In Memoriam: Ed Hofacker


In Memoriam: Ed Hofacker

Edward (Ed) James Hofacker, 64, of Eau Claire died on Friday, March 3, 2023, at home after a 14-year journey with cancer. Ed was a humble, kind man who put family and community over self. He was stoic and strong. His oncologist called Ed the strongest person he had ever met.

Edward was born on July 4, 1958, in Ladysmith, WI He graduated from Ladysmith-Hawkins High School in 1976. Ed attended Chippewa Valley Technical College and graduated with an associate degree in civil structural engineering in 1978.

Ed’s work journey started at Davy Engineering in La Crosse. He then worked for the City of South St. Paul before relocating to Eau Claire and beginning a long career in the road and street construction industry. Ed was a construction supervisor with the City of Eau Claire and later a plant manager for Fehr Concrete. He spent more than 20 years with County Materials as a sales representative. It was during Ed’s tenure with County Materials that he served as a board member for NWR Builders Exchange in the early 90’s.  In 2012, Ed and Cindy founded Hofacker Construction Services, Inc., supplying road and site construction materials to area contractors.

Ed is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Cindy) along with their three children, Marc (Chelsea Wells), Kristen, and Steven (Andrea DeMars). Papa Ed so loved his 5 grandchildren.

Ed has been a member of the Wisconsin Concrete Pipe Association, Transportation Builders of America, Northwest Regional Builders Exchange, St. James Building Committee, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a communion minister for St. James the Greater.

The family will welcome guests at the Hulke Family Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Thursday, March 9, 2023 from 5-8 p.m.. Visitation will continue on Friday, March, 10, 2023 at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. A funeral Mass will be held at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 2502 11th St, Eau Claire at 12 p.m. (noon) on Friday, March 10, 2023. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date.

Donations can be directed to the Regis High School Building fund, Regis Booster Club, Ladysmith High School Education Enhancement Fund (LEEF), or a charity of choice. Ed enjoyed the Eau Claire Farmer’s Market but rarely could find a bench in the shade. The family plans to place a bench in his honor so he can continue to listen to the music.