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Gerard "Rod" Hokenson II

March 04, 1969 - October 03, 2017

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Gerard “Rod” Hokenson, 48, Fargo, ND died peacefully after a short illness at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Gerard Joseph Hokenson II was born in Brooklyn, NY to Gerard Hokenson and Rita (Gallagher) Hokenson on March 4, 1969.

Roddy, as he was known to his family, spent his early years in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, until the family moved to Fargo in 1975. He attended St. Anthony’s School, Agassiz Junior High, and Fargo South High School.

Following high school, he began his employment at Centennial Shipping Products in Fargo where he worked for many years.

Roddy loved life. He had a loyal circle of friends since childhood. People were easily drawn to him because of his contagious smile and amazing personality. He loved to be silly and good jokes. He was often the life of the party, and had an infectious laugh. Roddy loved music of all genres including heavy metal, folk, country, and classic rock. He was also a voracious reader, and enjoyed watching sports of all kinds.

He is survived by his parents, Gerard Hokenson in Smithtown, Long Island, NY and Rita Hokenson, Fargo; siblings, Marylou Hokenson; Jane (Dave) Lavelle, Surprise, AZ; Ritann (Josh Kesler) Hokenson, Fargo; Krisy (Kent) Altenburg, Fargo; Sarah Hokenson, Moorhead, MN; and John (Kari Hager) Hokenson, Fargo; five nieces and nephews, Samantha (Dallas) Brown, Wolfgang Schlenker, and Martin, Lily, and Amy Altenburg; and one grandniece, Kennedy.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; and his brother-in-law, Rolly Vipond.

The family wishes to thank ICU and Palliative Care nurses and staff at Sanford Hospital for all their loving care.

Memorials preferred to the Great Plains Food Bank.

There will be a visitation from 6-7:00 PM with a prayer service following at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. The funeral mass will be at 1:30 PM on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.

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16 responses to “Gerard “Rod” Hokenson II”

  1. Robyn Conkins says:

    I am so saddened by to hear of Gerard’s passing and shocked. We were and always be great friend’s. He always made me fell so special and important, like everyone else in the live’s he touched. I will miss him so dearly. May God Bless his soul, and special prayers to his family. May God be with them at this family at this tragic and difficult time.

  2. Paula Nelson says:

    Roddy you will be missed. Rest In Peace. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.

    Love
    Paula Nelson (Heyen)

  3. Ann (Johnk) Rockswold says:

    Lots of fun memories of school at St. Anthony’s with Roddy. There was lots of laughs. Rest in Peace. Blessings to the family!

  4. Jason Herzog says:

    Hot Rod,

    So Sorry to hear you have left us, my friend. You made the stories from past so much more colorful. To those you have left in your wake, I’m sorry you have lost an incredible person, much too soon!

    Your Friend,

  5. EDWARD P. GALLAGHER says:

    Rita,
    I’ve always heard that a parent should never have to bear the loss of one of their children. I can’t imagine the sense of want.The only recourse I have to offer is that “HE” also suffered his Son’s death yet, later rejoiced in “His” resurrection and heavenly return.
    I’m sure that Roddy is following in those same footsteps now and will be waiting, when our day comes, to show us the way home.
    God Bless,
    U BRUDDER … Edward

  6. JEn says:

    Although I havent aeen him in many years, im sure he was still the same smiling, wonderful, kind, funny guy who I am sure will be greatly missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time..
    Jen Younggren

  7. Darla Dockter says:

    My sincere condolences – I’m a member of his graduating class of ’87. Prayers to all

  8. Corey says:

    I haven’t seen Roddy in a few years but always remember him as always being the happy guy wherever we were. RIP Hot Rod

  9. Jerry Barbee says:

    Rod,As an employer and a friend you will be missed. You were like my 2nd son and you did help Centennial a fun company for other employees.
    Rod you were a very hard worker and highly intelligent.
    When I introduced to your Mother for the first time she reminded me of my Mother because she loved her children unconditionally.

    Rest in peace,
    JB

  10. Bob Johansen says:

    R.I.P. my friend

  11. Tom Gravalin says:

    Rest In Peace Roddy see you in another life.

  12. Jeanine Stone says:

    May you find comfort knowing he’s in safe and loving arms.

  13. Lee Engle says:

    Bye

  14. Susan Hayer says:

    So very sorry Sarah on the loss of your brother! I didn’t know him but reading his Obituary he sounded like an amazing brother!🙏🏻

  15. Susan Hayer says:

    So very sorry to hear of your brothers passing Sarah! I didn’t know him but he sounded like an amazing man!🙏🏻

  16. CM says:

    I am deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your dear loved one. May Almighty God Jehovah (Psalms 83:18) be a source of strength and comfort to help you endure this difficult time.

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