Dr. Edwin O. Hieb, 90, of West Fargo, died in his home on September 24, 2014.

Ed was born on his father’s birthday, June 8, 1924 in Kulm, ND, to Ed and Della (Novak) Hieb. He was raised in Kulm and graduated from Kulm High School in 1941. He and his family spent summer vacations on Little Pine Lake in Perham, MN.

Ed attended UND and graduated with a BA in 1944 and a BS in Medicine from the UND Medical School in 1945. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1947. He did his internship at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, IL.

He completed residencies in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo and the VA Hospital in Minneapolis.

Ed married Patricia Bolger of Moorhead on December 26, 1949 and they made their home in Jamestown. He began his medical practice there in January of 1950 with the De-Puy Sorkness Clinic, which later became The Jamestown Clinic, Ltd. Ed was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1957.

From 1951 -1953, Ed served as a captain in the US Army Medical Corps and was stationed in France. Pat and his oldest son, Mike, joined him in France and they did a great deal of travel across Europe. That experience remained one of the highlights of their married life.

Ed and Pat raised their 3 children in Jamestown. Ed was active in local and state medical organizations. He retired in 1987 and they moved fulltime to their much-loved Bad Medicine Lake cabin in Minnesota, which they enjoyed for 31 years.

They wintered on South Padre Island, TX for 17 years, making many friends on the island and attending Elderhostel’s along the way there and back.

Throughout his working years and retirement, Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, word games, Cribbage, and working around his cabin and woods. He was a great “Poppy-Ed” to his grandchildren and with Pat, helped create many wonderful memories for his kids and grandkids at Bad Medicine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wayne, and both his grandmother Anna Wacha Novak and Christ Hieb, who were both great influences and role models in his life.

Those left with great gratitude to have shared Ed’s life are his wife of 64 years, Pat Hieb of West Fargo; his son’s Mike (Shirleen) Hieb of Duluth, MN, and Chris (Margie) Hieb of Fargo; his daughter Mary (Dick) Ekstrom Vermillion, SD; his grandson’s Charlie (Megan) Hieb and Sam Ekstrom; his granddaughters Anna (Tim) Paffel, Kate (Dylan) Mills, Gretchen (Billy) Schuett, Betsy (Mike) Levar, and Maddie Hieb; his great-grandsons Will Paffel, Hendrik and Oscar Mills, and Jack Schuett; his great-granddaughters Hazel Schuett and his namesake Eddison Paffel; his brother Bob (Nancy) Hieb of Midland, MI, and many close friends and extended family.

Memorials preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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  1. I am truly sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort in Gods promise to soon “swallow up death forever” and to “wipe away the tears from all our faces” (Isaiah 25:8)

  2. Glenwood MN
    Dear Chris and Family,
    I did not know your Father, but extend my heartfelt sympathy in your loss. May God be with you during this difficult time.

  3. Mandan ND
    Chris & family, Mike & family, Mary & family I am so sorry for your loss. As I sit at work today I have been reflecting on the days gone by. Mom & Dad looked forward to all those visits of the Hieb family coming to the farm to hunt. Many good memories and conversationsnever to be forgotten.

    Our family was/is truly blessed to be part of your family. Your Dad will be missed by everyone that he touched and met along the way.

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Mandan ND
    Chris & family, Mike & family, Mary & family. I am so sorry for your loss. As I sit at work today I have been reflecting on all the good times and memories gone by at the farm and otherwise. Mom and Dad looked forward to the Hieb families visits at hunting time. Our family was/is truly blessed to have all of you as part of our family and lives.
    You are all in my prayers & thoughts.

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