Leon "Chip" Hoeg


March 2, 1947 ~ January 21, 2023

Born in: Yankton, South Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

Leon “Chip” Hoeg, 75, Fargo, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at home surrounded by family under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Chip Hoeg was born on March 2, 1947, in Yankton, SD. The only child to Jorgen Hoeg and Irma (Rasmussen) Hoeg.

Chip graduated in 1965 from Wakonda High School. He went on to earn a Bachler’s Degree in Medical Technology from South Dakota State University. Chip later earned an advanced degree as a Blood Bank Specialist from War Memorial Blood Bank in Minneapolis, MN. He worked for hospitals in Rapid City, SD, St. Paul, MN, Bismarck, ND, Fort Yates, ND, and retired in 2014 from Essentia Hospital in Fargo, ND.

On June 10, 1967, Chip married his childhood sweetheart, Diane Devine in Wakonda, SD. Together they raised four boys, Travis, Jesse, Adam, and Lucas, in Bismarck, ND. In 2002 Chip and Diane moved to Fargo, ND.

Chip’s passions included music, history, astronomy, the Old West and Native American culture. He introduced his sons to camping and fishing at an early age with many trips to the Black Hills of South Dakota. During his retirement years Chip loved going on trips to historical sites with his wife. He was an avid guitar player and passed his love for music onto his sons. Chip was known by many as a modern-day Renaissance man.

Chip was very proud of his service in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany as an officer in the military police from 1970-1973. Chip and Diane’s adventurous spirit led them on many travels throughout Europe.

Chip is survived by his wife Diane, Fargo, ND. Sons, Travis (Alison) Fargo, ND, Jesse (Naomi) Fargo ND, Adam (Gregory) Los Angeles CA, Lucas (Krista) Fargo, ND and nine grandchildren; Kade, Keaton, Zoe, Bode, Cecilia, Cameron, Kullen, Jonah, and Ryer.

Chip was preceded in death by his parents, Jorgen and Irma Hoeg.

Celebration of Life Service: 5-7:00 P.M. Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.

A service will take place in the summer in Wakonda, SD. Service details will be announced at a later date.

Burial: St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wakonda, SD.

Memorial donations can be made in Chip’s name to the Native American Heritage Association.

Video Tribute:


Celebration of Life - Saturday: January 28, 2023 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Leon "Chip" Hoeg 's name.

Native American Heritage Association

PO Box 512
Rapid City, South Dakota
(540) 636-1020

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  1. Diane, Travis, and family, so sorry to hear about Chip. I will miss him sitting at the BB games but knowing he is in a better place with JMJ, that is GOD’s Will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. May he rest in peace.

  2. Diane, Luke and Hoeg families. We are so very sorry to learn of Chips passing. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. You are all in our thoughts and in our prayers. Hugs❤️🙏❤️ Al & Marilou

  3. To all the family I ask in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that he provides you with peace, comfort, and understanding of his word. I never knew Chip, but my daughter now fills his position in blood bank at Essentia. She trained and under Chip and he was a true mentor, friend, and supporter. What an awesome man to help a young lady achieve her dream. We await God,s return and the ressurrection to come! Amen!

  4. Chip was a great friend, mentor, and coworker. I am grateful to him for bringing out my love of blood banking and all the support he has given me in my career over the years. I will miss the texts, calls, and stopping in to visit him and Diane. I will remember Chip for his kind soul and love of history, music, and coffee. I will miss you, but I find comfort in knowing you are at peace.

  5. Diane and Family,
    So sorry to hear about Chip, and the void that will be left. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Travis and Alison, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad, Chip. Cherish those beautiful memories that you and your family hold dear. I’m sure he will be missed but you will meet again someday 🙂

  7. Dear Diane, and all of Chip’s family, and friends I offer my sympathy, you are in my thoughts, and prayers.

  8. Hope in the comfort in knowing he will always be with you in love,in memory and in how see you see the world because of him .
    My Deepest Condolences ❤🙏

    Chip, Thank you for being you ,kind-hearted and patience.
    Diane, I will always remember the time you stopped by to see Chip at work , he would just light up. He beamed with pride and love for you ❤ Loved it !
    Continue the love and spirit

    Chip, Thank you for you Service during your journey in Life ❤🙏

    To you Chip,” Spirit in the Sky”

    Marcia Olson
    Coworker Essentia Health

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