Michael Jay Joffer was born on April 17, 1967, in Sioux Falls, the son of Earl and Shirley (Osthus) Joffer. He grew up in Parker, and graduated from Parker High School in 1986. He then received a degree in Criminal Justice from USD. He was employed as a Correctional Officer at the SD State Penitentiary.
Mike was united in marriage to Kim Wolthuis on March 27, 1993, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tea. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Vermillion where he served as a police officer on the Vermillion Police Department. The family moved to Tea in 2003. Shortly thereafter, he began his employment as a civil service processor and later a deputy sheriff for the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office. He also worked part-time as a Transport Officer for the Federal Marshall’s Office. Mike had dedicated nearly 26 years to law enforcement.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fraternal Order of Police and the Deputies Association. In 2011, Mike was the recipient of the Cecil-Fischer Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award from the Fraternal Order of Police. He also donated his time to the Annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run and Polar Plunge to raise money for children with special needs. He also served as a Confirmation Mentor at his church.
In addition to law enforcement, he also very much enjoyed driving limos for Stellar Limousine in Sioux Falls. He loved helping people celebrate those special times in their lives and creating special memories.
Mike’s hobbies included being an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, a fan of Nebraska Cornhuskers football and North Carolina Tar Heels basketball, fishing with his Dad, any activity that involved his boys and restoring old cars with his Dad. He was a great advocate for Ford vehicles. A special memory for Mike was attending the annual Barrett-Jackson Car Show and Auction in January of 2013 with his dad and brothers.
Mike devoted his time and love to Kim and their boys, Brandon and Kaleb. They enjoyed many special camping trips and vacations together as a family, along with an annual trip to a Minnesota Twins game. Mike and Kim enjoyed watching their boys participate in all sports and school activities.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jeff Joffer; his grandparents, Clarence and Elizabeth Joffer and Ben and Emma Osthus; and his father-in-law, Harlan (Stretch) Wolthuis.
Mike died in Sioux Falls on July 1, 2013, having attained the age of 46 years.
Those most grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Kim; his two sons, Brandon and Kaleb; his parents, Earl and Shirley Joffer of Parker; his siblings, Kevin (Cindy) Joffer of Elk Point, Mark (Lisa) Joffer of Parker, Sherry (Doug) DeNeui of Chancellor and Brent Joffer of Brookings; his mother-in-law, Bonnie Wolthuis of Tea; sister-in-law, Kathy (Kevin) Tyler of DuBois, PA; brothers-in-law, Todd Wolthuis of Tea and Terry (Kelly) Wolthuis of Rapid City; plus many nieces, nephews and great friends.