Rod was born Feb. 15, 1956 to Richard and Shirley (Chambers) Hoffer in Winner, South Dakota. He grew up and graduated from Winner High School. He met and fell in love with his high school sweet heart, Judy VanMatre. They were married Feb. 28, 1975 and resided in Winner most of their married life. They were blessed with 41 years of marriage. To this union they had two children, Nichole and Marie.
Rod loved spending time with his grandchildren and his four legged companions. He was an over the road truck driver. To pass his time on the road his favorite thing to do was write stories for his family. Rod and Judy moved to Rapid City in 2009 to be closer to their grandchildren. Rod worked for Western Provisions out of Sioux Falls at the time of his passing.