|12/31/2012 9:18:00 AM|
Dr. Thomas Hegstad, 80, of Alexandria, formerly of Windom, died Dec. 25, 2012, in Alexandria.
Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria.
Casket bearers were his grandchildren.
Interment was at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley.
Anderson Funeral Home of Alexandria handled the funeral arrangements.
Thomas Clair Hegstad was born Feb. 3, 1932, to Olaf and Lillian (Frisvold) Hegstad in Slayton. He grew up in Slayton and graduated from Slayton High School.
In 1951, Thomas joined the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in San Diego, Calif., where he was trained as a radar man. He later served aboard the destroyer USS Vammen during the Korean War before receiving his discharge in 1955.
In 1953, Thomas married Donna Holden in Slayton. After his military service, he attended the University of Minnesota where he completed medical school.
In 1963, he became Dr. Thomas Hegstad, MD, and moved his family to Windom where he was a family practice doctor until 1979.
He and Donna moved to Alexandria where he continued to practice medicine at Broadway Clinic. He also provided medical care at a clinic in Brandon before retiring 2002.
Faith was important to Thomas, who was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as a lector at St. Mary's Church and St. John Nepomuk Church. He and Donna also have been involved in the Pro-Life movement for many years.
Thomas enjoyed the outdoors by hunting deer, duck and pheasant. He also enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and extended family and feeding bald eagles nesting near his home.
Thomas was interested in ancient history, literature and cherished Indian artifacts found on his property. He also enjoyed writing poetry, drawing and painting and appreciated music, especially folk, classical and big band. He also enjoyed sing-alongs around the campfire.
Tom and Donna traveled, visiting Ireland, Italy and the Holy Land.
Thomas was preceded in death by a brother, Duane; two step-brothers, Clifford and Donald Hegstad; and a son-in-law, Bryce Lundeen.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Donna Hegstad of Alexandria; four daughters: Cynthia Lundeen of Alexandria, Rebecca (Peter) Davies of St. Anthony Village, Ramon (Christopher) Hegstad Benson of Iowa City, Iowa, and Cheryl Hegstad Maki of Forest Lake; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Joel (Marsha) Hegstad of Alexandria and Leon (Marlys) Hegstad of Slayton; and a sister, Joan (John) Henning of River Falls.