Jonathan “Jon” Hofer was born to Barney and Bonnie Hofer in the early morning hours on August 5, 1980 and left this life on November 29, 2020 at the family home in Miles City. Jon attended elementary and junior high in Miles City, graduating in 1999 from Custer County High School where he was involved with FFA and formed many friendships that continued his entire life. Jon was baptized into the Lord on August 24,1980 at Trinity Lutheran Church and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at the First Lutheran Church on May 11, 1997. Matthew (Matt) joined the family in 1982 and the two of them became inseparable throughout their childhood. Then along came Robert, (Rob) when Jon was 16 years old and it was actually Jon who drove Rob and Mom home from the hospital after Rob’s birth. Both big brothers welcomed Rob with open arms despite their age differences. During high school, Jon worked on several ranches in the summer months. More recently he cooked at hunting camps for a couple of seasons and ventured into a feedlot cleaning business for a short period of time. It was with great pride that he began employment with Equipment Management Solutions as general manager, as he had found his niche helping truckers and motorists stranded on the highways and backroads of eastern Montana. Jon became involved with gunsmithing and reloading which fit nicely into his love of the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Nothing gave him more pleasure than hearing about someone’s most recent trophy hunt. He nurtured friendships to many and genuinely cared for them more than he cared for himself. It is said that he had a “heart the size of Montana” and “would do anything for anyone.” His positive, fun-loving outlook and strong-willed personality will be remembered by all who knew him. Small children and pets naturally gravitated toward Jon’s gentle soul.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary and Emil Hofer and Bill Nesbit and Alvina Nesbit Study, and his beloved yellow lab, Ramsey. Jon is survived by his parents of Miles City, Matt of Kinsey and Rob and his significant other, Mariah Schell, both of Billings.
Jon requested to be cremated and his ashes will be scattered along with Ramsey’s ashes at a later date; however, Jon very specifically requested a “small smidgen” of his ashes be added to a reloaded rifle round and a friend or family member use that round to shoot an elk so that he can go on “one last elk hunt.”
Memorials may be made to Custer County Fund for Animals or to the charity of ones choice in Jon’s name. Other outdoor educational opportunities for Montana’s youth are also being explored.
Jon, we love you and will miss your smirky smile, belly laugh, easy conversation and big heart so much. With the grace of God, the hole in our hearts will be filled with our many memories.
An open visitation will be held on Saturday, December 5 at Stevenson’s Funeral Home from 1:00-4:00 pm. The family is requesting that all attending wear a mask in an attempt to curb the spread of this cruel and indiscriminate COVID virus. A video tribute of Jon’s life may be viewed and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.