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    Thief River Falls - James Tostrup, 76, died on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 while going for a Sunday drive with his youngest daughter and youngest granddaughter.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 at New Hope Lutheran Church in Newfolden, with Pastor Ollie Urdahl officiating. Casket bearers include  James’ grandchildren. Honorary casket bearers include all of James Tostrup’s family and friends. Interment will follow at the Viking Cemetery, Viking.
    Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday at the church.
    James Arthur Tostrup was born on May 10, 1935 in Viking,  the son of John and Mabel (Urdahl) Tostrup. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Viking. He attended the Gustafson Country School in Viking Township, Viking Elementary School and Newfolden High School.
    Following high school, James worked on the farm for Dale and Kenneth Peterson near Warren.
    On March 23, 1957, James was united in marriage to Ruth Ada Hanson at the Viking Covenant Church in Viking. To this union, four children were born, Faylin, John, Naomi, and James. The first two years of their marriage, James and Ruth worked for Clyde and Verna Christensen near Thief River Falls. In 1960, James went to work for Border Drug in Thief River Falls where he worked for the next eight years delivering sundry items throughout the region.
    In 1964, the family made their home on the Rud farm south of Viking, where they operated a small grain and dairy farm.  At that time, James also worked nights at Shetler’s in Thief River Falls. In 1967, the family purchased the Martin and Lucille Nelson farm southeast of Newfolden, where they continued to farm and raise their family. James also worked for a short time at Arctic Cat, and from there spent 24 campaigns at the American Crystal Sugar Company in Drayton, N.D.
    James considered it a privilege to farm with the help and support of his wife and children.  He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and his family history including his Grandpa Mathias Tostrup who was one of the first white settlers in the area that later became Viking. Mathias also donated the land for the Viking Cemetery.  In the later years, he enjoyed the threshing shows and bluegrass festivals.
    James was a charter member of the Rindal Church in New Solum Township, near Viking.  He was also a member of the Sons Of Norway and the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers.
    Survivors include his loving wife of almost 55 years, Ruth of Rosewood; children, Faylin (Steve) Myhre of Abercrombie, N.D., John (Sherry) Tostrup of Viking, Naomi (James) Lee of Thief River Falls; 10 grandchildren, Zachary (Whitney) Myhre, Ethan Myhre, Isaac Myhre, Justin Tostrup, Jason Tostrup, Jeremy Tostrup, Desire Aehlert, Dannica Eilers, Alex Aehlert and Alisha Lee; great-grandchildren, James Anderson and Mason Reinert; sister-in-law, Evelyn (Carlyle) Mugaas of Roseau; niece, Sherrie Tostrup of Seattle, WA; cousins, Lillian Lund and Pastor Ollie Urdahl; and many other relatives and friends.
    He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; infant son, James; and brother, Mervin Tostrup.
    Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
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