Virgil Hoftiezer, PhD.
June 4, 1941 – December 24, 2019
Virgil was born in a farmhouse in Hamlin County, SD to Lucy Mae (Beman) and Herbert Hoftiezer, the middle son of three boys. He grew up in Castlewood & Henry, South Dakota, living a rural farm life. Virgil graduated from Northern State Teachers College in 1963 with a BS in secondary education (Math and Biology), and began teaching middle and high school. He continued teaching for his entire career, sharing his passion for education, learning and knowledge. He and Janice Kay (Buehler) were married December 27, 1963. After his PhD and post-doc in Anatomy and Cell Biology at University of Minnesota– and four children, Jan and Virg settled in Indiana for his tenured career with Indiana University School of Medicine, Northwest Campus. One of his proudest professional accomplishments was being bestowed the outstanding instructor statewide of the year, chosen by medical students. His sabbatical took the entire family to Uppsala, Sweden for an adventurous and defining year. Virgil retired in 2005 as Professor and Associate Director of the Northwest Center.
Virgil had as much or more passion for his charitable and leisure pursuits. He was a master gardener and craftsman, humorist, avid reader, ferocious cross-stitcher and a breeder of finches in a Mendelian approach and study. If you knew him even casually, you knew he loved genealogy and shared this love and discovery. Virgil authored the book, A Life After Quantrill: Kate King, A Biography about one of his infamous relatives and was writing about Thomas W. Hardwick, another infamous relative, at the time of his death. He also was passionate about his work and service with Indiana Family Health Council and Planned Parenthood of Northwest Indiana, serving as the board president. He and Jan traveled extensively, and visited all seven continents.
Jan and Virg very consciously retired to Kendal at Granville, Ohio as active members and strong proponents of the community and Lifelong Learning Institute of Central Ohio as well as the Licking County Genealogical Society. He brought and shared his passions, service, energy, and “Virgil humor” to central Ohio.
Virgil adored his family and relished the Morfar/Farfar role (adopting Sweden as a homeland and loving the defined title even if it was confusing at times). He was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren, always wanting to hear and learn what they were doing.
Virgil will be mourned by his wife, Janice; his four children: Cynthia (Steve Karlin), AmyMarie Riley (John), Scott (Mary) and Tim (Donna); his five grandchildren: Taylor, Trevor and Makenna Hoftiezer, Hannah and Claire Karlin, and his brother Vyron Hoftiezer, sisters and brothers in law, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family as well as dear friends. His vote for anyone but Trump will be unfortunately missed come November. Gifts in his memory may be made to Kendal at Granville Caring Friends Fund (2158 Columbus Road, Granville OH 43023) or Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky or Ohio. A Celebration of Life will take place January 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the Amelia Room at Kendal at Granville, Ohio. Please visit www.OhioCremation.org to leave the family an online condolence.