|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1917|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 2010|
Norman Bolstad was born on July 13, 1917 on the Bolstad farm just north of Norwich, North Dakota. He was the twelfth of the 13 children of John L. and Inger (Emerson) Bolstad. He grew up around Norwich, working on the family farm until his graduation from high school.
It was the height of the depression and there was little work in Norwich, so he followed his older brother Clarence to Sandpoint. Norman did odd jobs around town and in the Palouse area before landing a job as a Forest Service barge operator on Priest Lake. He kept that job until he was drafted into the Army in 1941.
Upon completion of basic training, he was sent to radio school in Chicago and then to radar school in Florida. He was offered a teaching job at the school, but he requested overseas duty. He was assigned to the 564th SAW (Signal Air Warning) Battalion and sent to England. They were ashore in Europe a couple of weeks after D-Day and followed the fighting across France and into Germany.
In 1946 he was discharged from the 573th SAW battalion as a sergeant. Norman returned to Norwich and opened a welding shop and farm implement repair business.
While visiting in Sandpoint, he met Ruth Cunningham, and in November 1952, they were married. They bought the old Helmholtz farm on Pine Street and have lived there happily for the last 57 years.
During that time, Norman held various jobs around town including time at Patton and Anderson Garage, Cady and Pier, Pack River Mill and others. When he retired in 1978 he was the warehouseman at the Co-op.
Norman was a long-time member of VFW Post #2453 and served as chaplain and one term as post commander. He was a member of the VFW honor guard, serving in parades and at veterans' funerals.
In retirement, he enjoyed repairing equipment for his friends and neighbors and operating his own vintage farm equipment.
He is survived by his wife, one daughter and one son. He was the last of the 13 Bolstad children, but one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law also survive him, as do numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were conducted Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Coffelt Funeral Chapel. Inurnment followed at Pinecrest Memorial Park with military rites by the Bonner County Area Veterans.--Coffelt Funeral Services web site.
US Army W.W. II
Pinecrest Memorial Park
Plot: Division H
Created by: C Rhoades
Record added: Aug 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95743707
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