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Garfield "Gary" Restad

March 30, 1941 - February 02, 2015

Gathering:

1-2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

Memorial Service: 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Burial:

North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan at a later date.

Arrangements:

Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Garfield "Gary" Restad

March 30, 1941 - February 02, 2015

Obituary

Garfield “Gary” Restad, 73, Fargo passed away Monday, February 2, 2015 at Essentia Health surrounded by his family.

Gary was born March 30, 1941 in Langdon, North Dakota to Melvin and Fern (Henderson) Restad. He grew up and attended school in Calvin, North Dakota graduating in 1960. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in November, 1960. He served for 20 years.

He married Mary Pelofske on September 18, 1965 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell, Minnesota.

He worked for Hibbing Public Utilities for 23 years, retiring in 2003.

Gary’s passion was riding motorcycles. He raised a team of Belgian horses and participated in pioneer days in the Hibbing area. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He would never miss a game or meet of any of his children or grandchildren. He was an active volunteer at many organizations.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary, Fargo, ND; children, Pam (Jim) Cronin, West Fargo, ND, Chris (Sara) Restad, Woodbury, MN; grandchildren, Reed, Keegan, Leah and Holly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Fern Restad, special persons, Burt and Wilma Henderson, brother, Kent, sister, Karen.

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27 responses to “Garfield “Gary” Restad”

  1. HAROLD AND KIM (KEMPEL) NYSTROM says:

    DEVILS LAKE NORTH DAKOTAOUR THOUGHTS AND

    PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME;

  2. Bob & Carol Blake says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Bob & I didn’t know Gary’s name was Garfield, enjoyed the visits at family reunions. ;

  3. Brenda Beck says:

    ARVILLA ND

    We are so sorry to here of your loss. We remember Gary fondly as an active member of the Larimore community. Your family is in our prayers.
    In sympathy,
    Kelly and Brenda Beck
    Everett and Arlene Paulson;

  4. Brent Kempel and family says:

    Devils Lake ND

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers!! So sorry for your loss.;

  5. Harold and Kim (Kempel) Nystrom says:

    Devils Lake North DakotaMy thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time
    ;

  6. Cleo & Vern Koppelman says:

    Moorhead MNWe knew Gary as a fellow church member.
    He as always a fun to talk with, a strong Christian, and I could see many of my Army NCOs in him.;

  7. Brent Kempel and family says:

    Devils Lake ND

    Our deepest sympathy is with you all.;

  8. Cleo & Vern Koppelman says:

    Moorhead MNWe knew Gary as a fellow church member.
    He as always a fun to talk with, a strong Christian, and I could see many of my Army NCOs in him.;

  9. Marvin&Sharon Brakel says:

    fargo ndGary will be missed by all. Still cannot believe he is gone. You have our deepest sympathy.;

  10. Staci Berg says:

    Wahpeton Pam, Jim, Reed and Keegan,

    Sorry for the loss of your Dad/Grandpa. May you find comfort in the memories now and in the future.

    With Deepest Sympathies,
    Tim, Staci, Jacob and Hunter Berg;

  11. Tim, Staci, Jacob and Hunter Berg says:

    Wahpeton Pam, Jim, Reed and Keegan,
    Sorry for the loss of your Dad/Grandpa. May you find comfort in the memories now and in the days ahead.;

  12. Colleen Taylor says:

    West Fargo ND

    May God bless you and keep all of you during this very difficult time. Prayers for all. Mary, my heart goes out to you. ;

  13. Jodell Farmer says:

    Horace Please know that you are all in our Thoughts and Prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss!!

    Sincerely,

    Jodell, Jeff and Brody
    (West Fargo School and Wrestling);

  14. Percy and Colleen Blake says:

    San Tan Valley AzMary and Families
    Our Thoughts and prayers are with you all
    Remember all the great memories of family and friends
    So sad for your loss Gary was a very fun guy to be around

    Our Sympathy

    Percy and Colleen Blake;

  15. Cheri Henderson Olday says:

    LAKE HAVASU CITY AZGood memories and good times are well remembered – will miss him and our sympathy to Mary and family. Hugs
    Cheri & Dave;

  16. Rick Schuh says:

    Maple Grove MinnesotaAllen and I have been remembering all the fun times we had hunting with Gary over the years. Very fond memories. You are all in our thoughts.;

  17. Brenda Henderson Toepfer says:

    Sunland CAGary was a special part of our family. I enjoyed his humor, his interest in others, and his fun laugh. I was immensely blessed by the time this past fall when he and Mary visited my family in LA. I will miss him, but I’m glad he is enjoying heaven. Farewell, brother.;

  18. Cleo & Vern Koppelman says:

    Moorhead, MNWe knew Gary as a fellow church member.
    He as always a fun to talk with, a strong Christian, and I could see many of my Army NCOs in him.;

  19. Brad and Sheila Larson says:

    Gardner ND

    To Mary and the family. We always enjoyed the rides and conversations with the both of you. Gary will truly be missed by those who have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    ;

  20. Dennis and Jackie Severson says:

    Gig Harbor WAOur hearts are heavy with the loss of a good friend. He will remain forever in our hearts and his memory will always bring a smile. Mary and family, our prayers are with you. Love you.q;

  21. Gene & Karen Grimm says:

    Hickson `ND

    Gary & Mary always provided a great atmosphere to the weekly rides. Gary was a true professional who added substance to all of the Gold Wing club events. He will be greatly missed.

    Gene & Karen Grimm;

  22. Heather Nekola says:

    West Fargo ND

    To all of Gary’s family I’m sorry for your loss. Praying for you all & thinking of you all at this time. God bless you all

    Heather Nekola ;

  23. Lisa Holm says:

    Superior WisconsinMary, Pam, Chris & families,

    My heart hurts for all of you! I cannot tell you how sorry I am for your loss! I feel so blessed to have such fond memories of times our families spent together.
    I’m wishing you whatever you need to help you get through this difficult time.

    Love to you all!
    Lisa Holm ;

  24. Carol holm says:

    Duluth MinnesotaWith heartfelt, deepest sympathy to Mary, Pam, Chris and all of the rest of the family. Gary will be sorely missed. He was definitely an amazing character! We send our love and prayers to all of you!;

  25. Dean Gwen and Dylan Johnson says:

    West Fargo North DakotaMary and family,

    We are truly sorry for your loss, Gary was a great Christian and role model for us all. He will be greatly missed by us all.

    We are praying for you and your family in your time of loss. Please know that we are here to help in any way we can.

    Dean Gwen and Dylan Johnson
    ;

  26. Vince Dicks, Commander DAV Chapter 1, Fargo says:

    Gary was very active in our DAV chapter and will be missed a great deal. Any meeting, any event, his sense of humor and willingness to serve others came through. He loved motorcycles and was a big part of our annual Motorcycle Rally to raise funds for Disabled American Veterans. We offer you a last salute my friend. Thanks for your service to our country and our veterans.

  27. Trey Restad says:

    He was a great uncle and I always looked forward to seeing him he was happy I chose a career as army infantry and he was happy I chose that r.i.p. Uncle

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