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Ronald Barstad

June 22, 1956 - December 14, 2011


5-7:00 PM, Sunday, December 18, Sts Anne & Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 PM, Sunday, December 18, Sts Anne & Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo.

Funeral Service:

10:30 AM, Monday, December 19, Sts Anne & Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo.


Holy Cross South Catholic Cemetery, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Ronald Barstad

June 22, 1956 - December 14, 2011


Ronald Allen Barstad passed away on December 15, 2011, at his home in Fargo.

Ron was born on June 22, 1956 to Arvid and Ione (Nordaune) Barstad in Williston, ND. He grew up in Williston and graduated from Williston High School in 1974. He attended North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton and North Dakota State University. Ron was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and graduated in 1978 with a degree in Architectural Design from NDSU. Ron met Beverly Tangsrud in January of 1975; the couple then married November 25, 1978 in Williston and were blessed with three children. The couple made their home in Fargo where Ron owned and operated Barstad Construction.

Ron was a member of Nativity Catholic Church and later Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo. He was an active member in the Knights of Columbus and Home Builders Association of Fargo Moorhead. He was a board member of FM Athletics youth football. Ron was a Teammaker for NDSU athletics and a Jamestown College Jimmie Booster.

Ron enjoyed his vacation to Mazatlan, Mexico and the great friends he made there. He looked forward to the annual Memorial Day weekend celebration with his high school friends.

Ron is survived by his mother Ione (Nordaune) Barstad of Williston; grandmother Sara Barstad of Tioga, ND; wife Beverly (Tangsrud) Barstad of Fargo; son Daniel Barstad of Denver, CO; daughters: Megan (Sidney) Mann of Jamestown, ND and Kelsey Barstad of Jamestown. Siblings: Mark (Linda) Barstad, Williston; Michelle (Stan Frasier) Barstad, Helena, MT; Rhonda (Jeff) Larmer, Gillette, WY; Nephews & Nieces: Ryan (Stephanie) Barstad, Grand Forks, ND; Courtney Barstad, Fargo; Amanda Larmer, Lahaina, HI; Nicholas Larmer, Larimie, WY; Camdon Larmer, Torrington, WY. He is also survived by many Barstad, Binde and Schwartz cousins spread throughout the United States.

He is preceded in death by his father Arvid Barstad; grandparents: Almer Barstad, Ida Nordaune and John Nordaune; great aunt and uncle Myrtle Jacobson and Jasper Eggen; aunt Marlene Binde and brother-in-law, Rick Jones.


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40 responses to “Ronald Barstad”

  1. Jane Stromme Bowling says:

    navarre OhioI was very saddened to hear of Ron’s
    death. I have many great memories of
    spending time with Ron in high school.
    My sympathies to Bev and Ione and the entire Barstad family-you are all in my
    Jane Stromme Bowling
    Williston High School Class of 1974

  2. Vicki (Knutson) Ernst says:

    West Fargo ND
    Dear Bev, Daniel, Megan & Kelsey,
    I was so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Please know that you all are in my prayers at this difficult time.

  3. Steven & Patrice Schumacher says:

    Savage MN
    Dear Bev and Family,

    Our sincere condolances as you move through this grieving process. Ron was an integral part of my SAE Pledge Class … And I am most sad about this loss. My recent visit with him @ the SAE 75th Anniversary Event was very enjoyable. His upbeat greeting was his trademark!

    Phi Alpha ‘Bro … Steven Schumacher

  4. Neil Jordheim says:

    Fargo ND
    Ron and I were not SAEs at the same time but became aquainted through SAE House Corporation activities. I have been a member of the House Corp for many years and really appreciated Ron’s knowledge and support of our house remodeling project. He was always optomistic and had a smile on his face.

    He has also been a special friend to my in-laws, Roy and Louise Johnson. I am their “go-to” guy for most things associated with their condominium in south Fargo, but when the jobs got to big Ron was the guy to call. I lost my father-in-law a year ago. Since then Ron has helped my mother in law with several large projects.

    We want to express our sympathies to the entire family.

    We will be sending a memorial gift to ND
    Beta of SAE in Ron’s memory.

