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Accident claims life of C&H co-founder

By Staff | Sep 19, 2014


Joe Hoffert, a co-founder of C&H Repair in Rugby, died Sept. 13 from injuries sustained during a fall while cutting trees in his yard in the 400 block of Dewey Street SE. Hoffert was 57.

Rugby Police and Rugby Emergency Medical Service responded to a 911 call at 1:34 p.m., and found Hoffert unresponsive. EMS initiated resuscitation efforts before transporting Hoffert to Heart of America Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The fall from a ladder was approximately 18 feet, according to a press release from the police.

Hoffert is survived by his wife, Kristy, and three children.

Kent Christenson, co-founder and the other half of C&H, said the duo opened the business about 32 years ago. Christenson described Hoffert as a brother.

“He was dedicated to his work and was a good partner,” Christenson said. “He enjoyed fishing, hunting and his family.”

Christenson and Hoffert worked together at Johnnie’s Motor Sales before it closed in the early 1980s, prompting them to start their own venture.

– Tribune Staff Report

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