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John David Tofte

May 26, 1946October 31, 2020
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John David Tofte, 74, of Seadrift , Texas passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on October 31, 2020 at Memorial Hermann Hospital of Houston. John was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota on May 26, 1946 to Clara and Ingvald Tofte. He was raised with his two brothers in Grand Forks and graduated from Central High School. After graduating he attended Wahpeton State School of Science and received a degree in Architectural Drafting. While working for the planning Department for the City of Fargo he obtained his Urban Planning degree from North Dakota State University. John then accepted a position at Moore Engineering in West Fargo as a building inspector. Later he worked for the Cities of Park Rapids and Princeton, MN and Green River, WY as a city planner and economic development director. John joined the Army National Guard in 1970 and served 6 years. He married Mary Gross on March 27, 1976 in Lake Park, MN. They had two children and spent most of their years in Fargo, ND. After retiring, John and Mary built a home in Seadrift and spent their winters in Texas and summers in Hensel, ND. John enjoyed building structures. He was always building something, a garage, garden shed, or finishing the basement rooms of one of the homes where they lived. He especially liked anything associated with water and would spend hours sailing at the lake. After retirement he planned and enjoyed tending the vegetable garden at their home near Hensel, ND. He would go for a walk and meet someone (whether he knew them or not) and would engage in long conversations with them. Anyone who knew John knew he loved to talk. John is survived by his loving wife, Mary Tofte, a son, David Tofte of Fargo, ND, a daughter, Jessica (Jeff) Gfeller of Duluth, MN, two granddaughters, Kaitlin and Megan Gfeller of Duluth, a brother Lloyd (Esther) Tofte of Fargo, ND, and a sister-in-law Pat Tofte of Fargo, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Otto Tofte of Sykeston, ND. A viewing will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 2:30-3:30 at First Lutheran Church in Tivoli. Funeral Services will begin at 3:30 at the church with Pastor Jim Gicklhorn officiating and military honors under the auspices of the Calhoun County Joint Honor Guard.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary P. Tofte, Wife
  • Ingvald Tofte, Father (deceased)
  • Clara Moldester Tofte, Mother (deceased)
  • David Tofte, Son
  • Jessica (Jeff) Gfeller, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Lloyd (Esther) Tofte, Brother and Sister-in-law
  • Otto Tofte, Brother (deceased)
  • Pat Tofte, Sister-in-law
  • Kaitlin Gfeller, Granddaughter
  • Megan Gfeller, Granddaughter

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Dakota Telco

November 9, 2020

Mary, we sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

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Ken & Valerie Kowal

November 7, 2020

Mary, we just learned of John passing. We will miss him and his visits to our home. We are sorry for your loss and keep you in our prayers. All our love. Ken and Valerie

Wayne Deb Soens

November 6, 2020

So sorry to hear about John. Even though your time in Princeton was short I enjoyed the stories and adventures you would share with us at work. Our thoughts and prayers for your family. Wayne and Deb

Roger Fenstad

November 6, 2020

Mary
So sorry to hear about John. Have lots of fond memories of our many years working together and the old annual Christmas party trips.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Roger Fenstad

Kip Moore

November 5, 2020

Shared many good times and worked together for many years
so sorry to hear about Johns passing thinking of you Mary and
and family

Thanks for calling about his passing story in Fourm today as
paper only come out twice a week now

Sorry we can't be at funeral

Kip

Lloyd and Esther Tofte

November 5, 2020

We are thinking of the special memories of times with John. Lloyd remembers when Christmas was coming in Grand Forks, that John and he would climb the steep stairs to the attic, push up the trap door and reach into the enameled roaster for Krumkake or Sandbakkles. We each took one at a time so mother wouldn’t notice!
Otto, John and Lloyd all had skies. They often went to a steep hill one block from their house. We made our own fun!
When driving around town, daddy would load all five of us into the one seat 1934 Model A Ford. When we went to Turtle River State Park, daddy took the lid off the trunk and we rode in the trunk!
John was very artistic. After we were married, John gave us a 30x40” sketch of the old silo near Otto ‘s lake cabin. Lloyd framed it and we hung it behind our couch in our trailer home. We wish we still had it.
He was a doting uncle and gave Glenn and Nathan huge stuffed gray mice for Christmas one year.
It was always interesting to follow John and his dreams. When we would get together, we would often be looking at a new property. Toad Lake was so special. Family memories of camping, swimming, sailing, and relaxing are attached to that place.
We will be missing John’s visits and phone calls.
At this time we are praying for God to comfort, guide and encourage you.


Carol (Hogenson) Kronbeck

November 5, 2020

Mary and family,
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Know that many are sending you prayers in the days ahead.
Take care.

Ann + David Zick

November 4, 2020

Mary,
May the love of God surround you with his compassion, grace + love. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
From your church family.
Dave + Ann

Diane Roehrich

November 4, 2020

Mary,

I am so sorry to hear of John's sudden passing. I have made a donation to the Hospice of the Red River Valley in John's memory.

I am so glad you two were able to live your dreams and go sailing!

God bless!

Diane Roehrich

Amy Joy Tofte

November 4, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. John certainly added spark to the Tofte family. I could always count on a hearty conversation and his even heartier laugh. We are praying for all of you.

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Island Time

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Spending time with Island Time

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Jessica's wedding

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Sailing with Mary on Leach Lake

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Creating memories of hard work and relaxation at Toad Lake

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David and two of his Army Ranger buddies

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John and Megan in Duluth, MN

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