Harvey Hofschulte, age 74, passed away on Feb. 27, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital surrounded by his family. Harvey was born in Plainview to Pete and Edith (Herrick) Hofschulte. He was raised in Plainview and graduated from Plainview High School in 1962. He married Cheryl (Stevens) Keller on Oct. 5, 1963. Together, they had four children: one son and three daughters, and later divorced. He spent the last 30+ years with his significant other, Mary Deming, and together they had one daughter.
Harvey, known as the “Pump Man,” started his own well and pump service business, Hofschulte Pump Service in 1974, buying his first pump truck from Clare Wempner who taught him the trade. He retired in 2008 after 34 years in business and sold his business to his nephew, Robert Hofschulte, who learned the trade from him.
In retirement, Harvey could be found spending time with his family or his friends, making them laugh. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities, family dinners at Famous Dave’s, and the occasional trip to a casino. He looked forward to and enjoyed his daily visits to the Out of Bounds, playing cards and story-telling, and referred to this time with friends as “group therapy.”
Harvey is survived by his significant other, Mary Deming of Elgin; his son, Daren (Tracy) Hofschulte of Elgin; his daughters, Brenda (Brian) Shamblin of Rochester, Kim Hofschulte of Rochester, Tauni (Brad) Tuckner of Rochester, Nichole Hofschulte of Elgin and Carly (Eric Odden) Palmer; his 12 grandchildren, Shawn Hofschulte, Corey and Tanner Hofschulte, Brady, Ty and Logan Tuckner, Brock, Derek and Jake Shamblin, Hannah (Luke) Carter, Kaelyn Palmer and Jayden Underwood; his two great-grandchildren, Mason and Lidia Hofschulte; his five siblings, Vivian Cranston of Plainview, Bernetta (Harlan) Smith of Albert Lea, Sylvia Green of Plainview, Diane (Curt) Larson of Rochester, and Kevin (Mary) Hofschulte of Plainview; and his many nieces and nephews. Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Edith Hofschulte.
Harvey’s family would like to thank the care team on Mary Brigh 6B ICU and the Domitilla Med 3 team for their amazing support and care, not only for Harvey, but for his family as well.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, Saturday, March 2, at The Eagle’s Nest (Golf Course) in Plainview. Following the gathering, family will continue the celebration at the Out of Bounds in Elgin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred.
Schad and Zabel Funeral Homes.