Clifford Smorstad, 96, of rural Decorah
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:13 AM
Clifford Smorstad, 96, of Decorah, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Wellington Place Nursing Home, in Decorah.
Clifford Julian Smorstad was born on May 24, 1918, the son of Carl and Alma (Hill) Smorstad in rural Decorah. He grew up near Frankville, Iowa, and then on a family farm in Glenwood Township. He attended the Sheggrud School in rural Decorah.
He was well known for many decades for his portable sawmill that he took to many areas in a 100-mile radius of Decorah. He enjoyed going to the Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days and to the Waukon Sawing and Threshing Days, as well as many other celebrations in the area.
He also ran a land improvement business that involved building ponds, terraces, waterways and clearing of brush and trees.
He married Dagny Myrtle Sandbeck Sept. 11, 1945, at the Glenwood Lutheran Church.
After Dagny died, he married Hazel Forde Ottney on Dec. 31, 1970, at the Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church.
He was proud of his Norwegian heritage, speaking Norwegian, and he enjoyed eating potatoes, lutefisk and lefse. He enjoyed traveling with a trip to Norway and Germany in 1973.
He loved to dance to polkas, often working hard all day long sawing and threshing and then going out to dance.
He served as janitor of the Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church from 1997-2007. He was a member of the Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church, the Sons of Norway, and International Order of Odd Fellows Winneshiek Lodge 58.
He is survived by three daughters, Darlene (Ronald) Emery of Decorah, Dianne Burke of Decorah and Donna (Richard) Bentley of Minneapolis; a son, Dean (Mary Jean) Smorstad of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two step-daughters, Nina (Jim) LaPorte of Edinburg, Texas, and Marvel Tomczak of Jefferson, Wis.; a step-son, Ed (Barb Esler) Ottney of Decorah; grandchildren, Nicolle Smith, Brandy (Robert) Moore, Kelly (Philip) Dotzler, Travis Smorstad, Heidi (fiancé Xavier Moore) Smorstad, Chelsea Smorstad and Derek Smorstad, Carl Magnusson, Clayton (Brianna) Burke, Briana Burke, Neil (Alison) Bentley and Angela (Mark) Schwarze; many great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, many nephews, nieces and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dagny on Nov. 30, 1968; his second wife, Hazel, on Nov. 11, 2008; his brother, Harris (Audrey) Smorstad, and step-son, Lyle Ottney.
Funeral services were held last Saturday at the Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church with the Rev. Stacey Nalean-Carlson officiating. Internment was in Pontoppidan Cemetery in Decorah.
Arrangements were by Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.