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James R. Fostervold

Dec. 12, 1922 - Aug. 4, 2009

WILLMAR -- James Russell Fostervold, 86, of Willmar, died Tuesday at his home following an illness.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Evangelical Free Church in Willmar with burial at Cloverleaf Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and for one hour before the service at the church.

He was born Dec. 12, 1922, in Litchville, N.D., to Ole and Inga (Olson) Fostervold. The family moved to Willmar in 1928 and to a farm north of Willmar in 1932. He purchased the farm from his parents in 1943. In 1943, he joined the Army, serving with the 4th Infantry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion (Company E 112th Infantry). He fought in battles and campaigns at Normandy, northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and central Europe during World War II. He was discharged as a sergeant in 1945. He was awarded two Silver Stars and one Bronze Star for bravery. He also received the Army Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, D-Day Medal and Battle of the Bulge Medal. His unit was also awarded the French Croix de Guerre Medal and a French commemorative medal for Operation Overlord.

He married Roma Anderson on Jan. 3, 1948, in Webster, S.D. They farmed until two years ago and raised cattle, with the last cattle sold July 30.

He is survived by his wife; children: Mark (and Karen) Fostervold of Jarrettsville, Md.; Tim (and Carol) Fostervold of Willmar, Jon (and Annette) Fostervold of Willmar, and Mary (and Steve) Hanson, of Hawthorne, N.C.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings: Helen Berg, Harriet Backlund, Esther (and Louis) Hanson, Wayne "Pinky" (and Wanda) Fostervold, all of Willmar, Opal Leif of Owatonna, and Ruth Westphal of Cranberry Isles, Maine.

He was preceded in death by his one grandson, two brothers; and two sisters.