Molstad, Clebert Edward “Bud” (1922-2007)

Clebert “Bud” Molstad, 85, died Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 1, at Silver Creek Lutheran Church in rural Thief River Falls, with Rev. Ale Tulu officiating. Casket bearers included Ron Hamre, Vern Dokken, Ray Troy, Duane Molstad, Clay Molstad and Scott Molstad. Interment was held at the church cemetery.

Clebert Edward Molstad was born July 30, 1922 in Chisholm, the son of Oliver and Lena (Riedl) Molstad. He was baptized at Chisholm and confirmed at Silver Creek Lutheran Church. Bud attended country school in the Steiner area where his family had settled. His Dad died when he was 17 years old, so Bud had to stay home and work the farm and care for his family.

On November 7, 1948, Bud was united in marriage to Betty Nelson at Calvary Lutheran Church in St. Hilaire. They made their home on the Molstad family farm in Steiner Township and continued farming until 1984. To this union three children were born, Earl, Linda and Rodney.

In 1964 they moved into Thief River Falls where Bud purchased the A & B Radiator Shop which he operated until 1967 when he went to work at Arctic Cat. He worked there until 1984 when Bud had a back operation and semi-retired. He drove bus for the Thief River Falls School District for many years and was caretaker for both apartment complexes where he and Betty lived.

Bud was a member of Silver Creek Lutheran Church, the Eagle’s Club, and Odd Fellows. He enjoyed curling, fishing, hunting and playing in a band in his earlier years and in his later years especially enjoyed playing cards.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty of Thief River Falls; three children, Earl (Catherine) Molstad of Wausau, Wis., Linda (Bert) Hester of Edwardsville, Ill., and Rodney (Barbara Hanson) Molstad of Moorhead; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Larry (Sharon) Molstad of Thief River Falls; two sisters, Betty (George) Woolman of California and Dorothy Johnson of Warren; sisters-in-law, Marlys Molstad of Grand Forks, N.D., and Madonna Molstad of Thief River Falls; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; three brothers, Earl, Clayton and Oliver Jr.; and sister, Mary Ann Swanson; brothers-in-law, Ralph Swanson and Kermit Johnson.

Thief River Falls Times

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky