Four evenings of Shiva are planned Thursday through Sunday for Marion native Jeffrey Lee Longhofer, 67, who passed away Jan. 31 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Lawrence.
The Shiva, borrowing from Jewish tradition, will be at the home of his partner, Jerry Floersch, 1212 Juniper Lane, Lawrence. Appetizers will be served. Participants may walk in or attend virtually. More information is available at https://oncaring.org/blog/x2hfy0zwqmlh5pfsavim669jlnhsh9
Born Sept. 13, 1955, to E.D. “Rusty” and Mary Inez (Ray) Longhofer of Marion, he was active in his elementary years in scouting and youth baseball and became an avid and voracious reader.
By the end of junior high, Jeffrey was engaged as a regular volunteer at St. Luke Hospital and organizer of a countywide youth political organization.
As a student at Marion High School, he became an accomplished debater, thespian, and vocal musician and served in class and school leadership positions. Jeffrey graduated in 1973.
Influenced by his father’s keen eye of observation of the human condition, his mother’s love of the arts, his grandmother’s passion for books and education, and their collective dedication to social justice, he grew to embody the Longhofer and Ray family histories.
In the fall of 1973 he enrolled at Washburn University with a dual major in sociology and anthropology.
After attaining his bachelor’s degree in 1977, he continued his studies in anthropology at the University of Kansas, earning a master’s degree in 1980 and a Ph.D. in 1986.
He obtained a Master of Social Work degree in 2002 from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and did postgraduate psychotherapy training in child development and psychoanalysis and adult psychoanalysis from 2001 to 2009 in Cleveland.
He also taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of North Texas, Case Western Reserve University, Rutgers University, and other institutions.
For the past 20 years he added private practice as a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst.
He is survived by his partner / spouse as well as brothers David Longhofer of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Darold Longhofer of Overland Park; nephews Stacey Longhofer and Jeremy Longhofer of Overland Park; nieces Danielle Bartelli, Gabrielle Darrow, and Nikki Longhofer of the Kansas City metro area; second cousins Juliette Remmers of Iowa City, Iowa, and Jestina Jones-Cathcart of Oxnard, California; and cousins Michael and Walkie Ray of southern California.
Cremation was entrusted to Midwest Cremation. Jeffrey’s ashes will be placed in a six-foot story wheel in Flush, Kansas.
Memorials may be made to the Jeffrey Longhofer-Haskell Fund for Justice, 155 Indian Ave, Box 5019, Lawrence KS 66046.