Walter Herman Hoffbuhr, long-time resident of Southern Oregon and community cornerstone, passed away July 19, 2014 in Ashland, Ore. He was born June 6, 1924 in Aberdeen, Idaho to Herman and Innocente Hoffbuhr. On November 29, 1952 he married his wife, Kathryn, in Burley, Idaho.
Walter grew up on a rural farm in Idaho and was president of his school's FFA chapter. He went on to major in agriculture at the University of Idaho and minored in engineering. When WWII broke out his studies were placed on hold as he served his country in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific aboard an amphibious personnel attack ship.
After his service he continued his studies with the G.I Bill and went into the construction industry. Walter later became involved with the Medford Water Commission after his brother, Jack (who was working for the Medford Water Commission), suggested he apply for a position that was available. He spent five years with the MWC. In November of 1955 he was appointed as the Talent Irrigation District Manager, a position he held for 31 years, eventually retiring in 1987. During his career he was also director of the Rogue Basin Flood Control and Water Resources Association. But retirement did not keep him from being an active community partner and volunteer. He went on and became a volunteer for S.C.O.R.E. (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and was also president of the Rogue Investment Corp.
Throughout his extensive career Walter gained many awards and accolades, was involved in countless community projects such as: the Elks, Shriners, Chairman of the Ashland School Board, President of the Ashland Community Hospital Board, Board member of the Ashland YMCA, Scholarship Chairman of the Ashland Elks, information booth volunteer for the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, Grand Marshall of the Ashland Fourth of July Parade, was given the title of Paul Harris Fellow by the Ashland Rotary Club, and gave of his time and company as a Red Coat at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, was an ordained Elder of the Presbyterian Church, and numerous other activities. He will be remembered by many as a local pillar and visionary. His greatest accomplishments were that of husband, father, and grandfather.
Walter is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathryn Hoffbuhr; his children, Gregg Whitney Hoffbuhr of West Hollywood, Calif. and Pamela Juback of Niceville, Fla.; grandson, Zachary Juback of Anchorage, Alaska; and granddaughters, Cptn. Sara Juback, U.S.A.F. of San Antonio, Texas and Pamela Ann Juback of Birmingham, Ala.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church, Ashland. The family requests appropriate attire. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Walter's honor to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239.