George E. Hofstetter Jr., 77, Navy electrician's mate

July 25, 2005

George Elmer Hofstetter Jr., a noncommissioned Navy officer whose career spanned more than 20 years, died of congestive heart failure July 16 at Continuum Care, a nursing home in Sykesville. The Highlandtown resident was 77.

Mr. Hofstetter was born in Baltimore and raised on Frankford Avenue. He was a 1946 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, and he enlisted in the Navy in 1949.

A chief electrician's mate, Mr. Hofstetter saw extensive sea duty before being discharged in 1972.

"He amused and delighted his family at every homecoming with stories and with trinkets from the people and cultures of the many lands he visited," said his niece Alice J. Moore of Baltimore. "He loved the Navy with all his heart."

After leaving the Navy, he worked a number of odd jobs with several construction and home-improvement companies.

He was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and enjoyed working on his car and doing home-improvement projects at his North Grundy Street residence.

At his request, no services are planned.

Mr. Hofstetter is also survived by a sister, Mary Esther Lawrence of Vancouver, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

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