Ernest Frederick Oistad, the son of the late John and Albertina (Fredrickson) Oistad, was born on May 15, 1919, at Strandquist, MN. He attended school and grew to manhood there and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He graduated from Strandquist High School. On Feb. 15, 1941, Ernie was united in marriage to Theresa Kranz at Greenbush, MN. The couple lived at Greenbush and Strandquist for a short time prior to moving to Thief River Falls and in 1944, to Karlstad. Ernie served with the U.S. Army from March of 1944 until Nov. of 1945, serving in Rhineland, and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received in combat. Following discharge, he returned to Karlstad and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for almost 30 years. Ernie worked for Collins Funeral Homes for a number of years and also for Germundson Furniture for several years. He was the oldest WW II veteran in the community and the oldest retired Karlstad firefighter, as well. He was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church of Karlstad and served on the church council as will as serving on the Karlstad School Board for a number of years. He was a member of both the Strandquist and Karlstad American Legion Posts. Theresa passed away May 15, 2009. Ernie passed away at the Karlstad Senior Living Center on Thur. morning, March 3, 2016, at the age of 96 years, 9 months and 18 days.
He is survived by four daughters: Margaret (Herb) Law, of Beltrami, MN, Charlotte (Gerald) Johnson, of Moorhead, MN, Grace (Robert) Wheeler, of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Myrna (Donald) Oettinger, of Lakeville, MN; one son: Gregory (Brenda), of Moorhead; 14 grandchildren: 40 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; one brother: John (Maxine), of Karlstad; special nephew: Paul Oistad, of Karlstad; in addition to many nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, 3 sisters: Palma, Marie and Florence; and 7 brothers: Herbert, Loyal, Gilbert, Wilbert, Oliver, Richard and Palmer.