ELK MOUND — Millard O. Sivertson, 89, of Elk Mound passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, at his home where he was surrounded by his family.
He was born Oct. 30, 1928, to Selmer and Cecilia (Wagnild) Sivertson. He attended Fosbrook Country school in Wisconsin and Underwood Elementary school in Minnesota, graduating in 1946 from Aggie High School in Menomonie.
Millard farmed the home farm for 42 years, starting at age 17, as his father had Parkinson’s disease. He married Shirley Johnson Oct. 16, 1954, and they raised eight children. After Shirley’s death in 1997, he married Jean (Brenden) Rasmussen Dec. 26, 1998.
In addition to farming, he served as clerk for Fosbrook and Elk Mound schools, council for Springbrook Lutheran and Shepherd of the Hill churches and was a proud member of the Sons of Norway (Loven Lodge). He enjoyed his travels to Norway, Israel, Switzerland, Africa and 46 of the 50 U.S. states.
Millard always stressed the importance of family and was the greatest story teller.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; eight children, Dan (Susan) Sivertson of Elk Mound, Timothy (Tamra) Sivertson of Elk Mound, Robyn Sivertson of Altoona, Christine (Jeff) Gutsch of Eau Claire, Barbara Sivertson of Little Rock, Ark., Amy (Jeff) Rye of Eau Claire, Joel (Connie) Sivertson of Evans Ga., Corey (Tammy) Sivertson of Weston, Wis.; three stepchildren, Susan (Fride) Thorsen of Norway, Sharon (Nadine) Rasmussen of Oregon, Daniel (Andreas) Brenna of Germany; brother, Sidney (Verna) Sivertson of Sioux Falls, N.D.; 21 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley; sister, Grace Brenden; and stepson, Peter Rasmussen.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Spirit Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, with Pastor Jim Ahlquist officiating. Visitations will be Friday, March 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, Millard requested donations be given to the family in the name of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Luther Park Bible Camp or Spirit Lutheran Church. Friends and family may leave online condolences at www.smithfuneralec.com.
The family expresses deep appreciation to Drs. Jacoby and Naqvi and MCHS Hospice.
We mourn his passing from this life to life eternal; yet we also rejoice in the truth that he now “rests from his labors” and that we who believe in Christ will one day see him again.
To God alone be the Glory!