Wolf Point Herald

James Bolstad

James S. Bolstad, 83, of Plentywood, died Nov. 1, 2013. 

He was born on the family homestead east of Homestead, Aug. 4, 1930.  He was the third of five children born to Kinley E. and Nora (Nelson) Bolstad. He spent most of his life farming and raising cattle within a mile of where he was born.

He received his schooling in Medicine Lake, graduating in 1948.

He met Mabel Adeline Torreson on a blind date in Fergus Falls, Minn., in 1951. They were married Sept. 4, 1954, at Park Center Lutheran Church near Hoople, N.D. That date was moved up a month because he got notice he had been drafted into the U.S. Army and was to report at the end of September.

After he completed basic training, he was assigned to Fort Knox, Ky., where they lived for 21 months, before coming back to the farm. When they got back home, they were expecting the arrival of their first child, Jeffrey Alan, who was born Christmas Day, 1956. They had three more boys, Ricky, Joel and Jonathan.

Besides raising cows and wheat, he was very involved in his community. He served many years on the Farmers Elevator board, the Sheridan County Soil Conservation board, the rural fire department board, Farmers Mutual Insurance board, Sheridan County Fair board and Land and Mineral Owners board. He was also a 4-H leader for many years.

He was very devoted to the Lutheran church, teaching Sunday school and serving as superintendent for many years. He also was active in the Kogudus Lutheran Retreat Ministry. He spoke at many churches in the area on behalf of the Gideons.

He was a Mason and his involvement extended to the Scottish Rite and the Shriners. He was devoted to the American Legion and served several years on the board for Montana Boys State, spearheading the effort to get northeast Montana boys to and from the annual Boys State.

He was also well known in the area as one of the Homestead Legionnaires, a men's gospel quartet.

Seven years ago, they retired and moved from the farm into Plentywood.  A full-blood Norskie, he adhered to the three tenets of a true Norwegian — Lutefisk, Lefse and Lutheran — rarely missing a lutefisk and lefse feed within a hundred-mile radius.

Family was very important to him and he loved having Jenna and Jackson grow up next door and rarely missed any of their many ball games. He loved to do woodworking and could build anything from a house or barn to custom made cabinets and furniture. Like most farmers, he was very mechanical and could fix anything. He enjoyed participating in trail rides in past years and was one of the cowboys on the Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, Adeline; brother, Harold of Story City, Iowa; sister, Marion of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sons, Jeff of Helena, Joel of Delano, Minn., and Jon of Homestead; five grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Donald and Kermit; and infant son, Ricky.

Funeral services were held at Plentywood Lutheran Church Tuesday, Nov. 5, with the Rev. Mark Taylor officiating. Masonic rites were held in conjunction with the Christian rites at the church; military honors by VFW Post 4018 and American Legion Post 58 followed the services at the church. Burial was at Big Lake Cemetery, east of Homestead.