David Olstad, 78, of Hanska died Monday, October 20, 2014 at the North Memorial Trauma Center in Robbinsdale. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Lake Hanska Lutheran Church in Hanska with Pastor Sarah Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4 – 7 p.m. Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Saturday.
David is survived by his wife, Marlys Olstad of Hanska; son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Jill Olstad of Farmington; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and David McCord of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, Vicki and Ron Budrik of Albert Lea, Stephanie and Doug Millard of Hugo; grandchildren, Kai, Will, Benjamin, Erin, Jackii, Jada, Jazmin, Julia, Felix, Emily (Joe), Nicholas, Joshua, Isabelle; great grandchildren, Kamryn, Carson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Lee and Ed Schotzko of Sleepy Eye, Betsy and Russell Rogotzke of Springfield; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Olstad-Morton (Craig) of Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Isaac Glasser; and brother, Charles Olstad.
David Porter Olstad was born on January 12, 1936 in New Ulm to Porter and Adelia (Schmiesing) Olstad. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Ag. Economics from the University of Minnesota and studied in Sweden with an agricultural exchange program. On July 8, 1961 he was united in marriage to Marlys Rasmusen at the Tracy Lutheran Church. David worked in business in St. Paul for two years and then returned to the farm in 1963. He held leadership positions in: Lake Hanska Lutheran Church, Farm Bureau, Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Lake Hanska Township, and the Farmers Coop in Hanska. He enjoyed playing his tuba, singing in many musical groups, and his car club. David was a life long active member of Lake Hanska Lutheran Church in Hanska. www.mvfh.org.