Reed Allen Ramstad
August 13, 1962 - April 22, 2018
Visitation: Visitation with family present will be 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Shalom Lutheran Church.
Service: A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Shalom Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, SD.
Reed Allen Ramstad, 55, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Reed Allen Ramstad was born on August 13, 1962 to Ray and Rose (Oines) Ramstad at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up in and around Harrisburg, SD where he graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1980. Reed was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Julie Kloster, on April 3, 1982. He went on to graduate from Sioux Falls College in 1984. Following his graduation, the couple made their home in Harrisburg where they raised their two boys Matt & Nick.
Reed was employed at Mitographers, Inc. in Sioux Falls for over 37 years. The majority of which was spent as their Controller. Being a lifelong resident of Harrisburg, he served in many civic capacities including the Planning and Zoning Board, City Council, and as Harrisburg’s mayor from 2005-2012. Reed was also a member of the Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department for many years and was a founding member of the Lake Alvin Ducks Unlimited Chapter. He served as chairman several times for DU and has remained a member throughout its 26 years.
Reed loved spending time with friends and family. He spent countless hours attending his sons’ sporting events from T-ball, baseball, basketball, football, all the way to beer league softball. He was also an avid sportsman. Each summer he and Julie could be found camping and fishing with their lines in the water on the Missouri River and surrounded by friends near a campfire at night. In the fall Reed loved chasing roosters, greenheads, and whitetails throughout the state. When the weather turned cold, Reed and Julie enjoyed putting their toes in the sand with a cold drink in hand. Reed’s most recent joy and love of his life was his granddaughter, Ruby. He was excited to multiply that love with the arrival of two new grandchildren due this summer.
Reed had many roles and excelled at them all. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and son. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Julie, son Matt (Tanya) Ramstad, son Nick (Chastin) Ramstad, granddaughter Ruby, parents Ray and Rose Ramstad, sister Robin (Dain) Sisson, sister Renae (Jon) Erickson, brother Ryan (Amber) Ramstad, father and mother-in-law Jim and Marlene Farquhar, brother-in-law Todd (Kaia) Kloster, sister-in-law Jill (Mike) Jaacks, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and father-in-law Sterling Kloster.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Shalom Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, SD. Visitation with family present will be 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Shalom Lutheran Church.