Bennie O. (Rudolph) Smedstad Obituary (including all typographical errors), reported in the Starbuck Times, March 3, and March 10, 1938

Bennie O. Smedstad Rites To Be Friday

Bennie O. Smedstad, prominent farmer of White Bear Lake township, and for many years milkman in the village of Starbuck, died unexpectedly at the Minnewaska hospital Tuesday at 5:35 p. m. He had undergone an operation for appendicitis on Friday and was getting along nicely, when complications set in causing an internal hemorrhage. The second operation was performed on Monday. On Monday night two blood transfusions were given him. His youngest son, Vernon was the donor. Tuesday he seemed to rally but death came late in the afternoon.

He is survived by his widow, six sons and two daughters.

Funeral services will be held Friday at the Smedstad home at 1:30 and 2 o'clock at the Indherred Church. A complete obituary will be published next week.

Bennie Smedstad Is Laid To Final Rest

Bennie Smedstad, prominent and highly respected farmer of White Bear Lake, whose unexpected death on Tuesday of last week shocked and grieved the whole community, was laid to rest in Indherred cemetery following impressive Lutheran funeral services in the presence of a vast audience of relatives, neighbors and friends.

The services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. G. O. Forde, assisted by Rev. M. C. Johnshoy of the Fron congregation. Several anthems were sung by the Indherred choir. Mrs. Helen Ramstad sang "Eye Hath Not Seen," and Leo Sylvester "Behold a Host Arrayed in White."

Alfred Gorder, D. E. Finstad, Ingolf Aal, Anton Wollan, Carl Norland and Otto Olson were honorary pall bearers and Oscar, William and Lester Smedstad, Elmer Einarson, and Luther and Clarmont Kirkwold the active pall bearers.

Mr. Smedstad underwent an operation for appendicitis on Friday, Feb. 25, 1938, and seemed to be progresing as well as could be expected when he suffered an internal hemmorhage and passed away at 5:35 p. m. the following Tuesday.

He was born June 21, 1879, in Barsness township, son of the late Ole and Mathea Smedstad. He was baptized by the Rev. Reque at the Barsness church, confirmed at the Fron church by Rev. Koefod on Oct. 7, 1894. He grew to manhood in Barsness and continued to live there until the year 1916 when he bot the Trond Kirkwold farm in Minnewaska township where he continued to live until his death.

He was married on September 8, 1903, to Emma Kirkwold, who, with eight children survive him. The children are Franklin, Vernon, and Gladys living at home, Odell of Starbuck, Maxwell of Morris, Raymond and Edmund of Minneapolis, and Mrs. Joe Kleber of Cold Spring. He is also survived by five grandchildren, one brother, Olaf, of Starbuck, and two sisters, Mrs. Peter Einarson of Starbuck, and Mrs. E. O. Braaten of Minneapolis.

Among those from a distance who attended the funeral services were Mrs. E. O. Braaten and daughter, Doris, of Minneapolis; Mrs. Anstes Smedstad Lundeen, Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Kirkwold and Herbert Kirkwold of St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Torguson of Willmar; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Anderson, Mrs. Melvin Einarson, and Mrs. H. C. Norby of Morris; and Mr. and Mrs. Nels Nelson and Carl and Wm Nelson of Holmes City.

Bennie Smedstad was a god husband and father. He was always thoughtful of the needs and comforts of his family, even sacrificing his own comforts that they might have it better. He was deeply concerned when some of his beloved were ill and needed comfort. He visited his late brother, Alfred, frequently when he was ill and offered him encouragement and help in his hour of need. He frequently visited Peter Einarson before he, himself went to the hospital.

He will be sadly missed by his wife and children and also by other relative and friends, who deeply mourn his departure, but they have the consolation of knowing that he is at rest with his Heavenly Father.

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