Leo Grobe

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Leo D. Grobe, 87, of Moorhead, Minnesota passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, after a short illness in Sanford Medical Center, Fargo. Leo was born on March 10, 1934 in Fargo, North Dakota to Sidney and Lillian (Marek) Grobe. He lived most of his life in Fargo and attended school from First Grade through High School in the Fargo School System, graduating in 1952 from Central High School. After high school he attended the North Dakota State School of Sciences (now NDSCS) taking a course in Architectural Drafting. After one year at NDSCS, he and a friend moved to California. After several months in California he received a letter for induction into the Armed Services. He was drafted into the Army. For two years, starting with basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas, and ending his two years in the service in the Tank Corps at Fort Hood, Texas. After receiving his discharge from the Army he finished his Architectural Drafting course at NDSCS and continued his architectural studies at NDSU, while at the same time working after hours for an engineering firm in Fargo. In 1957, he went to work for an architect in Fargo. After working there for several years, he formed a partnership with another architect, Vern Hunter. They formed Hunter & Grobe Architects, which lasted from 1973 until 2013. At that time both partners decided it was time to slow down and go on to new endeavors. During the many years of practice the firm designed many types of buildings, specializing in school facilities located throughout the upper Midwest. The firm received numerous design awards for their work. Leo was involved in many professional organizations, including American Institute of Architects (AIA), North Dakota AIA, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and Construction Specification Institute (CSI). He was also a Certified Interior Designer (CID). Throughout his life Leo had been involved with art and design. His art has been on display at local galleries as well as in personal collections. He also enjoyed music, and Jazz was his favorite. During college he played saxophone in a dance band. Leo is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Doreen (Knutson) Grobe; nieces, Gayle (Wayne) Miller, Christine (Dennis) Schonhoff, Claudeen (Brian) Frevert, Terri Grobe, Pam Laha; nephews, Richard Grobe, David (Kathy) Iverson; adopted Vietnamese family, Yen (Shane) Truong, Vu (Khanh) Truong, Binh Truong, Quyen (Long) Do and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Jess (FaraMae) Grobe, Jim (Ann) Grobe, and Judy (Roger) Iverson. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 9:00 A.M. The service will be live streamed on the funeral home’s website. Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.

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  1. Leo was a highly respected, friendly and very talented member of the FM area construction community. I’m honored to have known him and worked with him on many projects.

  2. I only knew Mr. Grobe for the past year, I live in the building where he has lived for many years. He was always kind to me and appreciated a little conversation, he was the Architect of our building and now my home. I will miss seeing him, and was so fortunate to have met and gotten to briefly know him. Rest In Peace.

  3. I worked with Leo on two school additions in the district where I was employed he was a very knowledgeable and soft spoken kind man ! My deepest sympathies on your loss!

  4. Leo Grobe would often come and hang out at the Kringen Youth Klubbe meetings and take pictures. My three youngest children were very involved with the Klubbe for many years. I remember his willingness to help his Doreen with the Klubbe. Usually being the one to make the pizza and pop runs for the various parties. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Leo was the architect in the construction of a couple schools I was associated with. He was a professional in every aspect of the word and a good friend. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. We are all better off for his having passed this way.

  6. Leo, you will be surely missed. You always reached out to me when we lost track of the rest of the family, and it was truely appreciated.

  7. As an honorary member of the “Old Architect’s Club”, we will toast Leo at this Thursday’s meeting, remembering a Life well lived, and an Architect who thru his life, positively influenced many an intern and colleague. Leo, you are missed !

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