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This memorial website was created in loving memory of James "Jim" Henry Hoefker. Jim was born in Fort Thomas, KY July 6, 1956, and passed away unexpectedly May 10, 2017 at the age of 60 in Bakers City, OR. 

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at the Devou Park Overlook in Covington (right next to Drees Pavillion), KY on Tuesday, May 16 from 11-11:30AM. Afterwards, we'll head to the Clubhouse at Chardonnay Condominums (at the top of Chardonnay Drive in Cold Spring, KY) for lunch and refreshments from 12-2PM.  Please join us as we share memories and stories about Jim.

In honor of his life, please join us by sharing memories, photos, and stories of his life on this website, so we may share in his memories together. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to either the SPCA (https://www.spcacincinnati.org/) or the National Park Service (https://www.nps.gov/index.htm)
 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Regina Hoefker.  Jim was the loving father of Lauren and Megan Hoefker, and longtime friend of his ex-wife, Kimberlee Hoefker, and beloved grandfather to Kinsley Herche.

His professional career was devoted to the jewelry industry. Some of Jim’s passions were: spending time with his family, actively supporting local businesses, IPAs and bourbon, live music, politics, history, movies, and reading, etc. Jim was charismatic, kind, and above all, fun. 

Although for the past few years, Dad has lived in Birmingham, AL and Vanouver, WA, he still made it a point to visit his family. He drove home at least once a month while in Birmingham, a 500 mile drive, and during his short time in Vancouver, he also drove home, which is a 2,400 mile drive...in December. Parts of the highway were shut down due to massive snowstorms. But before driving 2,400 miles home to KY he drove to visit Megan and Brandon in San Diego...another 1,100 miles. To say the man loved his family is an understatement.

While home visiting, Dad would make his first stop at the local grocery store, buying out their stock of goetta followed by a stop at the library to rent 10 movies for a 5 day stay. He was always introducing Lauren, Megan, and Kim to new movies. It was the tradition when Dad was visiting-buy at least 2 boxes of milkduds, juji fruits, popcorn, and prepare for a night of movie watching.

Dad was a music lover. He and Kim attended numerous concerts together and always had a blast. Jim, Megan, and Brandon also frequented many music festivals and shows.  

During 2015, Dad drove Megan to California once and home from California twice. During these trips they often stopped at multiple national parks. Dad had a real love and respect for the National Park Service, escpeically Yellowstone National Park. 

Dad was professional bull shitter. He loved to talk to people about anything and everything, especially current events and politics. He loved poking the bear in coversations with friends and strangers. 

There are no words to describe how much we will miss Dad. The memories he created with his family and friends will help us during this difficult time. He will be remembered always for the joy and laughter he brought upon everyone he met.

