Harry Bolstad
1932 - 2020
August 23, 1932
December 22, 2020

Harry Bolstad

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.

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Published by La Crosse Tribune from Dec. 24, 2020 to Jan. 3, 2021.
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Sincere condolences for the entire Bolstad family. I mourn with you as I also celebrate Harry's life. What a blessing he has been in my life. Words will never express the loss I feel. Yet, I will continue to research family history, share memories, honor the past, revere the family members as I had the privilege to do with Harry.
Sincere heartfelt sympathy, always. Know how much I care.
Ann Ulrich Walker
February 18, 2021
Harry was a friendly, likable person to know. I first met him and Ardis when I joined Sognefjordlag. He was one of the first president's of this Norwegian history, genealogical and local preservation group. He passed on much information about his ancestral local in Norway. When I joined the board, I always looked forward to seeing Harry and Ardis at our Sognefjordlag meetings, including annual gatherings. As the current president of this group, I am sending Ardis and his family our heartfelt sympathy,
Lucy Ghastin
January 4, 2021
Harry was a terrific guy. I recall his steadfast support of my dad´s (Pastor Roland Schwandt) ministry at Our Savior´s Lutheran Church in the late 1960s. Very best wishes to his family during these days of remembrance.
David Schwandt
January 3, 2021
We always enjoyed meeting Harry through our Sons of Norway as well as seeing him as a volunteer at Gundersen. He was so kind. Our sympathy to Ardis and his family.
Joe and Carol Stekel
January 3, 2021
Prayers from your neighbors. We will miss Harry´s friendly smile and greetings. God Bless!
Duane & Janice Moore
January 1, 2021
Harry taught me a lot during my stint at Trane company. He had many great stories and always cared about others. Rode his bike to work daily. Definitely touched my life in a positive way. God bless .
Lynn Meyer
December 28, 2020
Harry will be missed. I remember him singing in a in High School with my Brother Leon. Graduated with Tom Hirsch, my husband.
Jo An Hirsch
December 28, 2020
This is to express my sympathy to Harry's family. I had the privilege to work with Harry in the Trane Centravac Sales Dept. He was a genuine guy. I did not know Harry's church background, but he lived his Christian values every day. For many years it seemed like it was not possible to go to Gundersen Clinic without seeing and talking with Harry who served as a volunteer. WHAT a VOLUNTEER!! ( Harry had a sense of humor - I like the "Reverend Mother " story.)
Firman Schiebout
December 27, 2020
Harry was a great guy. he was always full of kindness and knowledge. He had that quick wit and sense of humor. My deepest sympathy to Ardis, Kris, Scott and Mark. I'm so very glad that I got to know Harry thru church.
Cheryl Vieth
December 27, 2020
So sorry to read of Harrys passing. He was always friendly and kind. God bless his memory.
Tammy Potaracke
December 27, 2020
A man of class and dignity. I appreciated kindness at work. You will be missed by many.
December 27, 2020
My sympathy to the family.
Dottie Pierce
December 27, 2020
So sorry for your loss,Harry was a nice man.
Victoria Tollackson Yttri
December 26, 2020
Harry was such a faithful member of Our Saviors. And I still smile remembering how whenever he called the church office he asked for "The Reverend Mother."
Pastor Rachel Mithelman
December 26, 2020
So sorry to hear of Harry's death. He was active at Our Savor's Lutheran Church when I was a member there. I was in the choir there with Harry and his wife.
Sharon (Wall) Evenstad
December 26, 2020
Scott, I´m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
Karen Kraus Rosencrance
December 25, 2020
We remember Harry from his days singing in the Choral Union, and after that for his continued support of music in La Crosse. Barbara also has fond memories of his daughter Kris, who was one her very first students at Uw-La Crosse. Our sincere condolences to Harry's family.
Barbara and Paul Rusterholz
December 25, 2020
Mr Bolstad wore a big smile everytime we saw him. He raised a wonderful son, Scott, that we are fortunate to call our Central HS classmate and friend! May God bless the family and friends with His peace and comfort during this time!
Special K '79
December 24, 2020
Harry was my next door neighbor when I was a young child on the farm .. He will be missed by many ... me included...
Donald Krause
December 24, 2020
A friend, a mentor, a friendly smile at work.
Don Eppelheimer
December 24, 2020
My deepest sympathy, when I am at the riverside park, Harry always stopped to talk to me when he was out walking.
Darlene Kroner
December 24, 2020
So sad, my sympathy , will miss seeing Harry at the park, he always stopped to talk.
Darlene Kroner
December 24, 2020