Irving S Hoffbauer

January 6, 2019 GMT

Irving S. Hoffbauer

Dec. 25, 1926- Dec. 26, 2018

Irving (Irv) S. Hoffbauer died on Dec. 26, a day after his 92nd birthday. Born in Brainard, Nebraska, to Jacob and Rose (Dobesh) Hoffbauer, Irv left the family farm at 17 to serve in the U.S. Navy, in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Irv graduated from Wayne State College (1951) and went on to teach in Omaha and Des Moines at Drake University before embarking on a life-long career as a CPA, creating Hoffbauer and Co., where he continued to work well into his 80s.

Irv served on the Boards of United Way of Iowa, Iowa Children and Family Services, and Crestview Acres. Other service work included: The Jaycees, Friends of Iowa Women Prisoners, Iowa Cure and the Justice Reform Consortium. He received numerous awards for his contributions.


He supported his alma mater, WSC, including funding the restoration of its beloved outdoor amphitheater, The Willow Bowl. He also created a beautiful outdoor student patio, named Hoffbauer Plaza.

A lifetime member of Des Moines Golf and Country Club, he served as a member of the board, including a term as president in 1968. Music was another great love of Irv’s, realized at a young age when he found a saxophone in his uncle’s attic. With friends, he created Ernie Francis and His Orchestra, a small band, playing at school dances and local events, which landed him a one-time gig with Lawrence Welk, who was traveling through the area and needed a fill-in sax player.

Nicknamed “Speed” in high school due to his enthusiasm for fast cars, he enjoyed a lifetime of four-wheeled adventures with his family.

Irv’s life ended surrounded by his family, dying at home in the care and arms of love. His survivors include: Marcia (Dan) Hoffbauer-Brown; Becky Hoffbauer; Heidi Hoffbauer; Vicki Hoffbauer; Diane (Bob) Groves; Gary (Vic) Hoffbauer; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He chose to donate his body to the University of Iowa. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date which is yet to be determined.