Sigurd Karsten Rimestad, age 87, of St. Croix Falls, WI, went to be with his Savior Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
He was born May 26, 1927, in Hampden, ND, the youngest son of Martin and Sanna’s eight children. The family moved to Grand Forks, ND, where he graduated from high School.
At 17, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard stationed at Treasure Island near San Francisco serving on the ship Annapolis. After his discharge, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, and spent two summers with the US Forest Service in Idaho.
Sigurd transferred to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he graduated with a degree in physical education, a minor in history, and his master’s in administration.
He was superintendent of schools for 42 years in various school districts, with his last position in Taylors Falls, where he completed the consolidation between school districts and developed the Small School Model before retiring. Over his career, Sigurd was invited to guest lecture at various colleges, and published articles on rural education.
He was active in church, as well as civic organizations, including the Boy Scouts.
In his spare time, he enjoyed many hobbies including woodworking, hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, and boating. He took up watercolor painting in his late 70s, and was invited to several juried shows.
Sigurd loved good conversation, either in person or on the telephone, with interest in philosophy, religion, culture, politics, music, and sports especially hunting. He was a true renaissance man.
In 1951, Sigurd was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marilyn, celebrating 63 years in 2014. They have five children; Marty (Wanda) of Wisconsin, Kris Lance (Mike) of Kansas, Debbie Motley (John) of Minnesota, Kathy Westrum (Dick) of Illinois, and Sanna Raedeke (Dan) of Minnesota; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
Sigurd is remembered for his love of his wife, family, the Coast Guard, and his Lord.
Memorial services took place Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser, WI, with private family interment in Taylors Falls, WI. The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services assisted the family with arrangements; www.williamsonwhite.com.
The family prefers memorials to Peace Lutheran Church, 2355 Clark Road, P.O. Box 655, Dresser, WI 54009.