Joe Robert Hoffmeister, 76, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at his home in Jackson.

He was born September 30, 1938, in Cape Girardeau, to Joseph H. and Bertha Cuskaden Hoffmeister.  He and Marie Nussbaum were married August 17, 1963, in Gordonville, Missouri.

Joe was a 1957 graduate of Jackson High School.  He honorably served over eight years in the Missouri National Guard 135th Engineer Battallion in Cape Girardeau.

As his wife put it, “Joe lived to farm.”  And farm he did, crops and cattle.  He and Marie resided on and farmed Joe’s family farm north of Jackson, and he also farmed south of Cape.

Loving survivors include his wife of nearly 52 years, Marie of Jackson; a daughter, Martha “Marty” Ahrends of Lincoln, Illinois; two grandchildren, Joseph and Caroline Ahrends of Lincoln; and a nephew, Joe David (Laura) James III of Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Ann James.

Joe’s preference was to be cremated.  In keeping with his wishes, services will be private.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the donor’s choice of church or charity.

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  1. Diane Mangels


  2. David Clary

    I met Mr. Joe through his nephew and want to say how sorry I am for your loss. He was truly one of the nicest people I have ever met. I will miss seeing him and talking to him down on the farm in south Cape.

    Dave Clary

  3. Strack Stone

    Sending prayers to your family during this difficult time. If you need anything or help with anything please do not hesitate to call.

    JW Strack and Employees Strack Stone Co.

  4. AMEREN Substation Dept.

    We grew to be good friends with Mr. Hoffmeister from our adjoining properties south of
    Cape Girardeau. He was always a good neighbor and always had a cold drink for us in the
    summer or coffee in the winter. And although he did not have to, he often mowed in front of
    our substations for us. He was always quick with a smile and a joke. He will be sorely missed
    by us. Peace be to you and your family Mr. Hoffmeister.


    Ameren Substation Dept. and I.B.E.W. Local 702 members

  5. Shirley Nussbaum Medlock

    Marie I am sorry for your loss, you have my deepest sympathy.

  6. Joan Herrmann Seabaugh

    Marie, I just now read of Joe’s passing and from my family to yours I extend our deepest sympathies. On our yearly visits to Cape one of the highlights was ‘seeing Joe’. The conversations our son, Jeff, had with Joe reminded Jeff so much of his Grandpa Herrmann. He thought those two were so alike and he has such respect for them. We have indeed lost a wonderful person.

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