Michael George Anthofer Jr. died Sunday, Nov. 11, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, following a short battle with cancer.

Mass of the Christian burial was this morning, Nov. 14, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Coon Rapids and burial with military honors at Union Township Cemetery near Coon Rapids, with the Rev. Andrew Hoffman presiding, assisted by Deacon Louie Meiners. American Legion Gurney Parker Post 357 conducted honors at the cemetery.

Carlene Dorpinghaus was lector at the Mass, while eucharistic ministers were Elois Hilgenberg and Arlene Wanninger, gift bearers were Robert Anthofer, Mary Stessman, Paul Anthofer and Vern Anthofer, and mass servers were Brianna and Brandie Sperry.

Casket bearers were Gregory Dorpinghaus, Darwin Dorpinghaus, Douglas Hilgenberg, Dale Hilgenberg, Kevin Dorpinghaus and John Anthofer. Honorary casket bearers were Mike’s grandchildren.

Music by Annunciation choir and organist John Anthofer was “Be Not Afraid,” “On Eagle’s Wings” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Ohde Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Michael George Jr., son of Michael Sr. and Theresa (Sturm) Anthofer, was born March 13, 1936, at Roselle, Iowa. Mike graduated from Bayard High School with the Class of 1954. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958, primarily in Germany.

Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Mike began a career with Garst and Thomas that lasted 39½ years until his retirement in 1999. He then worked part time for Iowa Crop Improvement in the summer and fall inspecting seed fields.

On April 18, 1964, Mike married Kay Dorpinghaus at Annunciation Church in Coon Rapids. Four children were born to this union. Mike was a member of Annunciation Parish and active in its Men’s Club. His faith and love of God was one his finest qualities. He was also a member of the American Legion, the Jaycees and served on the library board.

Mike enjoyed going to sales and refinishing furniture and was an avid mushroom hunter. He was a talented gardener and kept many friends and neighbors in fresh vegetables. Mike also enjoyed having coffee with friends at the Legion each morning. He cherished time with his grandchildren — flying kites, fishing, attending sporting events and having them over for the weekend.

Mike and Kay loved to travel together, making trips to England, Scotland, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev., where he enjoyed playing blackjack.

Following a short battle with cancer, Mike entered Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

Mike is survived by his wife, Kay Anthofer of Coon Rapids; children, Jeffrey Anthofer (Jill) of Coon Rapids, Timothy Anthofer (Maggy) of Ankeny, Michelle Hofbauer (Anthony) of Huxley, and Stephanie Thomas (Huw) of Egrement, England; grandchildren, Alex, Andrew and Austin Anthofer, Jessica Cooper (Josh), Jonathon and Jacob Anthofer, Caleb Shaw, and Kathryn, Matthew and Joseph Hofbauer; great-granddaughters, Chloe and Penelope Cooper; siblings, Gladys Frazier (Sam) of San Diego, Calif., Robert Anthofer (Vicki) of Northfield, Minn., Mary Stessman (Bob) of Iowa City, Paul Anthofer (Sandy) of Urbandale and Vern Anthofer (Marianne) of West Des Moines; brother-in-law Keith Dorpinghaus (Carlene) of Coon Rapids; sister-in-law, Elois Hilgenberg of Waukee; nieces, nephews and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Donald Anthofer and Jerome Anthofer; sister in infancy Coleta Ann Anthofer; parents-in-law Dr. Henry and Rachel Dorpinghaus; brothers-in-law Darle Dorpinghaus and Merle Hilgenberg; and sister-in-law Caroline Dorpinghaus.