August 30, 1949 ~ February 23, 2021
John's service will be livestreamed below at 2:00 PM Monday, March 1, 2021.
John Melvin Elstad, 71, of Fargo, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the Sanford Broadway Hospital, Fargo, following a short, courageous battle with lymphoma.
John was born August 30, 1949, in St. Paul, MN, to John and Florence (Carlson) Elstad. He grew up in Jamestown, ND, where he graduated from high school in 1967. He briefly attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, after which he worked for an auto parts store in Jamestown and began his illustrious career in firefighting as a volunteer firefighter. John married Linda Rethemeier on August 31, 1991, in Jamestown, subsequently living in Bismarck and Fargo. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Choralaire’s men’s singing group in Jamestown.
John loved his career as a fire fighter in Jamestown and Bismarck and served as a North Dakota state deputy fire marshal for 30 years until his retirement in 2014. He had a special interest in collecting fire-fighting memorabilia. John loved traveling with his wife, enjoying a cruise to Alaska and trips around the country from California to New York. They particularly liked their trips to Florida and Hawaii. John and Linda loved getting together with friends.
John is survived by Linda, his wife of almost 30 years, at their Fargo home; his brother, Donald (Nancy) of Jamestown; his sisters, Cathy (Bruce) of Colfax, WA, Pam Peek of Jamestown, and Jane Hess of Jamestown; 5 nephews, 1 niece, 3 great nephews, and 3 great nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife’s parents. He will be greatly missed by the many friends with whom he shared many cups of coffee and adventures across the country.