Theodore ‘Ted’ Hochsprung

Theodore “Ted” F. Hochsprung, 85, Ruso, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in his home.

Theodore Fred Hochsprung was born March 30, 1928, a son of Fredrick and Synneva (Hauge) Hochsprung, in the Ruso area. He was raised and educated in the Ruso area, and worked for area farmers.

Ted was united in marriage to Darlene Lindteigen on Dec. 6, 1956, in Turtle Lake. Following their marriage they made their home in Riverdale until 1958 when they moved to Minot. Ted worked for Atlas Redi-Mix until 1973, when they moved to Ruso to assume operations of the Hochsprung family farm. A year later, Ted and Darlene partnered to purchase Lindteigen Construction, which was previously owned and operated by Darlene’s father, Edwin. Ted was involved with the Association of General Contractors (AGC) and became their president in 1989. Ted and a friend, Gary Haugen, designed and built the largest rock crusher in North America. It still operates today in the southern United States. In addition to the construction business, Ted and Darlene raised cattle, llamas and also farmed. He also served on the McLean County Fair Board and the Otis Township Board. After retirement, Ted loved to drive his miniature horse team and assist his daughter Karla and her family with their herd of miniature horses.

Ted had a lifelong interest in racing, building his first racecar in 1953 with Oscar Corum. The car carried the number “RU18.” Ted had many accomplishments during his racing career. He raced in every decade until 2010. In 1978, Kevin, his oldest son, and Ted became the first father and son race team. In 1998, Ted earned the distinction of oldest rookie in the Wisotta street stock class. He piloted a car built by his sons Kevin and Kory which was given to Ted for his 70th birthday, appropriately labeled with the #70. Following that year, the + sign was added. In 2008, Ted made history again joining his son Kory and grandson Keenon on the racetrack, becoming the only three generation racing team. Ted was also a lifetime member of the McLean County Racers Association of Underwood and the Nodak Race Club of Minot. He is also in the Nodak Race Club Hall of Fame.

Those grateful to share in his life: children, Karla (Dennis) Erickson, Kimm (Owen) Sundal, Kirk (Kathy) Hochsprung, Kory (Lindsay) Hochsprung; daughter-in-law, Mechelle Hochsprung; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Albert (Doris) Hochsprung, Marjorie Hornberger, Marlys (Roy) House, LouElla Anderson; sister-in-law, Maureen Hochsprung; brother-in-law, Byron Lindteigen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ted was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Darlene, son, Kevin Hochsprung; sisters-in-law, Joyce Gottschall and Carolyn Potter; brother, Robert Hochsprung; and a brothers-in-law, Bill Anderson and Wally Hornberger. Funeral service: Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 10:30 a.m., at Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.

Burial: Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m., at the Ruso Cemetery, Ruso.

Visitation: Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, with a public prayer service at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to an organization of donor’s choice.

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