Harry Bolstad, 88, left his earthly home Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, due to viral pneumonia at Gundersen Health System, was in a Hospice room the last four days. He was born Aug. 23, 1932, to John and Sophie (Yttri) Bolstad in Viroqua. He graduated in 1950, from Viroqua High School and started at the Trane Company in 1951 to 1993, from a Centravac Plant to Centravac marketing. 1952 to 1954, was drafted in the Army and served in the Korean War. Married Ardis Volden, June 30, 1956 and had 64 years of church fellowship and serving, trips to Norway and Arizona, plus shared our love for music. Our daughter stated: "He believed in walking the talk," of his church and his faith. He was always thinking of others and loved calling family and friends to know how they were doing.
Harry was a natural leader and loved to serve, Was a president of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, a chairman of Social Ministry, when they in 1996, started serving Come for Supper meals, and they are still going today with very dedicated church volunteers. Was a president of the Sognefjordlag with members interested in that area of Norway. Harry's father immigrated from there, alone in 1923, at age of 25 and he joined an older brother, here in the Viroqua area. We were able to make five trips to this beautiful home area of his father's, north of Bergen. Harry was a president of the UW-L Quarterback Club and was asked to announce for the home games of UW-L football games, then also for the men's basketball games. He loved sports, especially the Packers and the UW Badgers football and basketball games.
Survivors are his wife; sons, Mark and Scott; daughter, Kristine Eickhoff; granddaughter, Cassi Eickhoff; brother, David (Maryann) Bolstad; sister, Susie Bolstad; sisters-in-law, Shirley Bolstad and Yvonne Bolstad; brother-in-law, Francis Volden; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded by parents; brothers, Tom and James; sister, Marlene Sisbach; nephew, Jon Bolstad.
A small family service was held Dec. 26, at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home. Very thankful for Dr. Parsons, Dr. Eckley, nurses, Mai and Emily, and Chaplain Marvin Jonasen. La Oss Leve for Hverandre: Let us live for each other. The words of this beloved Norske song were truly in Harry's heart and he lived them. As per Harry's wishes memorials can be given to Our Saviors Lutheran Church. PO Box 97, La Crosse. 54602; Gundersen Health System; Salvation Army; or an organization of your choosing. Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services of La Crosse is assisting the family. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.