Obituary of Dorothy Hofman


Dorothy Mae Hofman, age 84, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

She was born June 1, 1937, at the family farm near Fulton, Kansas, the daughter of Fred Wiley and Opal Duncan Wiley.  She first married Merle Large on December 24, 1952.  Together they had eight children.  Merle and Dorothy later divorced, and she married Ed Hofman.  Ed later preceded her in death.

Through the years, Dorothy worked at various grocery stores and restaurants, but her primary job was taking care of her children.  She enjoyed decorating cakes and crocheting.  She made many afghans which were donated to area charities.  She was a member of the Elks Lodge and the V.F.W. Auxiliary and enjoyed participating in their charitable endeavors.


Survivors include six children, Dianna Brown (Russell), Auxvasse, Missouri, Curtis Large (Tammy), Beardstown, Illinois, Joyce Mills (Robert), Ft. Scott, Kansas, Gena Surratt (James), Meredosia, Illinois, Chuck Large (Beth) also of Meredosia and Fred Large of Ft. Scott, a son-in-law, Jim Brown also of Ft. Scott, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are two brothers, Dale Wiley (Marie) and Lloyd Wiley all of Ft. Scott.

In addition to her husband, Ed, Dorothy was preceded in death by a son, Tom Large, a daughter, Susan Brown, a grandson, Aaron Brown, two brothers, Don and Larry Wiley and a sister-in-law, Jean Wiley.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 10th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the West Liberty Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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