Posted 6/26/19 (Wed)
Carl John Sjostrom was born to Florence and Carl Kristian (CK) Sjostrom in their home at Sioux Pass, Richland County, Mont., on Aug. 26, 1924, on a nice 100 degree day. He was the youngest of the five children, joining Fred, Helen, George, and Florence. Carl grew up farming and working on equipment that would be his niche for the rest of his life. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 until his honorable discharge in the 1947, having achieved Technical 4th Grade as a medical corpsman. Carl returned home and attended on year of college at MSU studying Civil Engineering. He then returned to Richland County and was employed by the Richland County Soil Conservation doing field leveling and dirt work. He then bought his own D7 Cat and scraper and did this line of work until retiring. He loved machinery that would make a rough terrain or plot of land into a productive piece of farmland. He really enjoyed giving his young nephews rides on the D7 as he worked. Finally, in his own time, he was smitten by Charlotte Meidinger or Terry, Mont., and the field work winded down. He and Charlotte were married in Sept. 1984, and they settled into retired life in Terry. Their pastor Revered Lowell Johnson and his wife Reta were close personal friends. When the Johnsons moved to Iowa - that became a favorite stay over on their winter trips to Texas. Travel stopped when Charlotte passed in 2007. Carl lived alone until August of 2013 when we moved into the Prairie County Hospital. Carl passed away on Thursday, June 13, at 4 p.m. at the age of 94. Carl was a member of the Terry Community Presbyterian Church.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the Community Presbyterian Church in Terry. His nephew Pastor Bob Unterseher along with his wife Sharon officiated. Military grave side services followed in the Prairie County Cemetery with full Military Honors.
His parents and siblings predeceased him in death. Carl is survived by his nieces and nephews, Kathryn Verhasselt of Sidney, Alice Chernick of Casper, Wyo., Emilie Williams of Billins, Lloyd Sjostom of Spokane, Wash., Richard Unterseher of Casper, Wyo., Rev. Bob Unterseher of Billins, Ray Unterseher of Watford City, N.D., and Vicki Riojas of Bozeman; A special cousin, Nolan Spencer of Duluth, Minn. There are many remaining grand nephews and nieces!
A special thanks to PCH for the good food and care over these years.