Mark Gilbert Hofius
July 20, 1956 - June 26, 2012
Mark Gilbert Hofius, 55, of Midland and Drummond Island, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 26, 2012. He was born on July 20, 1956, in Sharon, Pennsylvania, son of Paul and Noreen (Snyderwine) Hofius, eventually settling in Michigan after marrying his wife, Kathy Lynn Staley. Mark graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1974, and then attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry. While completing his undergraduate degree, he was a member of the Track and Cross Country Team at the University of Missouri. He competed in numerous 5 and 10K races and reigned as university and state champion on several occasions. Mark was employed by the university as a teaching assistant while he completed his Master's Degree of Chemistry. Upon graduation from university, Mark moved to Freeport, Texas, when he was employed in the Plastics Department of the Dow Chemical Company. It is there that he met his wife, Kathy. Mark and Kathy realized they had very similar desires in life, including their faith, family, and a love of the outdoors. They married in Traverse City, Michigan in 1987 and settled in Midland, Michigan, to begin their lives together and continue their careers at Dow. Mark held various positions with Dow Chemical through his career and was fortunate to be involved in projects that provided him with the opportunity to travel extensively, domestically and abroad. He was a devoted Dow employee who took pride in the products he developed, as well as the teams he supported and lead. When not working, Mark loved spending time on Drummond Island with his family and friends. Together, he and Kathy built a log home on the shores of Lake Huron, working side-by-side and with family over the course of many years. The Hofius family Drummond Island home is filled with woodworking projects completed by Mark - he was truly a gifted carpenter. He loved getting out on the lake to take his family boating, water skiing, tubing behind the boat, and fishing. He enjoyed playing golf, four-wheeling and just being outdoors. Mark made a point to share that love of the outdoors with his sons just like his father had done with him years before. (He earned the rank of Eagle at age 14.) His passion for running was ever-present, and kept him "pounding the pavement" most mornings. Before passing suddenly, he was on his way out for his morning run. Mark will be sadly missed by his wife Kathy; sons, Sasha and Andrey; parents, Paul and Noreen Hofius; sister, Paula Volk and brother-in-law Lewis; sister, Kathy Clark and brother-in-law Eddie; sister, Lori Raithel and brother-in-law Daryl; sister, Lee Knernschield and brother in-law-Mark; parent-in-laws, Alan and Pat Staley; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law including Tom (Penny) Staley, Chris (Christine) Staley and Jim (Dawn) Staley; nieces and many nephews; and his golden retriever, Jedi! A Funeral Mass was held at Saint Brigid Catholic Church in Midland on Friday. A memorial service will be held at Saint Florence Catholic Church on Friday, July 6, at 1 p.m., followed by internment at the Drummond Island Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to consider donations to a college fund to support Mark's sons. Make checks payable to Kathy Hofius FBO Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are being handled by Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home.
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