Date of Death: February 28, 2021

Service Details

Visitation will be held from 11 AM – 12 PM on Saturday, March 6, 2021 with service at noon and a luncheon following. This will take place at Bethany Chapel, 15130 Millard Road, Three Rivers, Michigan 49093 with Pastors Paul Pierucki and Dan Boyce officiating.

Obituary Notice

William Henry Hoeflinger, Jr., age 94, of Three Rivers, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at his home.

William (Bill) was born in Mishawaka, Indiana on February 19, 1927, five minutes prior to his twin, Barbara Jean, to William Henry and Flossie Mae (Voelker) Hoeflinger, Sr.

In 1941, the Hoeflingers moved to Lansing, where Bill graduated from Lansing Eastern in 1945. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Navy just after World War II. The Hoeflingers are proud of his service. Coming home on leave, he discovered his sister, Catherine, had been praying fervently for him to give his life to Christ. She approached him one more time, and while together, Bill prayed to accept Christ as his Savior. He always stated that this was the best decision he ever made in his life, and he gave his life to Christ to minister in any way God asked. After graduating from Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music in 1953, he married his college sweetheart, Naomi Beryl (Case), on June 30, 1953.

During his life, Bill was a jack-of-all trades. His jobs included furniture, glass, tools and die, teaching, and managing. He taught himself plumbing, electrical wiring, painting, framing and woodworking, automobile mechanics and could fix almost anything. In the after hours, you would find Bill leading worship, singing, serving on school and church boards, volunteering with youth and children (his love), playing with his, and all the neighborhood children – even after dark. He made himself available to help where needed – whether car, home, bicycle repair, or just to lend a listening ear. After retirement, for 5 years Bill and Naomi served as Director of Tri-State Bible Camp in Montague, New Jersey.

His real calling in life was music ministry. At every church he attended, he led congregational singing and the choirs while Naomi played the piano for him. This was always a volunteer labor of love for both of them and they enjoyed it immensely. Other activities he enjoyed were reading, completing puzzles (the harder the better), deer hunting, fishing and word puzzles. He always enjoyed a good bonfire! If he could do any of these things with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren…it was all the better! Sledding, ice skating and playing outside were treasured times and it couldn’t be better than when he was doing it with his “pals.”

Anyone who knew Bill could count on his contagious joy, love of life, and love of laughter. His mind was an ongoing joke book, and after a local joke convention, he decided to number his. Yell out any number, and close family and friends will laugh hysterically. He enjoyed creating skits, games, and scavenger hunts but will mostly be remembered for his Doo-lolly Wahoo game, the Enlarging Machine (as Professor Hinklehoff-Humperdink of Hamburg, Germany with his ping pong eyeballs), his smiley face collection and the trademark smiley pin he always wore in his jacket.

So where does one find this kind of joy and happiness? Bill daily read and studied the Bible and followed after God’s own heart. The joy of the Lord filled him so completely that even in the roughest of times, people watching would ask and he always shared that his faith in God was the driving force of his life. A lifetime quote that hung on his study wall was, “Only one life ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” – Charles Studd

Bill’s life verses were, I John 5:11-13 “And this is the testimony that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”

Remaining to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 67 years, Naomi Beryl (Case); his children Roger (Maxine), Ron, Rod (Debbie), SuEllen, and Syndi (Paul) Copeland; his grandchildren Jonathan, Jennifer (Brandon), Jeremy (Kathleen), Tim (Kelli), David (Lindsay), Kristi (Clay), Betsy, Lynnette (Scott), Dan, Kimberly (Santana), Janel (Jake), Ben (Sirena), Austin, Taylor, Aubri, Molly (John), Caleb (Angelina), and Isaac; as well as 24 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his treasured siblings Barbara Bleisch and Richard Hoeflinger; as well as many loving nieces and nephews and cherished friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry Sr. and Flossie Mae; his brother, George; and his sisters, Catherine, Betty, Ruth and Marilyn; and his son-in-law, Greg Hotchkiss.

“Can’t never did anything.”

“If you think I’m kidding, just try me.”

“Leave it better than you found it.”

“Put it away while it’s in your hands.”

