Robert Carsten Lovstad was born on March 29, 1923, in Burt. He was the youngest of eleven to Edward and Anna Marie (Jessen) Lovstad. He grew up in Burt, graduating from Burt High School in 1941. Following his school years he began his love for farming. The farm operation included caring for his cow/calf herd, raising hogs, sheep, and chickens.
On April 19, 1945, he was united in marriage to Shirley Voyles in Algona. They lived on the farm in Burt until retiring in 1981 when they moved into town. Robert loved the land, and always enjoyed farming. He helped his nephew Gene Lovstad farm for 12 years. Following retirement, he worked at the Burt Elevator for six years.
Robert had a great love for his family. He always enjoyed attending his three children's activities. Robert loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing, and visiting with others. He was an active member of the Methodist Church in Burt until closing. He then transferred to the First United Methodist Church in Algona. He served many different church offices including being the church trustee and many years as an usher. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan watching their football and basketball teams.
Robert Lovstad, 96, died Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Kossuth Regional Health Center, Algona.
He is survived by his children, Susan and John Wesselink of Eagle Grove, Robert Lovstad of Storm Lake, Sandra and Rex Chally of Algona; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by brother-in-law Hanford Voyles of Lytton, IA and sister-in-law Audrey Reilly of Walnut Creek, CA.
Preceding him in death are his parents; wife, Shirley in 2015; and ten siblings.