Rex E. Dramstad

HAVRE Rex Edward Dramstad, 65, of Havre, died of cancer Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Messiah Lutheran Church in Havre. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Rex was born May 4, 1947, in Glasgow, and he was the fifth of Etta and Al Dramstad's ten children. His family moved to Kalispell in 1957, where he graduated from Flathead High School in 1965.

It was during a year of study at Northern Montana College that he met his future wife, Kristine Weyh of Havre, at a Northern football game. Married in 1968 in Havre, Rex and Kris still enjoyed life together after more than 44 years of marriage.

Rex served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft electronics technician from 1968 to 1973, including duty on the aircraft carrier USS Hancock off the coast of Viet Nam. After his discharge from the Navy, Rex and Kris returned to Havre.

Rex began his career in law enforcement in Chinook in 1974, and soon after he transferred to the Havre Police Department. After 21 years of service there, he retired from the department as a captain. He then began working for the US Border Patrol and retired for good in 2009.

Rex was an avid fisherman and hunter. A good day for him was one where he could be out in the fields with his friends hunting for geese or getting his line wet fishing. His excursions generated a lot of stories, which his many friends will attest to.

Rex loved to garden. Many tables were graced with displays of his dahlias, and he generously shared many bowls of produce. He especially loved his pumpkin patch at the community garden spot, where he nurtured the largest pumpkins that he could grow. His skills as a woodworker also blossomed since his retirement, and recipients of his gifts of cutting boards or lazy Susans were most appreciative.

While Rex displayed a gruff exterior to some, he was a big marshmallow with his grandchildren. He loved taking Bryson and Ethan fishing. The concerts under the stars in Helena with fireworks were a highlight of their summers.

Rex is survived by his wife, Kris Dramstad of Havre; daughter Lana Dramstad (husband John Stimson); grandsons Bryson Robinson and Ethan Stimson of Havre; and sister-in-law Carol (Pat) Fewer of North Liberty, Iowa. Rex's siblings are Rita Bradford (Dick) of Louisville, Ky., Ellen Dramstad of Boise, Dale Dramstad of Bloomington, Minn., Don (Rhonda) Dramstad of Leesburg Va., Max (Sheila) Dramstad of Puyallup, Wash., Jim (Sarah) Dramstad of Trout Creek, Dick (Tracey) Dramstad of Arlington, Mass., Linda (Jon) Cavigli of Kalispell and Harold Dramstad of Helena; and he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; aunts; uncles; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials in Rex's honor may be made to the Havre Police Protective Association for Scholarships.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 22, 2013