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Gary L. Hofsommer

Gary L. Hofsommer, age 81, died Thursday, August 12, 2021, at Mitch’s Care Home in Portland, OR. Gary was born November 28, 1939 in Oakes, ND, as the son of Edward and Lucille Hofsommer. The family moved to Fargo in 1949 where he grew up and graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1957.

Gary is survived by Jean, his wife of more than 28 years; his daughters Stacy (Tom) Koffel and Jennifer Hinkemeyer; five grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, his mother, his sisters JoAnne Reger and Linda Kuehl, and his daughter Michele (Charlie) Curtis.

He deeply loved his family and enjoyed many family gatherings. He never missed one of his children’s events, like a swim meet or a PTA conference. One of his fondest memories was spending summer weekends with his family at West MacDonald or on his parent’s houseboat on Leech Lake, MN. Late in life, he enjoyed taking country drives to explore our beautiful country. Gary and his wife visited Kawaii, the Redwoods National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Mt. Saint Helens, Silver Falls State Park, the Ozarks and so many other beautiful areas.

He enjoyed sharing his passion for cars with family and friends. His passion for cars began in his teens when he bought a Studebaker directly from South Bend, IN. Late in life, he liked souped-up 1980 – 81 El Caminos. He was a founding member of Swanks Car Club. In his youth, he and his friends enjoyed showed off their cars cruising down Main Street, Fargo.

For 40 years, the Hofsommers ran Fargo Excavating Company providing construction services in North Dakota and Minnesota. They were instrumental in laying nearly all of the new fiber optic cable across the State of North Dakota and the upper Midwest during the 1970s and 1980s. After his father died, Gary and his mother closed the business. After that, Gary was passionate about passing on his knowledge and experience to others. He not only taught at Central Lakes Community College, but also provided training for unions, federal, state, and local governmental agencies.

Gary was loved by many and will be missed.

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