Alvin George Tronstad passed away at his farm home on the evening of Aug. 28, 2012 after a lengthy period of poor health.
Posted September 12, 2012
Alvin George Tronstad passed away at his farm home on the evening of Aug. 28, 2012 after a lengthy period of poor health. He was born Aug. 10, 1921 to Hans and Albina Tronstad on the homestead south of Baker where he attended the local rural school. His siblings were six in number and as the oldest of four boys, he took employment with local farmers in the area to help support the family during the years of the Great Depression. The family home had burned to the ground in July of 1930 and his mother died the following September when he was nine. By necessity he helped his older sisters with the many family responsibilities. Later, as a young man, he was employed part-time doing mechanical work, farm labor, and the driving of a fuel transport truck.
It was there that he met a teacher working in the school system in Fallon County. She was Mavis Thompson. They were married July 24, 1943 and lived for a time in the Baker area. Subsequently, they rented a farm near Reeder, N.D. for a season before moving to Billings where Al drove a gasoline transport truck over routes to Lovell, Wyo. and Baker. While in Billings, just two days after Al’s immigrant father Hans died, they welcomed their first son, Robert.
Since his first love was for farming and ranching, Al and Mavis moved to their farm north of Kalispell in March of 1948 where they have remained to the present day. It was in Kalispell their second son Mike was born in 1951.
He leaves behind his devoted wife, Mavis, of 69 years; as well as their two sons, Robert and Michael, their wives Shelley and Vicky, and their families; four grandchildren – Lindsey Hartley of Hudson Oaks, Tex., Bryan Tronstad of Laramie, Wyo., Hans Tronstad and Michelle Hodge, both of Kalispell; eight great-grandchildren who were a joy to him: Kasen and Kole Hartley of Hudson Oaks, Tex., Tresize and Everett Tronstad of Laramie, Wyo., Kylee and Shelby Tronstad of Kalispell, Spencer and Riley Hodge of Kalispell. He is also survived by his sisters Beatrice Knutson of Billings and Gladys Wicker of Evansville, Wyo.; brothers Richard Tronstad of Fort Shaw and Floyd Tronstad of Billings; many Tronstad family descendants; Mavis’ one remaining sibling Donna Bower of Port Angeles, Wash.; and many more of the Thompson family members.
Al was predeceased by one sister, Evelyn, and a brother, Harold.