Hollis Dean Quamme, 87, of West Fargo, ND, died on June 29, 2020, at the VA in Fargo. He was born on March 16, 1933, in Wahpeton to Herbert and Josie Wateland Quamme and was the seventh child in a family of ten children. Hollis graduated from Galchutt High School in 1951. He attended Valley City State for one year and then taught in a rural school, Nansen 31, for one year before being drafted to serve in the US Army. He served from 1953-1955 and then returned home to North Dakota and headed back to Valley City to attain a BS degree in Education. The GI Bill helped make his education possible. After receiving his degree in 1957 he was hired to teach business education in Northwood. He was also high school principal for several years. Hollis met Bev Hofstad who came to teach in Northwood in 1958. They fell in love and were married on August 14, 1960 at St. John Lutheran Church in Hatton. He attended summer school at UND for several years and earned an MS in Education. Following this, in 1966, Hollis, Bev and daughter Kathy moved to Fargo where he accepted a teaching position at North High. He taught Business Education there for 29 years before retiring in 1995. Hollis was a member of many educational organizations including NEA, NDEA, and FEA. He and Bev proudly attended every NDEA Conference (Teacher Convention) during their teaching careers and attended many of them after retirement with involvement in NDEA Retired. He was a 51 year member of the North Dakota American Legion, a member of the Sons of Norway and Cass County Area Retired Teachers Association and was actively involved for many years in the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. Hollis was a longtime member of Hope North Lutheran Church and served with Bev as a Sunday morning greeter for many years and was on an ushering team for at least 25 years. He loved his time at the lake at their cabin on Little Pine near Perham but above all he treasured his loving family – wife Bev, daughter Kathy and husband Scott Wenger, daughter Kelly and husband Cooper Thurston, and grandkids Nick Wenger, Ben Wenger and Connor Thurston who survive him along with his brother Roger Quamme of Galchutt and in-laws in Bev’s family – Barb Hoppe, Becky Melhus, and Brenda and David Sorenson and many nieces and nephews. Hollis was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings – Harvey, Doris Lugert, Quentin, Thelma Smith, Raymond, Shirley Lensch, Ralph, Carmen Bertling, mother and father-in-law, Evy and Leonard Hofstad, sister-in-law, Bonny Hanson and brother-in-law, Bryan Hofstad. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM with visitation beginning one hour prior, at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo, North Dakota. It will also be live streamed on Boulger Funeral Home’s website. Social distancing will be observed and masks will be required if you attend the service. Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.

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  1. Kelly, Kathy and Bev….Sorry for your loss of Hollis…..may your memories provide you peace and comfort as you navigate this grief process. Know your dad is watching over you and proud of you! He is at peace now! Hugs to all of you…a great man!

  2. Bev, Kathy & Kelly,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband and loving father, Hollis. I used to kid with him at North High that he was “the hardest working man in education.” He often had 5 prep periods which meant he taught 5 different classes a day which was unheard of. He was always a pleasure to talk to and loved a good joke or story. In my 16 years at North, I never once heard anyone, student or colleague, utter a negative word about him. He was a highly respected educator and a gentleman in every sense of the word. My thoughts are with you at this time.

  3. Kathy, we are so sorry for your loss. All these years I never realized that your dad was my high school teacher my senior year. He was terrific! Hugs and prayers.

  4. Bev and family, Hollis was one of the kindest people known to our world, one of my favorites. I am so sorry for your loss.

  5. Sorry. To hear of the passing of Hollis. We drank many cups of coffee and played many games of cards during his time in Northwood. God bless his memory.

  6. Our heartfelt sympathy to Bev and the entire family of Hollis Quamme; he was a kind and generous man who will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

    Mary and Tony

  7. Uncle Hollis was one of the good guys and he will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.

  8. Bev, Kelly and Kathy
    Sorry to hear of the passing of Hollis.
    He was always one of my favorites to chat with at family gatherings.
    Our sympathies to you all.
    May God bless.

  9. Sympathies Kathy and family in the loss of your Dad. He was one of my favorite teachers. Always so kind and a smile on his face. Peace and prayers to you.

