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Published May 24, 2013, 12:00 AM

Reuben Calvin Sjulstad

Reuben Calvin Sjulstad, 86, Champlin, Minnesota died on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Saint Therese Nursing Home, New Hope, Minnesota under the care of Hospice.

Reuben Sjulstad was born on June 3, 1926 in Little Chicago, Minnesota to Sigurd and Katherine Sjulstad. He was the third to the youngest of eight children. As a young child he lost his mother during childbirth. He was raised by his father and stepmother, Anna Sjulstad.

Reuben Calvin Sjulstad

Reuben Calvin Sjulstad, 86, Champlin, Minnesota died on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Saint Therese Nursing Home, New Hope, Minnesota under the care of Hospice.

Reuben Sjulstad was born on June 3, 1926 in Little Chicago, Minnesota to Sigurd and Katherine Sjulstad. He was the third to the youngest of eight children. As a young child he lost his mother during childbirth. He was raised by his father and stepmother, Anna Sjulstad.

Reuben enlisted into the Navy in 1944, where he completed his GED. May 2, 1946 Reuben married Edna Grasel. They had three boys, Kenny, Robert, and Steven. While living in Dearborn, MI he worked as a carpenter in the GM building. In 1957 Reuben began his career as an insurance adjuster which later led his family to Pontiac, MI. In 1962 he was promoted to a claims manager for most of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota and his family moved to Moorhead, MN. In 1971 Reuben and Edna moved to Green Bay, WI where Reuben retired from his career. In 1977 they built a year round home on Prairie Lake, just north of Pelican Rapids, MN where they lived until 1996 when they moved to the warmer climate of Punta Gorda, FL. Edna passed away on October 27, 2008 in Punta Gorda, FL. In August of 2010 Reuben chose to move back to Minnesota to be closer to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He settled in Champlin, MN.

Reuben enjoyed playing horseshoes, fishing, taking pontoon trips up the river with his grandchildren, and hosting "The annual Easter egg hunt", whether rain or snow. He frequently cleared snow off the lake so his grandchildren could ice skate. Reuben had a special love for animals, playing cards and chess, bird watching, and going for a stroll. He will be remembered as a true gentleman and for always putting other people's needs first. Reuben was involved in the Blue Line Hockey Club, the Lion's Club, the Elks Club and was also a Mason. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, MN for many years. His big heart touched so many lives while here on Earth.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, great granddaughter, Lily Donovan, four brothers and two sisters.

Reuben will be deeply missed by his three sons, Kenny (Elizabeth), Champlin, MN, Robert (Paula), Fargo, ND, and Steven (Marcia), Moorhead, MN; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and sister, Elayne DeMille, Everett, WA.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home in Anoka, MN with visitation from 10am-11am followed by the service at 11am and a luncheon immediately following the service. Burial will be at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.

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