John Schjefstad StenvoldForman, ND: John Schjefstad Stenvold was born December 12, 1924 in Dunbar Township (northeast of Forman, ND) Sargent County, to John Arthur and Karine (Schjefstad) Stenvold. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church of Forman.
John Schjefstad Stenvold
Forman, ND: John Schjefstad Stenvold was born December 12, 1924 in Dunbar Township (northeast of Forman, ND) Sargent County, to John Arthur and Karine (Schjefstad) Stenvold. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church of Forman.
Johns father died in 1931 and John took over the farm and continued farming until 1992. The Stenvold Family Farm celebrated its designation as a Centennial Farm in 1987, and remains in the Stenvold name today.
John married Marlene Colby on November 5, 1949 in Webster, SD. They farmed together their entire marriage. John worked for Gilman Klefstad Farms for many years.
John had a farmers heart and spirit; he loved the land, and was a farmer first, foremost and always. He always told his children, “Hard work will never kill you!” and “If you work hard, you’ll feel better!” In February of this year, John was delighted to have been selected as the Valentine's Day King at the Four Seasons Healthcare Center. His family and friends will all recall his way of ending a lot of conversations, with his declaration of “Fun, fun, fun!”
John died Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at Four Seasons Healthcare Center of Forman at the age of 83.
John is survived by four sons: Dan, Park River, ND; Henry (Debra), Lidgerwood, ND; David (Verda), Fargo, ND; and Kirby (Karen), Britton, SD; seven daughters: Dawn (Tom) Roney, Oakes, ND; Sherry (Russell) Hosford, Forman, ND; Charlotte Carlson, Forman, ND; Cindy Stenvold, Gwinner, ND; Candyce Lehr, Cogswell, ND; Lori (Tim) Holey, Britton, SD and Lisa (Clinton) Kann, Britton, SD. He is also survived by his grandson, Joshua Stenvold, who John raised after Josh’s mother died in 1985. Twenty-three grandchildren also survive him: Mary Bakker, Tom and Troy Stenvold, Rob Roney, Todd and Travis Hosford, Brooke DeVitt and Bryce Carlson, Anna Stenvold, Heather Pagel and Amber Lehr, John, Austin, Laura and Carly Stenvold, Michael and Miranda Holey, Christopher and Casey Stenvold, Heidi and Dylan Crowe, Nick and Ethan Stenvold and eight great-grandchildren: Trevor, Dulce, Lucas, Madison, Carter, Jacob, Hailey and Alexis, and all of the young adults who called him “Grandpa John” and two sisters: Gladys Reyelts, Britton, SD; and Verna Fredrickson, Santa Fe, NM.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marlene in 1989, his daughters, Kathy and Patty in 1985, an infant grandson, his sister Ardis and his brother Kenny.
Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2008 - Trinity Lutheran Church, Forman.
Burial: Forman Cemetery, Forman, ND.
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the church, with a 7:00 prayer service, and one hour preceding the funeral on Monday.
Arrangements: Price Funeral Chapel, Forman, ND.