Reed Allen Ramstad

August 13, 1962 - April 22, 2018

Visitation: Visitation with family present will be 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Shalom Lutheran Church.

Service: A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Shalom Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, SD.


Reed Allen Ramstad, 55, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Reed Allen Ramstad was born on August 13, 1962 to Ray and Rose (Oines) Ramstad at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up in and around Harrisburg, SD where he graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1980. Reed was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Julie Kloster, on April 3, 1982. He went on to graduate from Sioux Falls College in 1984. Following his graduation, the couple made their home in Harrisburg where they raised their two boys Matt & Nick.

Reed was employed at Mitographers, Inc. in Sioux Falls for over 37 years. The majority of which was spent as their Controller. Being a lifelong resident of Harrisburg, he served in many civic capacities including  the Planning and Zoning Board, City Council, and as Harrisburg’s mayor from 2005-2012. Reed was also a member of the Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department for many years and was a founding member of the Lake Alvin Ducks Unlimited Chapter. He served as chairman several times for DU and has remained a member throughout its 26 years.

Reed loved spending time with friends and family. He spent countless hours attending his sons’ sporting events from T-ball, baseball, basketball, football, all the way to beer league softball. He was also an avid sportsman. Each summer he and Julie could be found camping and fishing with their lines in the water on the Missouri River and surrounded by friends near a campfire at night. In the fall Reed loved chasing roosters, greenheads, and whitetails throughout the state. When the weather turned cold, Reed and Julie enjoyed putting their toes in the sand with a cold drink in hand.  Reed’s most recent joy and love of his life was his granddaughter, Ruby. He was excited to multiply that love with the arrival of two new grandchildren due this summer.

Reed had many roles and excelled at them all. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and son. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Julie, son Matt (Tanya) Ramstad, son Nick (Chastin) Ramstad, granddaughter Ruby, parents Ray and Rose Ramstad, sister Robin (Dain) Sisson, sister Renae (Jon) Erickson, brother Ryan (Amber) Ramstad, father and mother-in-law Jim and Marlene Farquhar, brother-in-law Todd (Kaia) Kloster, sister-in-law Jill (Mike) Jaacks, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and father-in-law Sterling Kloster. 

A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Shalom Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, SD. Visitation with family present will be 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Shalom Lutheran Church.

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  1. Terry Campbell on April 23, 2018 said:

    My deepest condolences. Reed was such a fun loving man. I recall many a camping and fishing trip with Reed. His good nature and that laugh of his were contagious. A more devoted family man I don’t know. God must need him in heaven.

  2. Brian Lind on April 23, 2018 said:

    My Greatest condolences on the passing of Reed. A wonderful person who accomplished so much in life. His dedication to all of his career and what he did for the people in this community will never be forgotten. Word alone cannot describe what he meant to so many individuals. May all of you remember his true meaning to life. May he rest in peace. God Bless everyone one you.

  3. Patty Albers Kramer on April 23, 2018 said:

    My deepest sympathies for the pain you must be experiencing at this time. God must have had a plan for Reed. We all know he was such a wonderful, loving man and we will all miss him so much. 😢

  4. Gwen Besser on April 23, 2018 said:

    I’m so very sorry. My hearts hurts for you all. I will keep holding you all in my prayers.

  5. Dave Duncanson on April 23, 2018 said:

    Our love and prayers are with the Ramstad family, so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Reed. Our deepest condolences to all of you. Love Dave and Jeanie Duncanson.

  6. Jim Aalbers on April 24, 2018 said:

    I would like to convey my condolences to the Ramstad family, Reed was the person everyone wanted as a friend or a person on your side as he always considered what was best for all. The years that he and I spent on the city council were a great memory and he will be missed by many. Julie and family please remember the good times that you shared with him as I will the same, God Bless.

  7. Vickie Koski and Chad Woods on April 24, 2018 said:

    Julie, Matt, Nick and family- May God be with you all as you celebrate Reed’s life. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless!

  8. Teresa (Benson) Fink on April 24, 2018 said:

    My heart goes out to the Ramstad families on the loss of Reed. I pray for God’s strength and healing for all of you.

  9. Julie Wiese Gentile on April 24, 2018 said:

    My sincere condolences to Reed’s Sister Robin and his Entire immediate family. Reeds wife, Mother, Father, Children and Beautiful Granddaughter Ruby. I and Reed share the same Great Greanparents; Jenny and Albert Oines/. Boy I hope I have correct spelling 💕. Anyway- I know this is long but thank you Reed for playing with my brothers and I at family reunions 🌷🦋🌷

  10. Cheryl Dodd on April 24, 2018 said:

    Sending My Deepest Sympathy & Prayers to you and your family Julie. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you’ve shared over the years. Surround yourself with your family & friends as they truly want to support you any way they can.

  11. Pam Keszler on April 25, 2018 said:

    Hold on to your many wonderful memories. Our heart felt sympathies, Pam & Jon

  12. Patricia Kiebach on April 25, 2018 said:

    Deepest sympathy for your loss.

  13. Terry and Darla Anderson on April 26, 2018 said:

    Our sympathy to your family as your memories flow through happy and sad tears. May God wrap His arms around you in comfort and peace. RIP Reed. He will be missed.

  14. Pam Harris on April 26, 2018 said:

    Julie and family. My heart is broken for all of you. Reed was loved by many. Who can forget his hearty laugh and big smile. Harrisburg has lost one of the best and we mourn with you. May all the memories of your time together on this earth bring you solace. Sending love and hugs to you all. I

  15. Lynn Hanson Heiter on April 26, 2018 said:

    My Deepest Sympathy to ALL of Reed’s FAMILY!
    Matt/family, Nick,Chastin/family, Jill/family, Justin/family, Josh/family. May happy memories carry you through this very sorrowful time. RIP REED

  16. Terry Martin on April 26, 2018 said:

    Sorry for your family’s loss Julie. Reed was a big part of the Harrisburg graduating class/family of 1980. There are never enough or correct words at a time like this.

  17. Glenn and Rhonda Jones on May 1, 2018 said:

    Julie and family, I am so sorry to about the passing of Reed. May your hearts be filled with warm memories of great times spent together and may god hold you all a little tighter in months to come.