    Neil & Nancy Jordheim

  5. Kathy Yohe says:

    fargo ndDear Bev and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the death of Ron. May God be with you all at this difficult time.

  6. roger burley says:

    lake havasu azBev, I enjoyed working with Ron way back in the day. God bless you and your family. Roger

  7. Tara Klungtvedt says:

    Glyndon Minnesota
    Many fond memories on Memorial Weekends and other times with Ron. Thoughts and prayers to Bev, Dan, Megan, and Kelsey. My heart aches for you all. Please let me know if you need anything.

  8. Nancy & Tyrone Johnson says:

    West Fargo Dear Bev and family,

    Tyrone and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We were the 1st couple that you guided through the Catholic marriage courses back in ’91-we have never forgotten you– and enjoyed running into you at stores and events throughout the years!
    Ron was a good person, always a smile on his face-and a williness to help those who asked for his building “expertise!”
    Please know you and your family are in our prayers at this difficult time.

    Nancy & Tyrone Johnson

  9. Brenda Tangsrud says:

    Rapid City SDAunt Bev, Dan, Megan, and Kelsey and other family. I am so sorry about Uncle Rons passing.My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love ya all very much. Brenda

  10. Laura McKown says:

    Fargo ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, the family of Ron Barstad. Ron was a bright spot in my day when I would see him come into the Lumber yard. As an alumni of ND
    SCS in Architectural Drafting, he gave me advise and inspiration to keep moving forward.

  11. Paul Suess says:

    Williston N. Dak.I am sorry about Ron’s death.We were High School classmates of “74”. Your family is in my prayers.

  12. Calvin Volk says:

    West Fargo North Dakota
    Blessings to Ron’s family, Ron will be missed.

  13. Cheryl Wolf says:

    Jamestown North Dakota
    Dear Barstad Family,

    God’s Blessing to you all. I am sorry to hear the loss of your husband/father.
    Your Jimmie family will hold you all close to our hearts today and the tomorrow’s to come. God’s Blessing! Cheryl

  14. Paul and Nancy Olson says:

    Fargo ND
    Bev and Family:

    We are so shocked and surprised of Ron’s passing. He is a great person, father and friend. We will all miss him.

    Our best wishes to everyone during this difficult time. You are in our prayers.

    We will see you at the service this morning.

    Paul and Nancy Olson

  15. Scott D. Sandland and family says:

    Ron and I first met back in ’84-’85 when both of our businesses were starting. Ron had a gift for ferreting out solutions for other businesses and home owners that had problems in the construction world. He set a great example for what it takes to be fair and keep people happy. My deepest sympathies to his friends and especially to his family. Ron, you will be missed.

  16. Kim Ramsey says:

    Houston TexasIone,Mark,Michelle and Rhonda.
    I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s death. You are all in my Prayers.

  17. Ron and Karen (Ring) Sillerud says:

    Dickinson ND
    Bev, we were so sorry to read about your husband’s passing. We heard a lot of fun things about your family from our great niece Lindsey, who loved the time she spent with your family.

    May the memories of the good times you had as a family be with you all at this difficult time.

  18. Dave Anderson says:

    Moorhead MN
    My condolences to all of Ron’s family and friends. I met Ron years ago through the HomeBuilder’s Association and worked along side him in many HBA projects and committees. Ron was always willing to donate his time and talents to activities including the building of wheelchair ramps, setting up the Fall Home show “garage sale”, and the RENEW house rehab project. He will be missed in the association and the building industry of Fargo/Moorhead.

  19. Lee & Mari Kvam says:

    Detroit Lakes MN
    Bev & Family,

    So sorry to hear about Ron. Are prayers are with you and your family.

    Lee & Mari Kvam

  20. Marguerite Samuel says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Bev and family,

    My prayers are with you as you bury Ron. He always had a smile and warm greeting when I would see him.

    One of my last memories of Ron is at a Sunday Mass at Sts A and J where there was a little boy who got sick to his stomach. Ron got up, got paper towels and cleaned up the mess without hesitation. I was touched by his kindness in helping out the family.

