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John Rodney "Rod" Kulstad

Died: Wed., Jun. 19, 2013

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John Rodney Kulstad "Rod", passed away peacefully at his home in Stevensville, Mt. on June 19, 2013. He was in the company of his loving children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Alan in Jan. of 2010 and his wife of almost 69 years, Kate in Oct. of 2011.

Rod was born in Bend Oregon on July 29, 1919 to Maud and Harry Kulstad. He was the youngest and last living of three children. In the mid 20s, his family moved to Missoula, Mt. Rod attended Cold Springs elementary school and after graduation attended Missoula High School. His family re-located to Couer d' Alene and Rod graduated from high school there in 1938.

Rod met the love of his life, Kathleen Mooney there and they were married on Dec. 19, 1942 and started their life together in Seattle, Wa. Their first two children, Rodney and Diane were born there. During their stay in Seattle, Rod served in WW II as a Merchant Marine in the Aleutian Islands, engaged in the defense effort. In 1947, they relocated to Three Forks, Mt. and on to Helena for work. Their son Alan was born there in 1952. They then relocated to Missoula and bought a place in Target Range where their daughter Janice was born. In 1971, they relocated to Stevensville, where they bought a larger place so they could garden, raise hay and cattle. Their garden and especially the corn patch were legendary and eagerly anticipated each year by friends and family. Rod was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper his entire life and spent a great part of it enjoying what Montana had to offer with his family.

Rod is survived by his son Rodney wife Vicki, daughter Diane Bryjak husband George , daughter Janice Tripp and partner Peter Krasen , six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Riverview Cemetery in Stevensville on August 17th, 2013 at 10am with reception following at the family residence, 606 College St.

Donations in Rod's name may be made to Aspen Hospice, 107 Bell Crossing, Stevensville, MT 59870

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Bonnie Knight
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
Uncle Rod, I know you are in a better place and I'm sure you and Auntie Kate are up there playing golf, We will miss you and think of you often

Dan Hirst
   Posted Thu August 22, 2013
Well, really not sure what to say... Since Alan passed away I have thought about you guys an awful lot from the times at Target Range and your large potato field and listening to Rod 'blow' his steam off because of something wrong with the potatoes or the picker... They should have kept that old house you had there and restored it instead of building that new - it had 'class'! I remember those times in the old house when Katie had just cooked the corn-on-the-cobs to can and she would give Alan and me the cobs to finish off... I also remember when Rod (I believe this to be correct) use to work at the Old Highlander Brewery and my dad would take Alan and me down to visit him (of course Alan and I had to stay in the car and wait for him to come back) in about an hour or so - were use to wonder what was taking so long...! I hope the rest of the family takes care of themselves and remembers some of those old times especially when life was simplier and more meaningful...!!

Montegene Mike Hirst Burger
   Posted Thu August 22, 2013
I so enjoyed a visit to Rod and Katie's place in Stevensville when my sisters Dede and Paulie, brother Dan and Mom and myself visited them a few years ago. We shared a lot of memories in that visit and had a truly wonderful time. May your memories warm your hearts during this sad time and into the future. God bless you all!

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