Bridger Hoffer

Minot, ND

Aug. 10, 1999-Nov. 17, 2020

It is with heavy heart

that we must say “see you

later” to a young man who

made our world spin a lit-

tle faster. On August 10

1999, Bridger arrived

shortly before 1:00 p.m.,

all arms and legs and a

round little face, so per-


He quickly grew into a

little boy and had the

hearts of those we entrust-ed to care for him while

we worked. They loved

him as their own and kept

meticulous notes each day

so we knew what he was

up to. He was excited to

start school and learned

quickly. In the 2nd grade,

he and his friend Patrick,

took one of their class-

mates under their wing as

he was having a hard time

with his schoolwork. His

empathy for others fol-

lowed Bridger into his

teen years as he worked

his way up the ladder at

Triangle Y Camp, near

Garrison, ND, where he

spent every summer from

the age of 7 to 20. His

camp friends have said

over and over again how

compassionate he was

and how he could easily

turns a kid’s bad day into

a good one. He had a way

with helping kids over-

come homesickness,

loneliness and feeling left

out, and turned it around

making their camp experi-ence the best he could.

His friends were impor-

tant to him. They will

miss him, but not forget


Bridger had two main

passions starting at an

early age, Boy Scouts and

Triangle Y Camp. He at-

tained the highest rank in

scouts, becoming an Eagle

Scout at age 14. The gar-

dens at St. Mark’s Luth-

eran Church completed

his Eagle Scout project.

His other passion was Tri-

angle Y Camp. He and his

friend, Aaron, attended

for the first time as 7 year

olds. They attended every

year after that. Bridger

then became a valued

member of the camp staff.

His dedication to the “Y”

continued as he worked

as the Aquatics Director

up until his death.

Bridger attended Minot

State University, majoring

in political science. He

worked for two tax sea-

sons at Brady Martz and

Associates accounting


He liked a routine, but

could change on a dime if

needed. He loved to read

from an early age and that

continued until his last

day. Books were found

everywhere from his

room, to his office, to his

backpack, to his truck.

More recently, Bridger be-

came very interested in

politics and was never

afraid to try and sway

anyone to his way of

thinking. He voted in his

first and last Presidential

election and his mom had

the privilege of being

there with him. He was

proud to do his civic duty.

And he really liked to de-

bate the issues.

Bridger is survived by:

his parents, Joel and Rae

(Schobinger) Hoffer; aunts

and uncles, Janet and

Hank Boe, Fargo, ND, Jack

and Myra Schobinger, Vir-

ginia Beach, VA, Roxy

and Dave Uhlich, Tioga,

ND, Myron and Joyce

Bauer, Green Bay, WI,

Sandy Frantsvog, Sharon

Hoffer and Loren Hoffer,

all of Minot, Lynette

Stensby of Florida, and

Sandy Hoffer, Bismarck,

ND: as well as numerous

cousins and his best

friend, his dog Bentley.

Bridger is preceded in

death by: his

grandparents, Melford

and Ardis Schobinger and

Arnold and Bertha Hoffer.

Bridger will be greatly

missed and forever loved.

Bridger would be honored

to have any memorials be

given to Triangle Y Camp

to help kids get the ex-

perience of a lifetime.


The funeral service for

Bridger will be held on

Saturday, November 21,

2020 at 1:00 p.m. at St.

Mark’s Lutheran Church,

Minot. Face masks are re-


Visitation will be held

on Friday, November 20,

2020 from 5:00 p.m. until

7:00 p.m. at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot. Face

masks are required.

The service will be

livestreamed for the pub-

lic to view and can be ac-

cessed by going to

YouTube at






Those wishing to sign

an online guest register

are kindly asked to go to



Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot, ND in

charge of arrangements.