    Peace to each one of you. Sincerely, Marg Samuel

  21. Clyde Rarh says:

    Apple valley Will always remember the good times at the frat house.

  22. Lorne L Monson says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    I met Ron in the 80’s when I started my own small company and we did work for him. Subsequently, our paths have crossed a number of times at local sporting events where our conversations were always lively, to the point and very enjoyable. Always a solid handshake and look in the eye. I pray that you be given the grace to transform your life from his physical presence and hope the memories of a life way too short provide you some comfort in doing so.

  23. Robert (Bob) Klug says:

    Fuquay Varina North CarolinaCoyotes, Class of ’74

  24. Patrick Matuska says:

    Fargo ND
    Worked with Ron in the mid 80’s. I learned at lot about construction/remolding in general from Ron. He got it done. Sad news. Work will keep me from the funeral.

  25. Diana Kjelshus Tangsrud says:

    Arvada COI am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  26. Sarah Dobmeier says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Bev, Dan, Megan and Kelsey,
    We were so sad to hear about Ron. I know his heart was always full of love for all of you. All of you were his pride and joy. Wish there was something I could say to help ease your pain. Turn to God and lean on Him. He will listen and heal your hearts and give you comfort. Love and peace to all of you.

  27. Neil & Jolean Pederson says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless and take care.

  28. Liz Braun says:

    Newport WADear Sister Bev and Daniel, Megan & Kelsey, Ione and family: We are so, so sorry for your loss and grieve with you all. Our arms and prayers are wrapped around you in this difficult time. All our love, Liz, Heather and Aleks.

  29. Jan Ness Schlaht says:

    Bev & Family,

    Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.


    Jan & Steve Schlaht

  30. Robert/Kathleen Bennett says:

    Fargo ND
    The deapest sympathy to you Bevery & all of your family. God Bless you all.
    Robert AND Kathleen Bennett

  31. Paul Baker says:

    Hutchinson MN
    (formerly Willyville) I remember walking to school with you Ron, you will be missed.

  32. Ron Williams says:

    I’m sorry that we’ll be out of town during the services. Although our connection had grown thin over the years, it’s been fun knowing your kids as they grew. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all in the coming days.

  33. Brian and Nancy Malchert says:

    Fergus Falls MN
    We were so, so sad and shocked to hear of our dear friend Ron’s death. I (Nancy) will remember with fondness Ron resting his elbow on my head in high school and way beyond.

    Our “Memorial Weekend Gang” brings fond, fond memories of Ron as well.

    We love you Bev, Daniel, Megan and Kelsey. You are all so special to us.
    ~Our sympathy and prayers to you all.~

    Goodbye dear friend Ron. We will always and forever miss and love you. XXOO

  34. Chuck Trapp says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Ron and I were friends for many years. I was there in the stands with him at Lambeau Field and when life wasn’t quite as much fun. So long, old friend. You will be missed . . . . .

  35. Roy Wasche says:

    Ron was a friend to me. I have happy memories of Packers games at Lambeau Field, and Super Bowl parties in Fargo.
    Go Ron – Run to daylight!

  36. Kathleen M. Bennett says:

    Fargo ND
    Beverly & extended family..
    Thoughts/PRAYERS are with all of you at this time of sorrow. May God be with you all in your healing.

  37. Maureen Bosch Ming says:

    Bev & Michelle,
    So sorry to hear about Ron’s death. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families during this difficult time.
    Loyally in AGD,
    Maureen Bosch Ming

  38. Julie Marxen says:

    Fargo ND

    Bev, Dan, Megan and Kelsey,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May your memories give you strength.
    Larry, Julie and Michelle Marxen

  39. Brooke and Paige Pedersen says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Bev, Megan, Dan, and family:
    We are very saddened by this news. Your family will be in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers! We know and understand that lately it has been very hard for your families. We wish you all the best with deepest sympathy!

  40. Karla and Galen Schell says:

    Fargo ND
    Bev, Megan, Kelsey and Dan,
    Many prayers to you and your family.
    May wings of God’s Angels comfort you.

    Karla and Galen Schell

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