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In Memory of Doug Glenn Folstad


Doug Folstad, age 76, of Barron, passed away Friday, April 15, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.

He was born December 24, 1945, to Julian and Elaine (Cox) Folstad in Rice Lake. Doug was a 1964 graduate of Rice Lake High School where he was active in band, choir, football, and especially baseball. In 1968 he graduated from WSU-Eau Claire, majoring in instrumental and vocal music. It was there he met his future wife, Judy (Thomley), whom he married on February 15, 1969.

Doug taught middle school instrumental music in Barron for 33 years. He had high standards for his students, instilling a love of music and pride in their accomplishments. During those years, he also enjoyed playing sax in the Dean’s List. After retiring in 2001, he worked for Schmitt Music of Eau Claire. In addition, Doug enjoyed bowling, golfing, family camping, Canadian fishing trips, and heading to the deer camp. He was chairman of the Red Cedar Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for several years. Ultimately, Doug’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and pets (strays were welcome).

In addition to his wife of 53 years, Doug is survived by his children, Jennifer (Eric) Hackman, Ryan (Kari); grandchildren, Trinity, Leo and Easton; sister, Sandy (John) Kurschner and nephew, Scott (Kelcey) Fraley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and mother and father-in-law.

The family would like to thank the staff at Barron Hospital, Barron Care and Rehab, and St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, for the excellent care he received.

A celebration of life for Doug will be held at First Lutheran Church in Barron, on Sunday, April 24, at 2:00 pm, with Pastor Ron Mathews officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Lutheran Church, Barron, the Barron Humane Society or Ducks Unlimited.

Arrangements are being handled by Rausch Steel Funeral Home in Barron.

Last Update: Apr 19, 2022 7:58 pm CDT

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