Gone But Not Forgotten - K. H. Volstad obituary

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Friday, August 12, 1921
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K. H. Volstad passed away Tuesday morning at his home in Lyle after a lingering illness with cancer of the stomach. By his death Lyle and community is deprived of a faithful and devoted Christian, a true neighbor and worthy citizen. There was no sham in his life; he was the same to all. He had a fixed purpose in view and he turned neither to the right or to the left for popularity or fame. In his humble way he lived a consecrated life for his Master and was an example to those about him. He was interested in the welfare of the community and was known throughout the Northwest as one of the staunch workers of the Scandinavian Gospel Mission Society, an organization incorporated in Minnesota in 1897, of which he was president, for years. He was interested in Missions and supported the cause literally at home and in foreign lands. In the great temperance work he was likewise greatly interested and supported the work with time and means. He knew his Bible and his God, and his exemplary life was a rich heritage to all who knew him.

Knut H. Volstad was born September 2, 1858, in Nevada township, Mower county, on the home farm, where he lived until he moved to the village of Lyle just six months before his death, which occurred August 9, 1921, at 3:40 a.m.

On February 5, 1894, he was joined in marriage to Mathilda Christianson, at Sand Creek, Wis. To this union were born six children, all of whom are still living: Henry L., of Osage, Iowa, Maybelle, Emily Jorgenson, Carl, Victor and Mark, all of Lyle, Minn. Besides his grief-stricken wife he leaves to mourn his death two brothers, Chas. of Lyle, and Henry J. of Minneapolis, also one sister, Julia of Lyle.

He was engaged in farming and beekeeping near Lyle, where his chief interests ever were for the good of his home and community. Since his conversion at the age of 29, he has been a true Christ follower. Perhaps no expression could better typify his life than his favorite verse of Scripture, John 15:4, "Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."

The funeral was held Thursday afternoon and interment was made in the family lot in the Six Mile Grove cemetery. Rev. G. L. Morgan, of Windom, had charge of the funeral services.

During Mr. Volstad's illness he made the following request:
"Regarding donation of flowers, extravagantly used at funerals, my request is that no money be spent for that purpose at my funeral, but a free will gift from anyone will be forwarded to the missionary that I have been supporting in China, Rev. [illegible:S?]. Bergstrom. This will be used for the glory of God and His Kingdom [illegible: and?] will bring blessing and reward to the giver K. H. Volstad."