“Stay green light, I’m coming through.”

“It won’t be long now. That’s what the monkey said when he backed into the electric fan.”

“WHO left the screwdriver in the sandbox?”

“My sufficiency has been suffonsified.”

— William H. Hoeflinger, Jr.

He loved us well. He led us well.

Additional Information

Memorial donations in his memory may be directed to Tri-State Bible Camp, 2 River Road, Montague, New Jersey 07827. Sympathy gifts may also go to Naomi for her future by contacting Roger Hoeflinger.

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  1. Dear Naomi and family,
    I am sad for your loss, but glad memories make grieving easier, and I know that there are smiles with your tears and joy in your hearts. Our family loved the times that we were home on furlough and could enjoy fellowship at church and fun back at Mom and Dad’s. Although everyone loved Bill, I realize there was so much I didn’t know about him and your rich life of service together. I was touched to read of the intentional living and teaching that made your family what it is. Heaven just gets dearer as we have so many that we love waiting with our Savior for the day when there will be no more goodbyes…..
    With my love and prayers,

  2. Dear Hoeflinger family,
    I’m sorry for your lose, but so happy for heavens gain. Mr Hoeflinger was such an awesome man, he could make a stranger smile. Keep all the good memories close to your hearts and one day we’ll all be there with him and Greg! There will be no more pain and we’ll have thousands of years to rejoice with them.
    Love and prayers,
    Sue Luttrell

  3. So very sorry for your loss. Our dad was very saddened when he heard the news about Bill as he considered him one of his very best friends over the years. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. 🙏🙏🙏

  4. Dear Hoeflinger family,
    Some of my fondest life memories are of being at Flint Christian School and being taught by Bill. The other day I remembered all the times we would rub his bald head and say That’s a hard shine!! He loved it!! And who can forget the smiley face button?? I am sorry for your loss but I know he heard the Savior say Well done good and faithful servant!! You are loved and in my prayers.

    • Mrs. Hoeflinger and family,
      I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, but rejoice that Brother Hoeflinger is now with his Savior. Some of my favorite memories are at the house on Dodge Rd., shooting crows off the corn behind the shop or taking walks down to the creek. Of course I remember the “enlarging machine”! But my most cherished memory of him is Mr. Hoeflinger singing “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” Praise God for faithful servants like this to shine the light of Christ along the path for those of us who follow!

    • Dear Hoeflinger family,

      What a man Bill was! A Godly man with a great sense of humor, and a man that loved people and invested time in their lives. We are saddened by your loss, but rejoice in the knowledge that we will see him again in heaven! We are sorry that we will not be able to attend the funeral, but are praying for each of you. Joel & Tamoura Stinedurf

  5. Dear Aunt Naomi and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Uncle Bill passing. He was always quite a character and fun to be around. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. I’ve known SuEllen for almost 6 years and I feel like I know her parents. She is a true treasure and after reading about her daddy I am not surprised. God is so good and God is so faithful. I am praying for all of the family during these hard times. God is sufficient! Counting on God, Judy and K.C. Abell

  7. I’m so glad I got meet Mr. H he was a very sweet and contagious man. What a beautiful legacy …I’m am so sorry to the whole family. I tell ya it is very rare to have such a Godly man lead the way he led your family. You are so very blessed to have such gift as him. Hugs to the family…The Nagles, San Antonio, Texas

  8. I remember Mr. Hoeflinger teaching me and Rod how to use a wood lathe. Before we started he prayed for our safety. I also remember how much fun we had every time he was leading the youth group. A lot of very good memories.

  9. My dear Hoeflinger family,
    I am thrilled to read that Bill‘s favorite passage was I John 5:11-13. It is mine as well! How precious that we can KNOW that we have eternal life and now dear Bill’s faith is sight! My heart is sad and my tears flow because of the separation you are ensuing for a time until we’re all safely home with Jesus. But my tears are also glad that he is with Jesus, his Savior Whom he loved and served so well. I praise God for his hard-working, joyful, outlook on life and for all that he has built into his family. You are dearly loved and prayed over. Naomi, may the Lord draw you very near as He cares for you in the days ahead.

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