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Steven Korsmo

Steven Michael Korsmo was born May 3, 1950 at Northwood, North Dakota to Peder and Beatrice (Sherva) Korsmo. He lived most of his life on the Korsmo family homestead farm, first as a boy and then purchasing the farm home in 1990.

Steve graduated from Northwood High School in 1968 and attended Valley City State University. In 1969, he volunteered for the draft and served his country as a Vietnam helicopter gunner for the US Army.

On September 3rd, 1976, Steve married his true love, Kristi Rostad in Kindred, North Dakota. They had two children, Amy Marie and Grant Steven, who were the additional delights of his life.

In 1972, he went into business with his father and brothers. Steve was Parts Manager for Korsmo Implement and Supply Co. and then continued with his brothers in business for a total of 41 years, having a major role with the farming operation. In 1997 he began to log hundreds of thousands of miles with Korsmo Brothers Trucking. He found great joy in "taking on the trips nobody else wanted," so he could see different parts of the United States.

Steve loved the land; farming it, hunting it, walking it, and he found sheer enjoyment being surrounded by beautiful fields of corn, wheat and beans. He was an avid photographer and artfully captured much of this beauty through the lens, always snapping pictures of his beloved family, immediate and extended. He loved having coffee with family on Saturday mornings at his parent's home, and nostalgically reminiscing about childhood times. He was a big Sioux Hockey fan. Steve was also a "gadget" person and a true "techie."

Another great area of contentment for Steve was to be riding his Harley with the sun on his back and the wind in his face. He was able to go on a riding trip to Texas shortly before his illness. He loved travel and enjoyed many wonderful trips, to include a time in Hawaii with his entire family in March of 2013, a very precious memory. One of his goals was to live to see his first granddaughter born, and he was able to cuddle with Elsie Rose right up to his death. Grandsons Owen and Eli loved to spend time with "papa" on the farm.

Steve was privileged to go on the Honor Flight with his father and father-in-law, both WWII Vets, as well as his brother David. He was so enriched by the experience, he went again the next year as a volunteer to serve other Vets.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Kris; his children: Amy (Bryce) of Sioux Falls, SD and Grant (Kathryn) Grand Forks, ND ; grandsons: Owen and Eli Boyd, and granddaughter, Elsie Korsmo; mother, Beatrice Korsmo; brothers: David (Cheryl), Daniel (Jackie), Paul (Judy), all of Northwood; sister, Barbara (Mark) Sioux Falls, SD; mother-in-law, Maxine Rostad; brother-in-law Michael (Janet) Rostad, all of Fargo, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his father, Peder Korsmo and father-in-law, Kenneth Rostad.

Steve shared this in his testimony of faith: "The peace of mind I had of the assurance of who I was in the Lord and the joy of serving Him far outweighed anything that I had felt the world could give me."

Steve died at home on October 15th, 2013 surrounded by the loving presence of his family. He fought a courageous seven month battle with lung cancer, due to Agent Orange exposure.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:30am at Community Bible Church, Northwood, ND. A visitation will be held Friday, October 18, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00pm with a 7:00pm prayer service at the church.

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Sorry for your loss! From the family of Steve's Army buddy and classmate Joe Miller. Cheryl BeSerra Phyllis Miller Jerry Miller Rob Miller

cheryl beserra Oct 26 2013 12:00 AM

He will be deeply missed,thoughts & prayers to the family.

David Hogfoss Oct 21 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Beatrice and family, We are saddened to hear of the passing of Steven. Praying for the peace that passes all understanding for the Korsmo family. Our Love, Ken Sembrick and children

Pat Brassfield Oct 19 2013 12:00 AM

Steve will be missed. I will always remember him teaching Vineyard HS Sunday school at your old house in Northwood. Plus all the times at the lakes. Hugs and prayers to the whole family.

Randy and Morgan Sondreal Oct 19 2013 12:00 AM

I have too many wonderful memories of Steve I could no begin to share even 5% because of limited space, but a few that come to mind: countless hours at our Northwood Vineyard, Sunday School with Steve (he had the youth for awhile), Village Resort summer after summer... He exemplified a man who demonstrated the words of St. Francis of Assisi "preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words." I had the utmost respect for Steve and his shining character forged by Jesus was a testimony to me. I'm reminded of the timeless hymn "How Great Thou Art" verse four: "When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation, And take me home, what JOY shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!" May the peace of God that transcends all understanding guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus, Marc

Marc, Merry, Liberty, & Sabrina Sondreal Oct 19 2013 12:00 AM

To the Korsmo family, we were sorry to hear of Steves passing. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

Terry & Jeri Fladeland Oct 18 2013 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to your family.

Jon & Junelle Hjelmstad Oct 18 2013 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of the passing of Steve. He fought a good fight and now has eternal peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God bless his memory.

Maggie & Jerry Bergene Oct 18 2013 12:00 AM

I have many childhood memories involving Steve. I believe he took me on my first motorcycle ride on the farm. I am pleased and honored to have known Steve. As well as the entire Korsmo family. My heart breaks for the loss of first Peder and now Steve. You are all in our prayers. Love to all Lori and Alexis Chapman

Lori Korsmo Chapman Oct 17 2013 12:00 AM

Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Korsmo Family from Larson Grain Co. in LaMoure ND. I got to know Steve when he used to come down and get loads of corn. It was always a pleasure visiting with him. He will be greatly missed.

Greg Pedersen Oct 17 2013 12:00 AM

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