May 10, 2023
May 10, 2023
Jim , 6 years wow, glad you did Desert Trip wth Megan, Heck we would not have met, had we not by chance met there
May 11, 2021
May 11, 2021
Jim, I will forever miss you and your laugh and cute smile, our fun times we spent together with our daughters and granddaughter, all the family time parties with my siblings and their spouses and kids... playing our competitive board games! Wonderful memories. I hold onto to the hope that we will all see each other again my friend. Love you always Kim.
May 10, 2020
May 10, 2020
 Jim , Your life has not been forgotten, I spoke with Megan the other day, she is just fine. We all miss ya Jimbo , see ya on the other side........                            God D-mn Right !!
December 29, 2019
December 29, 2019
Jim I miss you so very much! You were the best father and my best friend. I hope you are at peace my friend. Love you always.
Kim
May 14, 2019
May 14, 2019
Jim,
You are never forgotten! Your kind spirit and that funny personality will always be remembered by our little Ashi salesman group! We are preparing for the Vegas show and you will Be remembered in Vegas! I can still you and Jerrod Getting out of the cab in front of us! You were the show wife holding the badges for Jarrod! We all laughed as we headed in for a long day of hard work!
RIP My dear friend!
May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017
I met Jim when we were 12yrs old.He was my best friend.We loved playing ball,especially baseball.Jim had an amazing arm-he could throw 300ft and had a wicked fastball.We ran around together all the time until we became adults and our paths crossed less frequently. I always wanted to get together again,but unfortunately this did happen.I will miss him,Jim was my friend.Mark Robke
May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017
Cousin Jim, I knew you from the family picnics and the store across from Uncle Larry's. I want to express my family's wish for sympathy to Jim, his family and friends.
May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017
My Dear Friend Jim, I worked with Jim at The Stuckey Company for many years and Jim was a great friend of mine. We talked about business and traveling over the phone every week for about 15 yrs. He loved to talk about his family. We spent many hours together in Atlanta, Houston and Vegas at all the jewelry shows. I remember one night in Vegas we were going to see Earth Wind and Fire and when we got to the show they were not playing until the next day and he was so disappointed because we were leaving the next day. The memories of working together at Stuckey will be with me forever!!!!!!!!! What a great guy. My thoughts are with his family. Your Friend ,Ted Gaskins
May 15, 2017
May 15, 2017
Jim will be missed by both his girls, and the people he met along his life. My wife & i only met Jim once , at a concert in Palm Springs Ca.   ( the concert of a lifetime ) he was thrilled to be there with his daughter Megan & Branden , with just spending three days with Jim we felt like we made a friend for life. So sad his life ended .. Our hearts are heavy with sadness for all those whom he left behind , yet so honoured we had the opportunity to meet him ! G-d Damn Right !!!
May 15, 2017
May 15, 2017
Jim was a great guy, and a great uncle. He will be deeply missed. Your family will be in our prayers. Our family has made a donation to the SPCA in his honor.
May 13, 2017
May 13, 2017
Through life, you meet a lot of people. Jim Henry Hoefkler was someone who I will forever cherish memories in meeting and our association. We first met at the Atlanta Jewelry show and from this meeting forward, my gut feeling was Jim was someone I hoped to have a long association. Unfortunity, it ended way to short for me and many others as well. I will always remember his positive attitude, super intelligence, wicked funny humor and ability to adapt under any sitiuation. Those of our close jewelry circle will understand the adapt part. He dearly loved his family and I know their memories will help them through this difficult time.
My wife and I offer our utmost condolences.

Sincerely,

Bob Spragins
May 13, 2017
May 13, 2017
I worked with Jim at Ashi. We had such a great group of friends! We always tried to help each other. We always laughed and Jim was the quiet one of our group but he always had something funny to Add at the right time. Jerrod and he were like brothers. Never saw one and didn't see the other close.
I will cherish my friendship with Jim. I'm sad that he has left us early for us but I'm God's timing I'm sure. Prayers for comfort for his family! Prayers will continue for you all! We will continue to tell our stories about him at the shows and keep his memory alive. Jim was a kind man!
May 13, 2017
May 13, 2017
We had the pleasure of Jim being our sales rep for a few companies, the biggest being Pandora. Jim was a talker, always full of great information. Other than talking business, he shared his love of his daughters and his granddaughter with us. He was very proud of you both and was beaming when he told us of his new granddaughter. He was a great man. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Gone to soon... Family of Gross Diamond Company Louisville, KY

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May 10, 2023
May 10, 2023
Jim , 6 years wow, glad you did Desert Trip wth Megan, Heck we would not have met, had we not by chance met there
May 11, 2021
May 11, 2021
Jim, I will forever miss you and your laugh and cute smile, our fun times we spent together with our daughters and granddaughter, all the family time parties with my siblings and their spouses and kids... playing our competitive board games! Wonderful memories. I hold onto to the hope that we will all see each other again my friend. Love you always Kim.
May 10, 2020
May 10, 2020
 Jim , Your life has not been forgotten, I spoke with Megan the other day, she is just fine. We all miss ya Jimbo , see ya on the other side........                            God D-mn Right !!
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