LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Bruce Hofeldt 78, died July 5, at his home in Las Vegas, Nev., following a brief illness.
Bruce was born on Oct. 31, 1939, in Rock Springs, to Emma Louise Kinneburgh Hofeldt and Harold Hofeldt. He was the firstborn and only son in a family of six children.
Bruce grew up in Wyoming, first in Green River, then moved with his family to Lyman as a teenager. He was a member of the LDS church. In his youth, Bruce loved sports and was great at high school basketball. He began his service in the US Army in 1958, where he received his GED and military training. Bruce served in Tennessee and France, earning his Driver's Badge. After the service, Bruce moved to California where he worked in construction with his brother-in-law Grant Hofer. There, he learned to be a carpenter and developed a love of the sunshine and warm weather.
In 1966, Bruce and Dixie Birch got all dressed up and drove to Evanston for a wedding ceremony at the courthouse. It was closed that day, so they changed clothes – into moccasins and Levi's to go rabbit hunting instead. They stopped for goodies at a grocery store, and the clerk told them how to get to the house of the Justice of the Peace. They drove to his house and were married that afternoon in their hunting clothes.
Together they enjoyed spending time fishing, shooting pool, betting on horses and getting together with friends. Dixie and Bruce were married for seven years, and still remained friends up until the time of his death.
In 1971, they had a daughter Christine, or Pooh, as her daddy affectionately called her. She arrived here with Bruce's spunk and increased volume and goofy, fun nature. Christine was always a bright spot in Bruce's life. He was very proud of her and her family and the mother and wife that she is.
Bruce loved the singer Brenda Lee, and was usually singing or whistling along, with a Devil-may-care attitude, cute grin, and an expression that made you wonder what mischief he was planning. His laugh made us laugh – whether what he said was funny or not. He had a charismatic personality and many close friends including Ted and Marie Ellingford, who he leaned on for love and support.
Bruce was always a good son. He held a special love for his mother, Emma, whom he referred to as 'Momma.’ He helped take care of his father, Harold, through the last years of his life and Alzheimer's disease, and worked on the ranch during that transition.
In 1997, Bruce walked into Debbie's hair salon in Las Vegas and asked across the room in his loud voice if anyone there “cut good hair.” She got to know him and eventually introduced him to her mother Deanna. They were married in Las Vegas, Nev.; in 1998, and were still together at the time of his death.
After they were married, Bruce and Deanna first moved to Lyman where he tried his hand at ranching. His family fell in love with Deanna and her warmth and spirit of fun. Later they lived in Fillmore, Utah, and then moved back to Las Vegas.
Together they were two gypsies who had a lot of fun and adventures and a good life together. For the last several years of his life, Bruce tenderly cared for Deanna as her health declined due to Parkinson's disease.
Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Harold Hofeldt; his mother, Emma Hofeldt; sisters, Beverly Fackrell and Bonnie Theurer; brother-in-laws, Del Theurer and Jim Kragovich; a niece, Trudi Jo Fackrell; and a nephew, Terry Ted (Sharon) Fackrell.
Bruce is survived by his wife ,Deanna of Las Vegas, Nev.; his daughter, Christine (Darren) Grant and grandson Dylan of Billings, Mont.; stepdaughters: Debra (Robert) Ritchey and Donna (Johnny) Labate, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Tiffany (Mark) Hooper of Canola Park, Calif.; stepson, Wally (Jane) Baum of Canola Park, Calif.; 12 step-grandkids, 10 step-great-grandkids, sisters: Barbara Kragovich of Evanston, Bobbie (Kenny) Fackrell of Mountain View and Brenda Waters of Cheyney, Wash.; brother-in-law, Ted Fackrell of Evanston and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service and interment was held at The Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev.