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Justus E. “Jay” Legvold, 97

Jan 10, 2011

Eagle Grove, Iowa – Justus Everett Legvold, the son of Hans and Caroline (Henderson) Legvold, was born July 6, 1913, on a farm near Frost. He attended rural grade school and Bricelyn High School. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1939.

Jay married Alice Coltvet in 1941, she died in 1975. He then married Jodella (Olson) Nelson, in 1976.

Following graduation from ISU, he was hired as a farm manager for Travler’s Insurance Company in Marshall. He then entered the U.S. Air Corp during World War II and served as radio instructor most of his duty and the last months of service were in the 8th photo-reconnaissance in the Japanese army occupation. Following his World War II service, he farmed near Eagle Grove, Iowa, and for a period of time was a salesman and manager of a fertilizer business.

Jay served on various boards including Wright County Farm Bureau, Extension Service boards, Soil Conservation Service, Eagle Grove Area Ag-Urban Committee, Eagle Grove Planning and Zoning, Eagle Grove Area Foundation for the Future, and church deacon and church council president.

Jay passed away on Dec. 29, 2010, at Rotary Ann Nursing Home, in Eagle Grove, at the age of 97 years. He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William and Ole Legvold; and sisters, Frances Romerein and Mildred Remensnyder.

Survivors include his wife, Jodella; sons, Steven, of Apple Valley, and James, of Vincent, Iowa; daughter, Kathryn Marotz, of Sandy, Utah; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Judine and Ronald Nelson and their families; and sister Charlotte Legvold.

Funeral Services were held Jan. 4, 2011, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Eagle Grove. The Rev. Paul Stone officiated. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, in Eagle Grove. Foust Funeral Home, in Eagle Grove, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

The full obituary may be found on-line at www.foustfh.com