Albert Hoistad, Jr., age 91 years old, was born May 25, 1928, on his parent’s farm in Degroat Township, Ramsey County, ND.
Albert Hoistad, Jr., age 91 years old, was born May 25, 1928, on his parent’s farm in Degroat Township, Ramsey County, ND. Dad passed away on April 26, 2020, at his home in Missoula, Mont., with family members at his bedside after a courageous and graceful battle against recent development of complex health problems (non COVID-19). Dad is survived by; his wife, Helen, of 69 plus years; and three sons, Dean and his wife, Meredith (Missoula), Dale and his wife, Denys (Mukilteo, Wash.) and Dick (Seattle, Washington). He had three grandsons, Michael (Boise, Idaho), Benjamin (Mukilteo), and Nathanael (Mukilteo). He was preceded in death by; an infant daughter, (Sandra Marie). He is also survived by; one brother, Garland (rural Devils Lake, ND) and many nieces and nephews. Dad was one of six siblings born to Albert and Julia Hoistad Sr. He is preceded in death by; his parents; his sisters, Ellen Mae, Betty; and his brothers, Joe and Glenn. He often rode horse to school and was confirmed at Chain Lakes Church. He enjoyed playing basketball on a team that took third place in a state tournament and graduated from Churches Ferry High School in 1947. Dad and mom, (Helen Wentz), were married on June 26, 1950, and started farming in Degroat Township. In the Fall of 1958, they moved to Dry Lake township, near Penn, ND. They continued farming until they retired in 1993. Throughout those years dad served as township clerk and was also, a leader of the Jolly Jokers 4-H club of Penn. In 2002, dad and mom moved to Lolo, MT, where they resided for 18 years prior to moving to an independent living retirement facility in Missoula. During these years dad enjoyed planting and growing things to beautify their yard, visiting and laughing with friends over coffee and sometimes adding a game of Pinochle. Dad was dedicated to the family - getting us horses to ride in the early years, following and enjoying our school sports activities and supporting us in many ways for a higher education that which he never had the opportunity to pursue. Through all of this he always had a positive attitude with a keen sense of wit. Farming illustrated his perspective on life. Over the years, he had crops that were rusted out, hailed out, dried out, and flooded out. His response to these events was one of his signature lines “It’ll all work out”. And when the big crops came in, he celebrated and was thankful. He felt fortunate in his life and shared what he had. Dad had the ability to see the big picture with prevailing common sense and wisdom. We are tentatively planning a celebration of dad’s life during the summer of 2020 pending the pandemic COVID-19 virus permits. In the meantime, we the family request no memorials be sent. We ask instead that you remember Al by planting something for yourself – a flower, a bush/shrub, a tree, or anything that grows. In this manner, his memory will be honored, and we will be grateful, and may all be blessed.