Donald Hoff

donald hoff

Donald passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Sanford Health in Fargo, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 78.

Donald was born on August 10, 1935, the son of Joe and Ottilia (Froelich) Hoff, near Richardton, ND. He grew up in this area and received his education. Donald proudly served his country in the United States Army near the end of the Korean Conflict, serving three years. Following his discharge he returned to North Dakota.

Donald was united in marriage to Ruby Neidhardt on June 23, 1960 at Richardton, ND. They moved to Fargo where he worked for Wallworks, and later for American Welding in West Fargo, ND, until he retired. Ruby passed away in 1988.

He was a very kind and gentle soul who will be greatly missed. Throughout his life, Donald enjoyed working with horses, hunting, observing wildlife in their natural habitats, playing cards with his friends, music and dancing. He enjoyed restoring old vehicles and together with his son they restored an antique buggy .

Donald is survived by his daughter, Gayle (Richard) Olejnik of Apple Valley, MN; and his son, Wayne Hoff of Horace, ND; two grandchildren – Ryan Olejnik and Lauren (Daniel) Concha; his brothers, Richard (Elvera) Hoff of Rapid City, SD; Joe (Joan) Hoff of Richardton, ND; Cornell Hoff of Mandan, ND; his sisters, Sandra Skavdahl and LaVern (Roger) Reinbold both of Bismarck, ND; and sister-in-law, Delores Hoff of Fargo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby; his parents; and siblings – Victoria (Tony) Sattler, Edwin Hoff, Herman Hoff; and sister-in-law, Delores C. Hoff.

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  1. Fargo NorthDakotaMy deepest sympathy to Gayle and Wayne in the loss of your father I used to babysit for you kids in 1968. Your parents were both very special people. I had the chance to get together with your Dad and Wayne we met for breakfast one time when my daughter moved to Fargo, I later moved here also. It was nice to see them. I think of you kids often. Your dad and mom are missed very much. If you want to keep in touch just send me an e-mail. Georgene

  2. Gillette WyomingI will always remember the Chrismas’s around the dinner table and how much fun Don would have with us all at Grandpa’s and Grandma’s. Also all the wild pheasant hunts with the Fargo gang.

    God Bless,

  3. Dickinson ND
    Just want to pay my respects to my old neighbor to the north. We grew up together north of Richardton. I was the freakish little kid about a mile south of the Hoff place who thoroughly appreciated the hand-me-down engineer boots from the Hoff boys. I restored them and actually wore them to school with pride to the envy of my classmates. Donald was about five years older than I and I really looked up to the “army guy.” He never treated me like a pesky little neighbor boy but more like an equal. Since he moved to Fargo, I have not seem him but will always cherish the memories growing up. You have my sincere condolences on his passing.

  4. Richardton ND
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of Don-to his family and to his brothers & sisters. Don was a special cousin & friend.
    Harvey & Geri. Baer

  5. Franklin TNDon was a fun loving and wonderful person. He took time to teach me many things as a youth and will be missed by many.

  6. Mesa AzDon and I grew up together and went to the service together in 1955 for three years. after our discharge we married sisters and would spend many happy years visiting each other on weekends and enjoying laughing and talking about our lives and work and family. We will forever miss Don and his special personality.

  7. I worked with Don in the early 1990s at American welding .He taught me everything about welding and supplies. he gave me a surprise party at hooters in Todd harig. great man. God bless

    Hoff Family. We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a good friend, We didn’t see him much in the past years but we thought of him often. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time God Bless. Chuck and Mary Ann

  9. Dear Wayne and Gail,
    We are saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. Don holds a very special place in our hearts and we will miss him. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    David & Laurie Gress Family

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