Stuart James Klefstad, 62, resident of rural Pekin, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at the Nelson County Health System Hospital in McVille.
Stuart was born Aug. 25, 1950, in McVille, the son of Arnot and Mercedes (Messner) Klefstad. He grew up and attended school in the Pekin and Tolna area, and graduated from Tolna High School in 1968. He attended college at Lake Region State College at Devils Lake, North Dakota State University at Fargo and received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Stuart joined the North Dakota Highway Patrol in 1972. During his 29 years of service, he was stationed in Cando, Grafton, Devils Lake and Minot, and retired as captain in 2001. He continued his service as a security guard for the Federal Building in Minot from 2001-2010.
Stuart married Cecilia Zach in September 1972 at Fairmont. Together they had four children. Cecilia passed away from cancer in 2004. In August 2008 Stuart married Shirley Erickson in Pekin. They made their home in rural Pekin at Stony Acres.
Stuart enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his grandkids. He was known to have a good sense of humor and was quite the jokester. He was an avid Fighting Sioux fan and enjoyed attending many hockey games.
Stuart is survived by: his wife Shirley; four children, Luke (Nikki Jo) of Grand Forks, Connie of Grand Forks, Carri of Minot and Laura (Blake) Williams of Mohall; two stepdaughters, Tami (George) Langstaff of Austin, Minn., and Amanda (Jim) Maskey of Bismarck; siblings, Betty Ann Bina of McVille, Judy (John) Bata of Centennial, Colo., Linda (Craig) Halvorson of Langdon, Alan (Gayle) of Tolna, Sheila (Tim) Halvorson of Pekin, Lanny (Tammy) of Pekin, Marsha (David) Hendrickson of Colfax and Bruce of Pekin; nine grandchildren, Katelyn, Brett, Cameron, Easton, Alayna, Emma, Gavin, Jacob and Samuel; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
Stuart was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cecilia; brothers-in-law, Duane Bina and Gene Larson.
A Celebration of Life for Stuart will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. in the Sheyenne Lutheran Church, rural Pekin, with a time of fellowship to follow at the Pekin Community Center.
Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Bjorlie and the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
There will be a prayer service on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Sheyenne Lutheran Church. People are encouraged to wear Fighting Sioux attire.
Interment will be in the Klefstad Family Cemetery, rural Pekin.
Arrangements with the Stanley-Iverson Funeral Home of McVille.