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Forest Lawn Cemetery
Friday April 7th, 2017

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Robert Floyd Hoeft

Hoeft, Robert “Bobby”, born on July 28, 1929 to Gerhardt and Viola and grew up on a farm in Moltke, MI. was called home to his Lord April 3, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Patricia. Also, children, Roberta, Tamara, Amy, Robert (Carrie) and James (Patricia). He has six grandchildren, including Brendan, Caitlyn, Robert, Ryan, Tarynne, and Katherine. He was preceded to the Lord by his first daughter, Rebecca.


As a farm boy, Bobby not only learned his work ethic, but also a lifelong, old-school, hard-nosed love of baseball, taught to him by his daddy on the fields of northern Michigan.


But the family did move to Detroit and Bobby attended Southeastern High School where he was awarded all-city in both football and baseball and was a Hearst Newspaper All-American in baseball representing the city in 1947. He was the MVP runner-up of the game, throwing out a runner at third base from deep center in the vaunted Polo Grounds. Also during the contest, Babe Ruth asked for Bobby’s autograph. He played professional baseball for the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox organizations. He also served in the Navy from 1951-1954 during the Korean War as a radar technician, but still managed to find a way to play baseball and was awarded all-service at Colorado Springs in 1954.


After his military service, he attended Concordia Seminary (Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod), Springfield, IL, beginning 1958 and graduated 1964 as an ordained minister with a Bachelor’s of Theology and Masters of Divinity. Subsequently, he served as pastor in the parishes of Christ the King, Nashua, NH; Redeemer, St. Clair Shores, MI; First Lutheran, Fontana, CA; Trinity, Hammond, IN; and St. Paul’s, Farmington Hills, MI. Bobby brought the life-saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to thousands.


He also earned a Masters of Liberal Arts from Valparaiso University in 1974.


But while his baseball and ministry travels took him all across the United States, his soul always remained in Michigan.

The pride he had for Michigan sports was unmatched. As a young man, he attended Olympia watching Ted, Sid and Gordie on a near nightly basis as they won cup after cup for the Red Wings. And it was University of Michigan football that gave him such pride during the years of “Bo.”


But it was always the Tigers. His beloved Tigers (who he also served as a team chaplain for a time). He loved his baseball, so much he wrote a book “When Baseball Was Fun” (2002). He also authored a Detroit Tigers’ newsletter for over a decade about the odds-and-ends of the Detroit Tigers. Numerous former Tigers’ players were lifetime subscribers, as well as guest authors.


He joined the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors in 1979, earned his broker’s license in 1989 and ran a successful real estate business for years with a great benefit for clients: Opening Day Tickets to the Tigers’ season. He was a member of the board for 21 years.


In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to the American Cancer Society:





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Thank you Thomas for your words of comfort. My husband enjoyed his time at Redeemer and remembered it fondly.

Patricia Hoeft Apr 14 2017 12:00 AM

Thanks Ron for your kind words. Those were some wonderful years. My prayers are that you and your family are all well.

Patricia Hoeft Apr 14 2017 12:00 AM

Thank you! What a great message - and right on the mark. In the end, we're all trying to get to "home." That said, we all know that our Redeemer lives!

James Hoeft Apr 10 2017 12:00 AM

Pastor Hoeft came to Trinity Lutheran Hammond , Indiana at a very difficult time in our congregational history. He was a leveling influence to us along with his beautiful family and his inspiring sermons and boundless energy! We thank God for allowing us to share in a part of Pastor Hoeft's life and for the blessings he brought to Trinity! Praise the Lord for his life!

Ron Hunter Apr 10 2017 12:00 AM

My condolences to your family. I was a member of Redeemer, St. Clair Shores and was confirmed by your father. I have very fond memories of your family and father. God's richest blessings to you all during this difficult time.

Thomas Draves Apr 9 2017 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Apr 6 2017 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry to hear the news of your husband's passing. I so enjoyed reading about him on this memorial page, what a rich life he lived, and I'm certain he has touched many lives with both his love for baseball and for God who he so faithfully served. I am praying for comfort for you and your precious family.
Blessings and peace,

Sarah Massie Apr 6 2017 12:00 AM

I so enjoyed you sharing Bob's baseball days with me and I can't wait to read his book. You married someone very special I can tell. I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers. We know he is home now, but that doesn't make it any easier for those of us "left behind". My heart goes out to you.

Cathy Townsend Apr 6 2017 12:00 AM

Thank God for the life, the passions, and the service of this baptized Saint of our Lord. Life, a wonderful gift from God, can hurl toward us any number of curve balls and sliders. Sometimes we hit them out of the park, but the majority of life consists of " Texas-league singles" where we are just barely able to advance another base........and thank God when we do. Such was his life....some runs, some hits, some errors to be sure (we all do) and a wonderful family chugging the bases behind him. May God rest his soul.

Mark and Pam Nieting Apr 6 2017 12:00 AM

I am Bob's cousin, daughter of Viola's sister, Ruth. Although I hadn't seen Bob in many years, I heard news of him through his Hendrian cousins. As kids, my sister and I spent many summer vacations at the farm in Moltke and remember Bob taking time to show his little cousins around the farm.

I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I lost my brother, Johnny just about six weeks ago and my sister Nora a few years ago and am the only one left of our immediate family.

Patricia Newman Apr 5 2017 12:00 AM

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