next to him in many big band performances. I will forever remember his musical skill, kindness, humility, and wisdom.

  • Don was such an amazing man and friend. He was always quick to help anyone. I loved Sundays in church when he was playing the sax. He was so talented. Praying for comfort for those he leaves behind.

  • Mr. Don was the grandfather I never had. He taught me how to fish. He helped me become the man I am today. One memory that has stuck with me all these years is one time when we were out on the dock fishing in the lake one of us, I couldn't tell you who, got a hook stuck in a tree along the bank. Instead of cutting the line Mr. Don got the John boat out and went to go retrieve the hook. While trying to get the hook out of the tree he managed to flip the boat over tumbling into the water. And me only being 9 or 10 years old couldn't do anything but watch. He managed to get the boat flipped back over and decided to cut the line instead.

  • Dear Kitty, My most sincere condolences and prayers for you and your family. May your treasure of memories bring you peace and comfort. Most sincerely, Trisch Domingue (Boroojerdi-Alavi)

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