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Michael D. Hofmeister, 42, of Midland, passed away peacefully at Mid-Michigan Medical Center April 13, 2019. He was born on June 4, 1976 to David Hofmeister and Patricia Balzer. He married Amy Swanson on May 6, 2000 and was a loving husband for 19 years. Michael worked as a chemical engineer for Dow Chemical for many years.

Michael served his country as a US Army Captain in the 101st Airborne. He was also an avid fisherman and loved to sail. Michael loved to camp and was also very active in Scouting. The most important thing in his entire life and what he always put first was his family.

Michael is survived by his spouse Amy Hofmeister (Swanson), son Josh and daughters Ashley and Lindsay. He is also survived by his parents David and Patricia Hofmeister; grandparents, Barbara Hofmeister, Mel and Fran Balzer; sisters Karen (Mel) Habte, Amy (Doug) Tietz; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Father Kevin Maksym officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home from 4-7pm and at the church from 1:00 pm until the time of service. Burial will take place at Midland City Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the family and his children in his memory.




Condolence Messages

  1. Chester & Josephine Cizio

    14 December 2020 8 months ago

    Our dear neighbor Michael. He have brought us great memories as our neighbor in Plymouth Minnesota. Such a blessed child. He reminded us so much of his Dad. Josephine and I remember when we celebrated New Years day 1988. He was such a happy child. Our condolences go out to his wife Amy and his beloved children.

  2. Joe Faust

    28 April 2019 2 years ago

    Amy, so sorry for your loss. Mike was a man that no matter how many years it had been since we last saw each other he’d have a smile, and reunite over past experiences. Like the time I almost beat him on the two mile run. Then again once he figured out it was me behind him there was no way I was passing him.

  3. Mitchell Kelloff

    28 April 2019 2 years ago

    I was very sorry to hear about Mike. Iwas his Professor of Military Science at MTU and he was one of the first cadets I met and worked with closely. He was a good person and a fine officer and I am sure he was an even better husband and father.

  4. Adam Kessler

    28 April 2019 2 years ago

    My condolences to your family. Mike was a great guy. I was in ROTC with him and he was always great to be around. My prayers are with you.

  5. Carole Bedore

    22 April 2019 2 years ago

    David- was so sorry to hear of your sons death. My thoughts and prayers to you and all of your family.

  6. Jill Baker

    20 April 2019 2 years ago

    So sorry to see this news. Mike was such a kind and thoughtful person. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  7. Brian and Bernadette Harkness

    20 April 2019 2 years ago

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Mike was a wonderful Scout leader and we are so grateful for his leadership of our boys. Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time.

  8. Kimberly (Horstman)Keith

    18 April 2019 2 years ago

    My memories of Mike are more of a brother sister friendship. We were always stuck next to each other because of our last names and alphabetical order. I exasperated him to no end. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family!

  9. Ileana and Dave Snyder

    18 April 2019 2 years ago

    Amy, Dave, Pat and the rest of your family. We are so saddened to hear about the lost of your beloved brother and son. Our prayers and love are with you. We live far away from you now, but you’re never far from our hearts. We have such fond memories of raising kids together and doing church work together. We pray for your son’s wife and his children. The lost they feel is tremendous. We love you. God’s peace be with you.

  10. Aaron Preuss, Dave Power, Eric Bork

    17 April 2019 2 years ago

    Mike helped shape or lives, high school memories are full cross country, drama, and downhill skiing events, with a few shenanigans on the side. Mike was a dynamo and his energy and work ethic were contagious to those around him. He was a true friend.

  11. Mary Hayes

    17 April 2019 2 years ago

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. My heart goes out to you and your children.

  12. Rebecca & Meghan Behrens

    17 April 2019 2 years ago

    Our condolences to Amy, Josh, Ashley, & Lindsey. Our thoughts and prayers for Mike’s safe journey to the loving embrace of our Lord and all those in the Holy kingdom. May he find rest in his eternal life. God’s blessings on all of you during this difficult time.

  13. Bob and Sally Hobson

    16 April 2019 2 years ago

    Our Christian sympathies to Dave,Pat and their families on the passing of Michael. May God be with you.

  14. Jenni & Tate Clerc

    16 April 2019 2 years ago

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We are praying for you!

  15. Michael Adlam

    16 April 2019 2 years ago

    Dave and Patti so very sorry for your loss, prayers to you and your family, he is in a better place

  16. Candi Miehlke

    16 April 2019 2 years ago

    Amy, I am at a loss for words. Mike was such an amazing person. My heart breaks for you and the kids. For everyone

  17. Ben, Janet, and Dan Smith

    16 April 2019 2 years ago

    So Sorry and shocked by your loss. Mike was such a great guy. Prayers for you and your family.

