James Robert Jorstad, 85

Published 10:37 am Thursday, December 29, 2011

The funeral service for James Robert Jorstad will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 First St. SE, Hayfield, Minn. Rev Paul Hauschild will officiate with reflections by the Rev. Myrwood Bagne. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Hayfield, with military honors by Hayfield American Legion Rothie Post 330.

Jim, 85, passed away Dec. 27 at his Hayfield home.

James Jorstad

Jim was born Dec. 9, 1926, in Hayfield to L.J. (Lawrence) and Agnes (Engebretson) Jorstad. He graduated from Hayfield High School in 1944, served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, and is a 1949 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. He married Shirley Olson in Dodge Center, Minn., on Sept. 21, 1952.

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From 1953-1962, Jim was employed by the Internal Revenue Service and Small Business Administration. The family returned to Hayfield in 1962, when Jim began his banking career with Citizens State Bank. He and partners purchased the bank in 1967. Jim was an active member of the Minnesota Bankers Association, serving as its president from 1987 to 88. Jim was involved with a number of Minnesota banks well into his 70s.

Community service was a huge part of Jim’s life. He was a charter member of the Hayfield Lions Club, serving as its president, as well as president of the Ashby, Minn., Lions Club. He is a past commander of the Hayfield American Legion and served on the Hayfield School Board. Other involvements included Trinity Lutheran Church Council, Gamehaven Council of the Boy Scouts, and the Oaks Country Club.

Jim is survived by his wife, Shirley, Hayfield; sons, David Jorstad, Hayfield, and Paul (wife Brigitte Reuther) Jorstad, Plymouth, Minn.; grandsons, Anders and Bjorn Jorstad; sister-in-law, Lois Jorstad, Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Gessner and brother, Robert Jorstad.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 501 Second St. NW, Hayfield, and one hour before the funeral service. Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church Building Restoration Fund or donor’s choice.