|Vernon Naastad, 81|
|Written by TRF Times|
Fosston - Vernon Naastad, 81, of Fosston, died on Wednesday, March 2, at Innovis Hospital in Fargo, N.D.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 7, at Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. John Dalen officiating. Honorary casket bearers include Charles Goldsmith, Gordon Goldsmith, John Hopke, Arvid Anderson, Dennis Eckeberg and members of the Spring Lake V.F.W. Post 2759 of Lengby and Tangen-Walstrom American Legion Post 114 of Fosston. Active casket bearers included Vernon’s grandsons, Matthew Agnes, Christopher Agnes, Ernest Agnes, Jr., Branden Naastad, Seth Molden, Vance Naastad, Jimmy Naastad and Nathaniel Molden. Interment will be in Kingo Lutheran Cemetery in the spring. Military rites will be conducted by the Spring Lake V.F.W. Post No. 2759 of Lengby, and Tangen-Walstrom American Legion Post No. 114 of Fosston.
Vernon Edward Naastad was born on June 21, 1923 in Aitka, Saskatchewan, Canada to parents Lorentz and Louise (Berglund) Naastad. He was baptized in Canada and confirmed on April 22, 1939 by Rev. G. Gulberg at Cross Lake Lutheran Church in Queen Township, rural Fosston.
It was also in Queen Township where Vernon grew up and attended the Happy Corner country school. He then worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to entering the United States Navy in November of 1943. Vernon faithfully served his country until he received his honorable discharge in April of 1946. When he returned home from the service, Vernon did carpentry work building grain elevators in North Dakota and Minnesota.
He was united in marriage to Charlotte Irene Weeks on January 24, 1953 in Minneapolis. Together they lived in North St. Paul until 1961 when they purchased a farm north of Fosston. It was there that they farmed and raised their family for the next 15 years. Vernon also worked as a Foreman for the Brunswick Corporation for 35 years until his retirement. They moved into Fosston in 1976 and Vernon spent his retirement years working as a gunsmith. Charlotte passed away on April 3, 1995. Vernon continued to reside at his home in Fosston.
He was a member of Kingo Lutheran Church, the Spring Lake V.F.W. Post 2759 of Lengby (Past Commander), and the Tangen-Walstrom American Legion Post 114 of Fosston. He liked to play cards at the Pine to Prairie, was an avid hunter and was a trapper in his younger years.
Survivors include six children, Chuck Naastad of St. Paul, Sue Agnes of Fosston, Ronald Naastad of Fosston, Jean Naastad of Clearbrook, Loren (Shaunesi) of Reno, Nev. and Sharon (Larry) Trandem of Fosston; 23 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lester (Ethel) Naastad of Lengby; and one sister, Alene (Arvid) Clementson of Fosston; sister-in-law, Minette Naastad of Fosston; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and one brother, John. A00003B2005MR09