Michael (Mike) Wayne Hoaby Mike passed away suddenly on Friday, January 14, 2022 at the age of 61. The immediate cause of death was complications of pulmonary fibrosis (not COVID related – he was on oxygen therapy) with contributing factors of hypertension (he was experiencing irregular heart rhythms) and osteoarthritis. Mike was doctoring for Scleroderma in the weeks prior to his passing. Mike was born on August 3, 1960 to Benjamin (Sonny) and Bonnie (Monette) Hoaby in Fargo, ND. He lived in Fargo his entire life, attending Horace Mann grade school, Ben Franklin junior high and graduating from Fargo North high school in 1978. Mike was a team player and participated in variety of sports throughout his life – little league baseball, football, cross country track, volleyball, softball, bowling and most notably hockey and stock car racing. Mike worked several jobs throughout his life in the FM area and was appreciated by his co-workers for often taking shifts so others could spend holidays with their families. He was certainly a self-less man. Mike joins those who have gone before him including his mother and father, Bonnie and Ben; grandparents John and Loretta Monette of Langdon & Benard and Josephine (Urness) Hoaby; his half-sister Dana Kramer & several aunts and uncles. He will be greatly missed by many, including his sisters, Tammy (Todd) Bolstad of Fergus Falls, MN, Tracy Hoaby of Colorado Springs, and Darcy (Tyrone) Mattson of Fargo; niece, Courtney Bolstad of Starkville, MS; nephews, Logan (Jordie Salwei) Bolstad of Vergas, MN and Shane Mattson of New York Mills, MN; committed life partner, Renae Wilke Smith and her 4 children and families, as well as Mike’s multitude of friends. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, May 10th 5:00 with a gathering one hour prior at Boulger Funeral Home, in Fargo, ND. An open house reception to follow at Vic’s lounge in Moorhead, MN.

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  1. It surely still doesn’t seem real, another one of the great ones gone way too soon!! Mike has been a part of my life since I was a little girl and was always there with a helping hand especially during the really difficult times. From helping me paint my basement, cleaning the garage, moving furniture, you name it he had the most giving heart. Always calling to check in on my family, my parents, whatever you needed he was there to help. I will forever cherish and remember all the great times, the laughter, the best messages on his answering machine (even though some didn’t agree) and the cold beverages shared. I am confident you were behind the wheel of a race car and drove straight through the pearly gates to complete healing. I have no doubt mom, dad and Vick were there to great you with a huge hug! Love you Mike – RIP my friend – until we meet again

  2. I worked with Bonnie for many years as switchboard operator for MeritCare, then Mike joined us at Sanford as a courier. We enjoyed many laughs with Mike, Tracy, & her family, both at work, at the races, out-and-about, etc. Mike’s genuine, friendly smile will be missed by many! RIP ~

  3. I am sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. The last time we saw him was years ago at the VA Hospital when he came to visit my dad, Norman Hoaby. That was a kind thing to do. I know he will be missed by many.

  4. So sorry for your loss cousins. Prayers for all of you. This was a shock since he was still a young man. Take care and God Bless

  5. So sorry to hear this news. This is truely one of those times I wish I would have taken the time to have visited more with Mike over the years. Obviously we don’t always have plenty of time to put those things off.

  6. My heartfelt sympathies to Mike’s family and extended family. Mike was always so helpful and often checked in my elderly parents to see if there was anything he could do to help them. Know that others who have lost to some extent understand your grief and send love and support.

    Cousin – Terri Olivieri

  7. Thoughts and prayers to Mike’s family. We will miss him up north in Cando, kind of his home away from home for many years. So many fun times with this talented, fun man. Heart as big as the outdoors. Paintball hunting, waterfowl hunting, deer hunting, golfing. He was always there to lend a hand and always had a smile on his face. Will miss you brother.
    Komroskys (Lonnie, Laurie, Tanner & Ashley, Jayden)

  8. Rest in peace brother Mike. You will be missed by myself, and the millions of people you knew and who loved you! Although me and you had many ups and downs with our brother/sister relationship, I know we both loved and cared for each other. Say hi to mom for me, as I am sure you are with her. All these years after mom’s passing, I still always note the time when it says 9:08 (our old address) and I think of mom. Now I will be thinking of both of you.

  9. Oh my, so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing… the wonderful memories we have of bowling and softball…you were a great friend Mike!

  10. We are so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing Tammy. We enjoyed meeting him this past year at the Point. We appreciated his help at the Old Pavilion. Blessed be his memory. Hugs.

  11. Mike was one of the first kids I met when we moved to Fargo in 1969. A friend and classmate from 4th grade on.
    Always a smile as we would cross paths after high school.. My sincere condolences to the Hoaby family.

  12. So sad to hear this news, Michael was a very great person and will be missed. Lots of very fun times will forever be in my heart.

  13. So sorry to hear of cousin Mike’s passing. I have fond childhood memories going to the house while mom and Bonnie had coffee and visited. I loved seeing Tammy, Tracy and, of course, Mike. Sending my heartfelt condolences to all who loved and knew him.

  14. I was so sad to hear of your brother’s passing. I have such fond memories of Mike. Even the last time I saw him (which was several months ago), he made a point of walking over to say hi to me …. I’ll never forget his big bright smile and kind heart.
    Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, Tammy.

  15. Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother, Tammy and Tracy. You both would babysit my sister and I. Juanita and Shelly Fliflet.

  16. Mike was one of the first people I met when I moved to Fargo in 1987. It all started by me playing cord vb with him in moorhead. Thanks for many great memories, Mike. Rest In Peace.

  17. Sorry to hear about Mike’s passing, he was such a great guy!!! He surely will be missed!!!
    ReNae Mathison (cousin)

  18. We are so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. He was such a good guy, we are going to miss him. Sending our deepest sympathy to everyone who loved him.

  19. I met Mike back in the 70’s in Fargo. We lived on the same block and went to the same schools through high school. He was slightly older than myself. The kids from the neighborhood: Kevin Stark, Ed Pedersen, Steve Moderow, Craig Dickey and myself would all hang out. Mike was good at getting everyone together to either go bowling, play street hockey, smear the guy with the football or whatever it may have been. During the Fargo snowstorms, we would hitch on the back of car bumpers and go for rides down the street and maybe a time or two throw a few snowballs at cars. We also played pick up hockey games at Mickelson Field when they would flood the field in the winter. I recall Mike being a very good skater. Later, I remember going to watch him race stock cars.
    I had not seen or spoke with Mike for a very long time, but I can say we had a lot of good times together. It is very sad to hear of his passing, especially at his age. I hope he still had his zeal for life in adulthood as he did when he was younger.
    I send my condolences to his family and God bless.

  20. Want to say thak you to Kelly Pavlish. Pretty sure isn’t the right forum, But going to do it anyways. To the to Pavlishes ,to the Starkes, to the Moderows, to the Weavers, to the Sauls, we did have a good neighborhood growing up in! Sorry if I forgot anyone, this was just our immediate block.

  21. Tracy & Tammy – so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing – it’s tough losing a sibling. Many great memories from the North Fargo neighborhood growing up! Sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

    Tracey (Saul) Braeger

  22. I worked with Mike in Dilworth at Western Fruit Express. He was a very good worker and person. It was a pleasure. Sorry to hear of his passing. Preyers to the family.

  23. Mike and Family, I am saddened to hear of Hockey Mikes passing. As a fellow NHS Spartan Hockey Player I know back then that we had passed the puck back and forth. You are gone but not forgotten.

  24. So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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