  18. Biniyam & Tizita

    16 April 2019 2 years ago

    This is very Sad news for our life.At least some treatment for further check but we heard very sudden information. We did not believe it at the moment .finally we get the final worst information .

    Karen (Mel) Habete



  19. Jenny D

    16 April 2019 2 years ago

    Dear Amanda, Nate and family,
    I am so very sorry for you loss, this is so sad. Please know that you are in my thoughts, and prayers, and I am sending you good vibes, and safe travels.
    Remember to take time to mourn, and to celebrate the memories.

  20. Lisa Lockman

    15 April 2019 2 years ago

    Mike was one of the first RAs (Resident Advisors) that I supervised at Michigan Tech 1997-1998. We bonded over my movie collection and the fact that my dad had been in the Army and was an engineer. He was in the group of returning RAs that I relied on in helping me with my transition to working in Wadsworth Hall. He would chase down the emergency alarm ringers from the elevator and he always had a positive thing to say. I am very sorry to hear of his passing and send my condolences to his family and friends.

  21. Stephanie Snyder

    15 April 2019 2 years ago

    Mike was such a kind hearted person!! He would give you the shirt off his back if he could. And that contagious laugh and constant smile! I will never forget our times bowling together, Livin’ On A Spare!! And then his beautiful song he wrote for Amy on her 40th birthday. He was a truly genuine great guy! He adored his family and Amy. Amy, my heart goes out to you! Prayers sweetie, now you have another beautiful guardian angel and I’m sure he’s laughing and joking with your mom.

  22. Carl Sztuczko

    15 April 2019 2 years ago

    Any, I am so sorry for your loss. I really appreciated the times that I got to spend with Mike. He always put family first. You are in my prayers.

  23. The Zander Family

    15 April 2019 2 years ago

    Amy, I am in shock, as I’m sure you all are, too. Mike was the best. We are all holding you in our hearts, now and forever. So many are with you in spirit–I only wish we could be there in person, too.

  24. Wendy (Bilpuch) Edgett

    15 April 2019 2 years ago

    I am so sorry to the entire family. Some of my absolute greatest memories from high school were with Mike by my side. Heaven sure is blessed to have such an amazing addition.

  25. Cindy Kopp

    15 April 2019 2 years ago

    Amy, my heart goes out to you and your family. We are all thinking of you and send our deepest sympathy with hugs of support. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
    Much love,
    Cindy Kopp

  26. Rosa H Lemji , ,David Diop and Endalkatew H. Family

    15 April 2019 2 years ago

    Such a nice warming personality, no one come prepare you for a loss ,however take comfort in knowing that he is now resting in the arms of our Lord our deepest condolences to you and your family. The journey of his soul to heave Amen

  27. Ermias Dejene

    15 April 2019 2 years ago

    Sorry for your lost,, I’m praying for you and the kids at this difficult time.

  28. Ermias Dejene

    15 April 2019 2 years ago

    Sorry for your lost,I’m praying for you and the kids at this difficult time.

  29. Jacqui (Lents) Underwood

    15 April 2019 2 years ago

    This is such a tragic loss. Mike was such a kind and positive person. I always think of him and this memory when I hear Air Supply. Back in college Air Supply came to Meadow Brook and Mike, his sister (I am sure it was Karen), myself and my sister Nicole (Lents) Neveau all went together and we were sitting up on the hill. The concert started and the band comes out hooting and hollering. The lead singers starts shouting to the crowd “ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?!” Super loud, and he repeats this like 3 times at least. The whole crowd is screaming and really amped up. Then they break into one of their smooth rock ballads like Lost In Love. Well we just freeze and look at each other, the intro did not fit the song, and we are all like, did we all see the same thing right now? Then we burst out laughing. It was so funny. The rest of the night was just full of laughter and jokes. It was one of the best concert experiences I ever had. Every time I hear Air Supply I think of that night and what a great time we had. That is how I always think of Mike, with a big smile on this face.

  30. Kevin & Jodi Britton

    15 April 2019 2 years ago

    Amy, we are SO sorry for your loss! Mike was a great friend, and did everything to the full. Praying for you and the kids at this incredibly difficult time!

  31. Nicole (Lents) Neveau

    14 April 2019 2 years ago

    I remember staying up all night working on a project in college with Hof. He left at 5 or 6 a.m. to go to ROTC training while I worked on our project. I couldn’t believe after staying up all night he had the energy to do calisthenics! Mike was a great guy and friend, very loyal, hardworking, and dependable!

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