  10. So sorry for your loss. I was in High School when Hollis & Bev. were there. God bless his memory.

  11. Bev,
    Our paths crossed many times the last 46 years beginning with Governor Guys Senate campaign in 1974.
    The people you meet and the friends you make are that matters when you reach the end of the trail.
    I will forever treasure my friendship with the Quammes.
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family,
    David Strauss

  12. Bev, Our sympathy to you and your family. Hollis will always be remembered by us, the seniors at Northwood High.

    Myrna Johnson (skalsky) Marschke
    Jerry Marschke

  13. Beverly, I was so sorry to hear of Hollis’ death. My thoughts are with you all the time. I thought so much of Hollis. A memorial will be given to Hatton Prairie Village in his memory.
    Robert Bjertness

  14. The Quammes’ became my good neighbors at Little Pine Lake. Hollis was always curious and supportive of the many projects that I have taken on. Before his illness, he was certain to stop over to see what I was working on. He loved the lake and the peacefulness that it provided. Hollis was a quiet man with a big voice. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss! His path to heaven will be certain. Rest in Peace Hollis. It has been a pleasure knowing you!

  15. I am so sorry for your loss. In my senior year at Northwood I was asked by Mr. Quamme to work in his office for a few hours each week. It was an honor that I had his trust. Will always remember the bookkeeping class. He will be remembered fondly.
    Arlette (Peterson) Stanlake

  16. Bev,Kathy and Kelly,
    So sad to see that Hollis has died. I looked forward to seeing him at the get together at North for school starting and retirees all showing up! All the pictures that are posted showed many aspects of his life! Always greeted a person with his smile. He was ready to meet the Lord.

  17. Bev, Kathy and Kelly, so sorry to hear of Hollis’s passing. It’s been a long time since I’ve had contact with any of you but just happened to see this in the paper. Great memories of you all with my mom Bea taking care of you girls as well as myself. It’s hard to loose the one’s we love….they are always with us….Connie Howe, Carlson

  18. Bev, Kathy and Kelly
    So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.
    Gary and Tammie Hjelmstad

  19. Bev, Kathy, Kelly
    Sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.
    Gary and Tammie Hjelmstad

  20. To my sister Bev and family. Hollis will be missed by many. He was a wonderful man and I have so many great memories of him. Bev, you were so lucky to have had so many years with him. Sending my sympathy to everyone.

  21. Bev and family, Am so sorry for your loss. Hollis was such a special person. My thoughts are with each of you today and as the days go by.


  22. Thank you for providing the service as a live stream. Hollis will be missed for sure. My thoughts are with you Bev, Kathy, Kellie, and family. May he be in everlasting peace. 🙏

  23. I am so glad I was able to watch the service for Hollis. It is hard not being able to attend family gatherings, It was a great service. Take care until we meet again.

  24. May God hold you and your family close-Aunt Bev in the loss of Uncle Hollis.

  25. Dear Bev and Family,
    Hollis was the kindest, most respected, and insightful teachers I had the pleasure to work with at North High. I could always rely on him to be a straight shooter and give an honest opinion. He was a team player and kind to every student and staff member. He was also a role model in every respect, whether it was how to be a family man, educator, colleague, or how to look on the bright side of things. My sympathies to each of you. We have lost a great one.
    Hugs to Bev,
    Nancy Murohy

  26. Bev, Kathy, Kelly, Hollis will be missed by my family. He was always there with advice for every occasion. Always had fun playing pinochle with him. Sending sympathy to all.

  27. Uncle Hollis will be missed by ALL of us in the family. I have so many great memories from Christmas and of course all the time spent at the lake. Kathy and Kelly, thank you for putting me in the video tribute, it was great to see those old pictures. I’m so sorry for your loss Aunt Bev, Kathy and Kelly and I’m sure sometime soon we can all get together and celebrate Hollis with the extended family. Love you all!

  28. I was a student at Nansen # 2 when Mr. Quamme was a teacher there. I started at that school in the fall of 1948 and was there until the spring of 1956. My 4 older brothers and my younger sister were all students at that school too as we lived only 3/4 mile east of the school.

    My prayers go out to your family for your loss, but Mr. Quamme is now in a much better place. He will be missed by many people.

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