John Walstad, 66, Bismarck, died August 5, 2018. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., at Corpus Christi Church, in Bismarck. Burial will be held at the Fairview Cemetery.
A visitation with be held at the Bismarck Funeral Home on Friday, August 10, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a time of sharing beginning at 6:00 p.m.
John Michael Walstad was born in MinotND, on June 23, 1952. John was the youngest of five children born to Harris and Alyce (Cuffe) Walstad. John graduated from Minot High School in 1970. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Minot State College in 1975 and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota in 1978.
In 1980, John fell hopelessly in love with Jeanne L. Albrecht. John and Jeanne were married August 28, 1981, and spent 37 wonderful years together. She was the center of his universe every day of his life. John and Jeanne were blessed with three sons, a grandson, a large family, and treasured friends.
In 1981, John began working for the North Dakota Legislative Council, where he served the people of North Dakota for 35 plus years, retiring as its Legal Division Director in 2016. He was well respected by all who crossed his path and known for his wisdom, intellect, dedication, and integrity. His unfailing charm, kindness, respect, and wit was ever present in all his encounters with others. He treasured the countless friendships forged along the way.
John’s greatest love was his family. He was the foundation of a very close family and was happiest freely giving of his time and talents in support of loved ones. Over the years, John coached his sons, and hundreds of neighborhood kids, on various baseball, basketball, and soccer teams. He was an exuberant Boy Scout leader, always imagining inventive merit badge activities, and loved taking his sons and their classmates on adventures frequently volunteering as a fieldtrip driver for his boys’ activities.
John was a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Twins. He loved to talk baseball statistics and history with any fan he encountered and wielded an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball. John was an avid fisherman sharing that love with Jeanne from the very beginning taking her to Canada on their honeymoon. He taught his boys to fish, most recently fly fishing, and looked forward to his annual “fish camp” with his buddies. A chef at heart and culinary adventurer made having a seat at his table a deliciously unforgettable experience. Time spent in the back yard surrounded by his family along with all their dogs (Sam, Lizzie, Magnus and Layla) near his garden was John’s idea of a perfect weekend. John loved travel and history, dedicating many family vacations to passing his passion for both down to his children. He spent 30 years perfecting the art of woodworking and was always available to his boys to help or fix anything (including egos and feelings). He was lighthearted and spent a lifetime sharing his favorite movies, books, and music and instilling his motto to “find or make the fun in everything.”
John will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him for his laugh that could light up any room, his voice that made people stop and listen, and his incredible knowledge which made him the lead on any trivia team. He gifted his sons his love of learning and his love of literature by reading stories, like The Hobbit, at bedtime which they will always cherish.
John is survived by his wife and best friend, Jeanne; three sons, Jesse and Mika (Neigum) Walstad, Daniel Walstad and his partner Timy Kukaj, and Matthew Walstad and his partner, Lindsey Rockwell; grandson, Elijah John Walstad; brothers, Dick (Jane) Walstad, Thomas (Pat) Walstad, Bob (Eleanor) Walstad; sister Mary (Roger) Hoffman; mother in law, Marie Albrecht; brothers and sisters-in-laws Randal Albrecht, Laurie (Dennis) Voegele, Kathy Albrecht; cousins, and dozens of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and countless friends.
Preceded in death by his mother and father, Harris and Alyce (Cuffe) Walstad; aunts Helen C. Anderson, Isabel M. Cuffe, Mary Lou Wilson, Carolyn Boulett, and Dorothy Roy; and uncles William Cuffe, and Orlow Walstad.