Paul Estrem Ofstedal
Ofstedal, Paul Estrem Age 87, of St. Paul, MN. Passed away peacefully October 13, 2019 surrounded by loving family. Paul trusted that his Savior Lord was waiting to receive him into the arms of God. A devoted and beloved son, brother, husband, father and grandfather, he lived to serve others. He carried out his calling faithfully as an ordained Lutheran pastor. Accomplished author/editor, poet, hymn composer, choral singer. Loved family times - especially at the cabin, sailing, woodworking. Gentle Nordic sense of humor. Born in Fergus Falls, MN. A pastor's son, he lived in Valley City, ND, Seattle, WA, Decorah, IA. Luther College. Luther Seminary. Internship Silver Bay, MN (Sychar Lutheran). Married Dorothea Ann Jerdee in 1957, serving Lutheran parishes together in Park Falls, WI (Our Savior's Lutheran), Lakota, IA (St. Paul's Lutheran), Sioux City, IA (Riverside Lutheran), Williston, ND (First Lutheran), St. Paul (St. Anthony Park Lutheran). Served on American Lutheran Church District Staff, Storm Lake, IA. Bible Instructor at Waldorf College, Forest City, IA. Chairman, Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp Board. Board of Regents, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. In retirement, co-founder and President of China Service Ventures. Active volunteer in countless church and community organizations. Preceded in death by wife of 58 years Dorothea Ann Jerdee, daughter Anne, parents Edith Evangeline Estrem & Rudolph Anders Ofstedal & sisters Dorothea, Judith (Harold), Eunice (Arne), Rachel (Dean) and Stephanie. Survived by loving children, Daniel, Joseph, Ruth Jovaag-Ofstedal (Jon) & Anne's husband Lu Wei; brothers-in-law Ken Tesch (Stephanie's husband), John Helms (sister Dorothea's husband); 11 grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial Service 11am, Sat. Nov. 9 with Visitation 9am at Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 924 E 21st St. Mpls, MN. Memorials encouraged for China Service Ventures or Mindekirken.
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