Elroy “Roy” Folstad – InForum

Elroy Conrad Folstad, 85, died July 18, 2022 at Essentia Health in Fargo with his wife and daughter by his side.

Roy (as he was known) was born March 9, 1937 at his home in Hendrum, MN to Manfred and Tillie (Dybing) Folstad. He grew up in Shelly, MN where he attended elementary school. In 1955 Roy graduated from Climax High School where he was class valedictorian and participated in football, baseball, basketball, track and field, choir, glee club and band. After graduating, Roy enlisted in the US Air Force to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. He volunteered for the Drum and Bugle Corp at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, where he completed his basic training which he didn’t know at the time would save him from many unsavory duties. . Unfortunately, perfect eyesight was needed to operate planes, so based on Roy’s skill test, they thought he was well suited for the medical field. He trained as a dental technician and was posted to Rushmore Air Force Station in Rapid City, SD. He was honorably discharged in 1961.

Roy served 4 years of active duty before enrolling at North Dakota Agricultural College (NDSU) in 1959 where he received his pharmacy degree in 1963. It was at NDSU that he met his wife, Collette. Roy was on the NDSU bowling team and he and Collette worked the NDSU bowling alleys. He often joked that they met in the “alley”. Roy and Collette were married on August 17, 1963 at St. James Catholic Church in Page, ND.

After graduating from NDSU, Roy first worked at Johnson Northport Drug Store in Fargo before moving to Casselton, ND and soon after opened his own store, Folstad Drug, in 1969. After 41 years as a licensed pharmacist and mentor to many young pharmacists along the way, Roy retired from medical pharmacy in Fargo, ND.

In retirement, Roy spent time outdoors working part-time on the golf course, restoring a 1930s Model A Ford, and sewing many beautiful quilts for his family and friends.

Roy was a man of many interests and talents. He loved to fish, which he learned from his father, and he developed a love for farming from his time working on Mauritson’s farm while growing up in Shelly, MN. Roy was very practical and was able to find a solution to almost any problem. His beautiful oil paintings hang throughout Roy and Collette’s house.

Roy will be remembered for his piercing blue eyes, quiet strength, quick wit and humble heart. And above all, to be “Mr. Mom” ​​to Missy which allowed Collette to pursue her coaching career. He was a man ahead of his time.

Roy is survived by his wife Collette of nearly 59 years, his daughter Michelle (Rich) Mack of Eden Prairie, MN, his granddaughter Addison Mack; sister Ione Johnson of Moose Lake, MN; sister Nancy Nelson of Shelly, MN; sister Helen (Chuck) Bernhardson of Shelly, MN; brother-in-law Arnie (Barb) Buhr of Buffalo, ND; sister-in-law Connie (Ray) Sletteland of Devils Lake, ND; sister-in-law Cloyce (Jim) Voeller of Lake Elmo, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents predeceased him; brothers-in-law Stuart Johnson and Howard Nelson. Visitation: Tuesday, July 26, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m., with the wake at 7 p.m., at the West Funeral Home Chapel in West Fargo, ND. Funeral Mass: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, West Fargo, ND. Burial: Page à Page Cemetery, ND. West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center westfuneralhome.com

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