Norman Hoiland

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Norman L. “Norm” Hoiland, 81, Minot, died Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and hospice.

Norman was born October 15, 1942 in Great Falls, MT, the second child of Odin and Lorraine (Ofsthun) Hoiland. He was raised and educated in Minot and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1963 serving on the USS Kittyhawk in the South China Seas. 

Norm returned to North Dakota and was united in marriage to Noreen Vetter on July 26, 1964. They lived in Minot and Norwich, prior to moving to Washington in 1966. He went to work for Tacoma City Light and Aerojet at the Naval Torpedo Station near Bremerton. When Aerojet moved, he became self-employed and started an unfinished furniture business in Tacoma. It was during this time that he and Noreen started a family with a son and daughter.

In 1972, the young family moved back to Minot, where he built his “blue” building on the east side of town and started an unfinished furniture and antique store named The Knot Hole. He became an auctioneer in 1973 doing many sales in and around Minot. In 1975, Norm became a real estate agent for Signal Realty and in 1989, he went to work as a brakeman for the Burlington Northern Railroad.  

Norm loved his two 1963 red Corvettes that he had refurbished. He and Noreen enjoyed cruise nights, cookouts and car shows with the Dakota Cruisers. He also enjoyed playing handball, hunting, fishing and spending time at the family cabin on Rice Lake. After retiring, he and Noreen built a summer lake home at Ft Stevenson near Garrison. They spent several winters in Casa Grande and Florence, AZ. In 2011, they refurbished a flooded home near the Missouri River outside of Bismarck to be near their daughter and her family. They returned to Minot in 2023.

Norm enjoyed a project as long as it was his idea and he was always willing to help others. He stayed connected with friends, family, Navy buddies and his grandkids over the phone and was known to “drop” in for a quick visit and a brownie. Norm was a friend to many. 

His loving family includes, wife, Noreen; children, Jay (Andrea) and Renae (Mike) Odegaard; 3 grandchildren: Ryan, Thomas & Casey; siblings, Jerry (Nancy), Gloria (Walt) Gay and Richard (Ellen); several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Norm was preceded in death by his parents and a step-grandson, Drew Leraas.

Graveside service: 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2024 at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Gathering of Family & Friends: Friday, January 19th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the lower level of The View, located at 2905 Elk Drive, Minot. Parking and entrance available on west side. Fellowship and lunch will be provided.
In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to Wreaths Across America.


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