|Lester Kolstrand, 85|
|Written by TRF Times|
Goodridge - Lester Kolstrand, 85, died on Thursday, December 1, 2005 at Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 5, at Ekelund Lutheran Church, rural Goodridge, with Rev. Bob Dahlen officiating. Casket bearers included Henry Hermanson, Rodney Hoffman, Paul Odette, Jeff Bakken, Sam Hermanson, Tim Hruby, Joe Hruby Marvin Bakken and Ernest Mostrom. Honorary casket bearers included Dr. Brett Vibeto, Dr. Sanjay Patel, Maggie Melgaard, Nursing Staff at Northwest Medical Center and staff at CNC1. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
Lester Berdeen Kolstrand was born on July 1, 1920 on the family farm in Star Township, Pennington County, the son of Peter and Nettie (Sanner) Kolstrand. He was baptized into the Christian Faith on November 21, 1920 at Ekelund Lutheran Church by Reverend G. A. Hanson. He attended Fairview District 56 School and has lived his entire life in the Goodridge area.
Lester farmed and milked cows through most of his adult life. He was an avid trapper in early years and enjoyed hunting and feeding the birds. Lester had an obsession with bears and wildlife. He ran a sawmill and cut rough lumber for many of the neighbors.
In his later years Lester enjoyed gardening and sharing the produce with his family and friends and the animals. He was a very independent, strong and kind man and was always willing to help family and friends when in need. Lester enjoyed dancing and loved his family, especially all the kids. Lester and his sister, Pearl always picked the wild raspberries and strawberries and the family all enjoyed sharing them with fresh cream from the cows they milked.
He was a member of Ekelund Lutheran Church and a past member of the Eagle’s Club in Thief River Falls.
Lester is survived by nieces and nephews: Alvina (Henry) Hermanson of Goodridge, MN, Lora Nyland of Goodridge, MN, Arlene (Lloyd) Tanum of Goodridge, MN, Fern (Eldon) Groven of Elk River, MN, Delores Hefel of Dubuque, Iowa, Gilda (Larry) Kotrba of Goodridge, MN, Lori (Vance) Wiseth of Goodridge, MN, Lorraine (Ernest) Mostrom of Goodridge, MN, Irene (Clyde) Bendickson of Lavina, Mont., and Justin Hanson of Minneapolis; and many great nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews; and great-great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, Jesse Hanson, Melvin Kolstrand, Gladys Hanson, Hazel Hanson, Pearl Kolstrand, Ruby Kolstrand, Ramona Kolstrand, Nora Casavan, Ruby Kolstrand, Reuben Kolstrand, Clifford Kolstrand, Mae Manderud and Opal Kolstrand.