Timothy George Hoff, 76, of Cummings, ND passed away unexpectedly April 28, 2022 at Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, MN. Tim was born September 23, 1945 to E. George and Eunice (Nienas) Hoff in Grand Forks, ND. He attended country school in rural Northwood through mid-9th grade. He later served in the Army for three years and spent time in Germany. Following his honorable discharge from the service, he lived on the West Coast. He came back to ND and met “the tall brunette,” the love of his life Margaret Kay Weiker in 1968. They were married June 4, 1969 in Mayville, ND. Tim and Kay lived in Grand Forks before making Cummings their home in 1974 where they enjoyed raising their two daughters Katy and Leanne, proudly adopted from South Korea. He liked trying various business ventures, which over the years included a greenhouse, limousine company and tent rentals. In 1979 he began selling fireworks from the granary of his rural farmstead, and in 1983 he purchased Big Top Fireworks. After retiring from American Crystal Sugar Factory in 1998, Tim could usually be found all smiles, “wheeling and dealing” and brainstorming up new ideas at Big Top, with Kay by his side. Tim was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing trips, traveling around the US and taking trips to China until his chronic health issues started. He truly enjoyed visiting with all kinds of people, helping others and donating to causes he cared about. Most of all, he loved being a grandpa, dad and devoted husband. Tim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret Kay; daughters, Katy Hoff, Fargo, ND, Leanne Hoff, Bellevue, NE; grandson Kobe Kvasager and his girlfriend Autumn Harland Fargo, ND; siblings, Carolyn Johnson, Middle River, MN, Thomas (Joy) Hoff, Minot, ND; aunts, Dawn McNeeley, Vancouver, WA, Joanne Gay, Portland, OR; mother-in-law, Elsie Weiker, Cando, ND; brother and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews. Tim was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles Hoff, brother-in-law Delmar Johnson, father-in-law Sterling Weiker. The family would like to thank Sanford Health in Hillsboro and Fargo for many years of taking good care of him during his multiple stays.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Tim was such a sweet man and will truly be missed.
    Jeff and Glory White

  2. I am so sorry to hear this Kay. Tim had such a good sense of humor and always had “words of wisdom” when I would see him or talk on the phone with him. Cherish your many memories.

    Betsy Tate

  3. Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family, Kobe had so many wonderful things to share about Tim, his grandpa. And Autumn loved to smile and share so many good times as well. Enjoy his smile forever in your hearts🙏🏻🕊

  4. Kay and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your precious memories bring to you some laughter and joy amidst your tears. Huge hugs. 💞

  5. I am so sad to hear that Tim is gone. I think we all thought he was going to live forever. He had used up his 9 cat lives and then some with all the health troubles he had, but he always pushed through them and came back ready to dispense knowledge from his office chair. It just doesn’t seem possible that he has passed.

    When he wanted to he could put on the crustiest exterior you could imagine, but he always had that soft marshmallow inside that was ready to help out anyone he could. It’s funny, he had a temper that could make a grizzly bear back off, but one person I never saw him direct that temper at was his bride Kay. She is one of the strongest women I know and Tim knew he better treat Kay right or he would be in a world of hurt. 🙂

    Kay, I am sad for you and your family. May the good Lord carry you through this valley and keep you all supported and safe.

  6. Talked to Tim just a week ago. We reminisced about the past, the way Randi and Julie helped us. Sure will miss him.

  7. I was so sad for your passing. We knew for 21 years.
    When we first time met, I was a student, you came to my hometown because of fireworks business, and your appearance just like a bunch of sunshine to my world. You were a loving father and best friend for me, even we were living far away, our talking need across the pacific ocean, I could always feel like you were a neighborhood. You had a kind and gracious heart, you set a perfect example of love and friendship. You will be forever in my heart with all beautiful memories, I am sure you decency, sincerity and kind soul stay with us forever! We will always love you!

    Julie and family

  8. We will truly miss Tim! They were the first couple we met when we moved to ND. Rest in peace Tim.

  9. Hi Tim, If I know this day will come so fast, I will say well goodbye during our last meet in shanghai. You are a super nice and kind-hearted person. You and Kay changed so many students’ life and we will always appreciate for what you have down for us during the whole of our life. As well we will provide this love and positive energy to people who needs in the rest of our life. Thank you!! Miss you!!
    Kay, please take good care and we trust Tim will always be with us.

  10. The news that you passed away really shocked me. I have been expecting your next visit to China since your last trip.
    Your kind heart, broad smiles, enjoyable humor really impressed me a lot.
    You helped me set up the Liuyang International Fireworks Scholarship, invited some other international fireworks friends to join in this great charitable donation. Your chivalrous deed expanded to two campuses and assisted more than 60 students in need of help. Without your help they would have lost chances to finish their further educational dreams. It is you and your group who saved these lovely young kids and eventually brought them great career futures. Your great action at that time made headlines in Liuyang Daily, our local newspaper. I am always proud of your scholarship initiation, because I can feel your love expanding, now some of the kids who ever received your help are helping others in need in the same way as you did, and that is what you expected.
    You are a great man in my heart! You deserve our love and esteem forever!
    Here, I, together with my students who received your kind help, make three bows to you, to say:
    Thank you, Tim! You are long living in our hearts!

  11. I’m so terribly sorry to hear this,many thoughts and prayers to Tim.Thanks very much for Tim and Kay’s help,you change my life.Such a kind-hearted、truly、honest、great people gone, I am hurt.

  12. I’m so sorry to hear that. (Hi Katrina…Hi body…) I’ll never hear you call my name again, my dearest friend, good man is gone……Kay&your family,don’t be too sad. Take care of your body. we will accompany you in the side.

  13. When Julie told me Tim was gone, I burst into tears and was deep sad. I didn’t expect that the party in Liuyang city in 2016 turned out to be our last meeting. I am especially appreciate Tim and his family for helping me in my most difficult times and lighting up my life. It is my greatest luck to meet Tim. My parents are in a very special situation. Every time Tim calls me, emails me, he will care about them and ask them about their situation. My parents also feel very sad and lament that why so nice person can’t live longer. May the good Lord make Tim no any sickness, we will always miss Tim! Hope Kay and your family cheer up,take care of yourselves!

  14. Kay and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember the years Tim worked at American Crystal, and the phone calls after he left. It was always a lively conversation with Tim and fun to hear that voice on the call. God bless his memory. Comfort and peace to your family.

  15. Just found out, can’t stop crying. He is and always will be bigger then life. July won’t be the same without him, for me and my family. Kay, my heart aches for you and your family. In our 💕💕💕 forever.

  16. So sorry to hear about Tim. He was such a great guy & a pleasure to do business with. Condolences for Kay & his family. 💜

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