Rodney Allen Hofbauer, 52, of Rochester died on August 7, 2018 at his home after a brave battle against cancer. He was born on November 29, 1965 in Rochester to Donald and Sally (Brooks) Hofbauer. He graduated from Mayo High School and joined in the family business, Rochester Fire Extinguisher Company. Rodney was the manager for many years and recently purchased the business. He loved his career and was a very knowledgeable businessman.
On October 3, 1992, Rodney married Jennifer Kampmeier and they were later divorced. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching Western Movies. One of the things Rodney enjoyed most was drinking coffee and spending time with his dogs. He was a devoted fan of the Grateful Dead and traveled around much of the country to see their shows. Rodney also enjoyed watching the Minnesota sports teams, being part of a dart league for several years, and cooking for his family.
Survivors include his two daughters, Janessa (Max) Harrison and Sabrina Hofbauer; and one son, Jerod Hofbauer, all of Rochester; two grandchildren, James and Emma; his siblings, Donald Hofbauer Jr. of Rochester, Stanley (Sue) Hofbauer of Rochester, Robin (Don) McEwen of Austin, Diane (Lee) Kelly of LaCrosse, Tammy Hofbauer of Rochester and Sherry (Rodney) Scharberg of Oronoco. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Monday, August 13, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and also one hour prior to the service at the church.
To leave a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 289-3600
I knew Rodney through work. We did business with him for several years. He was always helpful, professional and very nice to work with. My deepest sympathy to his family and co-workers. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with you.
Colette, Meadow Lakes Sr Living
Sometimes we are intertwined with families we know by friends (Rodney, Lee and the rest) business (30 years with Rochester Fire Estinguisher) and Church (St. Francis). The mix is not always current, but always there, our sincerest condolences to the family for your recent losses.........
Our condolences to the Hofbauer family. Both of us have known the family for years growing up. So sorry for your loss! Roger and Lorie (Nelson) Cotten
I was so saddened to hear the news of the loss of such a wonderful man. I haven't seen Rodney in years I knew him when I was young and then reconnected through the Grateful Dead days was grateful to have been at his wedding to Jen. I feel so terribly for everyone that he left behind, for his children and grandchildren and other family and dear friends I am so sorry for your loss. Sad news indeed.
Condolences, from Plainview Area/Nancy Smith Agencies, Plainview
For 3 years, we got engaged, and we filed in to court for our marriage license. Rodney Hofbauer brought joy and sweetness to my life. Although my heart may be broken, because I wasn’t given the opportunity to see his last days. I believe that weeping will not change those things. The truth is, when people love each other, they can never be truly apart. You were taken too soon!!! I still don’t understand why this happen, but I do know that Rodney is now in a wonderful place free from worries and pains, no more suffering and you are no longer feeling weak.
We had love, a genial love that God created. In my wildest imagination, I could never have thought that you would left me. We were happy, and so much in love. I missed you and most of all, I miss the way you made feel like nothing could ever harm me because your love was so strong and real, Good Memories is all that I can remember, the laughter, the grateful dead songs you play for me and late 90s dance that you show to me. You taught me what America culture is; and your voice of you telling that you love me rings balls in my ears every moment I think of you. You were the love that I’ve never had. You left me empty. I am proud to say that you are the greatest man that I ever had and I want you to know that I love you so much and I never stopped loving you. And I filled with sadness and grief. I am not saying good bye, but wishing you eternal life
My condolences and sympathy to Rods family it had been a lot of years since talking with Rod he always had a smile and a good word.My prayers are With you.
We’re so sorry to hear about your loss. We are thinking of you in these difficult times our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I was really sorry to hear of this. I have such fond memories of Rod and your family from the holidays we spent at the Hofbauer house. Prayers for him and gentle blessings on your family.
My brother Rodney was my little brother. The youngest of 7 children.
When my father got cancer last year. Rodney was diagnosed with cancer also. It was a very sad time.
I remember going to my dads one hot summer day. Rod was mowing the yard. He looked tired, hot and overwhelmed with his own worries. I asked him if I could finish mowing. He said " no I can finish this". He never stopped trying. Rod did everything he could for his family. He worked all the time.
Rod and I didnt always see eye to eye. But when he got sick. He said " life is to short to worry about every thing. ~ that's me~
He also told me he ~ loved me~
Something he had never said to me before. If I could turn back time ( by Char)
Every little thing , Is gonna be all right.
( Bob Marley)
I Miss you Rod. Sorry we couldn't have had more time. I love you.
God bless you Janessa, Sabrina and Jarod.
So sorry to hear this! Rodney was always one of the nicest and helpful guys in the neighborhood. He kept an eye out for our mom. What a great guy he was. I hope he has found peace in heaven. There are always special places for men like him up there. My condolences to the entire family.
Jamie (Salsman) Hoffman
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