Richard S. Hoffer, 64, Bethlehem Steel foreman

July 31, 2002

Richard S. Hoffer, 64, Bethlehem Steel foreman

Richard Stephen Hoffer, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. foreman, died of colon cancer Saturday at his home in Edgemere. He was 64 and had previously lived in Edgewood.

He retired last year after 41 years at the Sparrows Point plant, where he was a general foreman in the blast furnace division.

Born in Bethlehem, Pa., he earned a degree in mining engineering from Lehigh University. As a young man, he served in the Marine Corps.

He coached baseball for the Harford County recreation department and was a member of the Edgewood High School Boosters Club. He also played golf.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at McComas Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon.

Mr. Hoffer is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Lois Grayshan; four sons, R. Stephen Hoffer Jr. of Columbus, Ga., Geoffrey A. Hoffer of Cambridge, N.Y., Timothy J. Hoffer of Round Hill, Va., and Michael B. Hoffer of Denver; his mother, Julia Elizabeth Baracskay Hoffer, and a sister, Jeanne F. Schoenberger, both of Allentown, Pa.; and six grandchildren. A son, Matthew Paul Hoffer, died in 1989.

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