Ronald John Hoffart was born on September 22, 1941 in Rugby, ND to Joe J. and Angela Hoffart. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Rugby High School. He attended the University of North Dakota earning a Masters Degree in Accounting, while also being employed at the Business Office at UND and at his Uncle Frank’s shop in East Grand Forks.
He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene A. Aamodt, on September 5, 1964. Ron started his career in Wahpeton, ND where he was Assistant Business Manager at the State School of Science, and later was the Comptroller at Wil-Rich Manufacturing. During this time, Ron became the father of three beautiful daughters – Brenda Jo, Lisa Marie and Lori Ann.
Shortly after moving to Casselton in 1973, Ron struck out on his own and created Grouser Products, the business that he would tell people he “worked for” for the next 40 years. Although admittedly shy, he would come alive as he talked with major corporations about the products that he had designed and built. Today, Grouser metal tracks and Grouser tractor dozers blades can be found across the world. All started when one man decided to take a good product and make it the best that could be found.
Ron was a quiet, generous man. Although a man of few words, he spoke from the heart and the advice he gave made an impression on all those who were blessed to know him.
Ron passed away October 10, 2016 at age 75, at home surrounded by his family under the care of Hospice after a short, but hard fought battle with liver cancer. His smile and love will be greatly missed by his wife of 52 years, Marlene; and his daughters Brenda (Patrick) Nistler and their daughters Sara, Rachel and Katherine of Fargo; Lisa Hoffart of Fargo and Lori (Jeff) Mertens and their sons Jaxen and Adam of Eden Prairie. Ron is preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Johanna Grace Nistler.
Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Friday, October 14, 2016 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 6:00 P.M.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.
Private burial at Holy Cross South Cemetery, Fargo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials would be preferred to Nativity Church for the benefit of the JPII Education Scholarship Fund or to Hospice of the Red River Valley.