Nustvold, Robert Joseph (1935-2010)

Spring Valley, Wis., – Robert Nustvold, 75, of Spring Valley, died peacefully on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 at The Pillars Hospice Home in Oakdale.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Silver Creek Church in rural Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Golv officiating. Casket bearers include Brian Nustvold, Dan Nustvold, Kurt Nustvold, Dennis Schumann, Garrett Nustvold, Aaron Ostermann, Dallas Nustvold and Colten Nustvold. Honorary casket bearers are Robert’s brothers, Ronald Nustvold and Richard Nustvold. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post 117 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793.

Interment will be held at Silver Creek Church following the service. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Wednesday.

Robert Joseph Nustvold was born on April 1, 1935 in Minneapolis, the son of Clifford and Elizabeth (Helstrom) Nustvold. He was baptized and confirmed in Minneapolis at Olivet Lutheran Free Church. Robert attended school at South High School in Minneapolis.

Robert’s grandfather and grandmother, George and Jorgine (Klungnes) Nustvold, settled in the Thief River Falls area in the early 1900s. His great-grandparents, Anton and Elisabeth Nustvold, emigrated from Norway to Adger Township in Marshall County, with their children including George in the 1880’s. Robert spent summers in Thief River Falls as a teeneager since he was 12 with his father’s cousins, Amanda and Irv Russell helping out on the turkey farm that they owned.

Robert entered the United States Navy on Oct. 12, 1953. He proudly served his country during the Korean War and was part of the Fighting SeaBees (Mobile Construction Battalion) and served in countries including the Philippines and Guam. He was Honorably Discharged on Oct. 11, 1957, after completing his term of active obligated service, and continued listed as a reserve member through Sept. 5, 1960.

On June 22, 1957, Robert was united in marriage to Shirley Arata in Santa Barbra, Calif., while he was still in the service. Robert and Shirley made their home and raised their family of seven children together in Bloomington. He worked his entire life in the elevator industry and was a proud member of Local No. 9 Elevator Union. In the ’80s, he retired due to a medical condition.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Shirley of Spring Valley, Wis.,; six children, Brian Nustvold, Susan Nustvold, Linda (Dennis) Schumann, Kurt (Terri) Nustvold, Daniel (Elizabeth) Nustvold and Heidi Nustvold; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers, Ronald Nustvold and Richard Nustvold; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, David; his parents, one sister, Geraldine Kopacek

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky