Laverne "Vern" Marvin Bolstad


December 11, 1937 ~ June 7, 2023

Born in: Colfax, North Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

Vern’s Live Streamed Memorial Service can be viewed below starting at 9:45 AM on Friday:

Vern Bolstad, 85, Fargo passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at St. Catherine’s North, Fargo.

Vern was born December 11, 1937 in Colfax, North Dakota to Lester and Marjorie (Boyer) Bolstad. He graduated from Colfax High School in 1954. He worked for his uncle on the farm before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1957. He married Ilene Johnson on May 3, 1958 in the Chapel of Trinity Lutheran Church, Rapid City, SD. He continued to serve in the Air Force before being honorably discharged in 1962.

They continued to make their home in Rapid City where he worked in banking before moving to LaSalle, CO to continue his career. They moved to Fargo in 1964 where he worked for Dakota National Bank for several years where he started as a loan officer and advanced to Senior Vice President. He then became owner and operator of I-29 Standard Station from 1978-1981. He also ran the Bucking B Ranch in Moorhead, MN where he trained, bred, and boarded quarter horses. Finally, he oversaw Corwin all car leasing before becoming general manager of Corwin-Chrysler-Dodge. He moved to LaCrosse, WI where he worked as the general manager of Dahl Ford Motors. They moved back to Fargo in 1996, where he started Midwest Auto Brokers and was finally able to enjoy retirement starting in 2015.

He loved spending time hunting and fishing, especially going to Devils Lake and spending time with his family. Becoming a grandpa was one of his pride and joys and he loved holding his new grandchild whenever he could.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ilene, Fargo, ND; children, Lynn (Dawn) Bolstad, Fargo, ND, Todd (Tammy) Bolstad, Fergus Falls, MN, Brenda (Steve) Iverson, Moorhead, MN, Cindy (Kyle) Schaefer, Valley City, ND; 6 grandchildren, Logan (fiancé Jordie Salwei) Bolstad, Vergas, MN, Courtney Bolstad, Birmingham, AL, Alex Iverson, Bemidji, MN, Blake Iverson, Moorhead, MN, Brady (Kari) Sahr, Shevlin, MN, Tyler Sahr, West Fargo, ND; 2 great-grandchildren, Gracie Jo Sahr, Bella Marie Sahr; sisters, Judy (Ron) Metcalf, Fargo, ND, Becky (Roger) Moe, Walcott, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Vern’s family would like to give a special thank you to St. Catherine’s North and Hospice of the Red River Valley for the kindness and care shown to Vern in his final days.

Celebration of Vern’s Life: 10:00 A.M. Friday, June 16, 2023 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 9:00 A.M.

Interment: Fargo National Cemetery, rural Harwood, ND.

Video Tribute:


Celebration of Life - Friday: June 16, 2023 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Visitation - Friday: June 16, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103



Fargo National Cemetery
8709 40th Avenue North, Co Rd 20
Harwood, North Dakota 58042

(701) 451-4650

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  1. Ilene and family I send my deepest condolences to you and your family on behalf of the family of your cousin Clifford Johnson.

  2. I first met Vern when I started my banking career in 1970. I called upon him on more than one occasion to get some advice as new banker. Later when I started a career an auto auctioneer I reconnected with Vern at Tri-State Auction/ Adesa in West Fargo. I truly enjoyed and appreciated his friendship. My sincere condolences to his family.

  3. To the family of Vern Bolstad;
    Our sincere condolences to the family with our love and prayers sent your way from Colorado.
    Vern was the first to help us when we lived next to his parents, Marge and Lester in Colfax and a tornado went through our town. Vern and his family showed up with a bobcat helping us to take away all of the beautiful trees that were once standing so tall in our yard now destroyed by the winds. I ran into Vern often while visiting his mother in the assisted living after Lester passed. He was very family involved.
    RIP Vern and May the Lord hold the family strong during their journey without you.
    Mark and Rebecca Anderson, Brighton, CO

  4. I worked for Vern at Corwin Chrysler. Vern was the most down to earth person I ever knew. He loved a good prank always had a smile on his face. I worked for a few general managers but he was the only one who would gladly help out to clean cars off and help move cars on snow days, and stick up for the salesman. Rest in Peace Vern.

  5. We are so sorry to hear about Vern’s passing. He was a wonderful boss back in the 70’s when I worked at Dakota Bank. He ran a great crew and many memories were cherished. Our deepest sympathies to Ilene and family. Wally and Mary Ann Loran

  6. I’d like to offer my deepest condolences to Vern’s family. I had the honor of getting to visit Vern just a couple of times with my therapy dog, Misha. I was able to meet one of his lovely daughters on one of those visits and it was clear how much he was loved and adored by his family. On our second visit Vern was sleeping when we arrived and I decided to just wait until he woke up and I’m so glad I did. We were able to spend about a half an hour with just him. He enjoyed watching Misha perform tricks for him and giving her treats. He petted her gently as she sat in the chair next to him and we talked about his family and his dog at home. I asked about pictures in the room and he proudly told me about them. Though he was clearly tired, he was happy to visit with us. I was so sad to find out that that had been our last visit with him. I wish we’d had more time with Vern, but I also know that he lived a full life and was ready to rest. In the short time we spent with him it was obvious that he was a kind and gentle soul with a good sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Rest in Peace, Vern.

  7. Sorry for your loss.
    I really enjoyed being around him. He was always good for a good laugh.
    I bought a few vehicles from him was always a great transaction he will be missed.

  8. Sending our love and prayers for you and your family at this time. We shared many happy memories together at family gatherings.
    Our love Rusty and Geri Fiek

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