Paul Oliver Rekstad died on Friday, December 2, 2016, at his home in Palm Coast, Fla.
Paul was born to Harold Rekstad and Adalyn (Homstad) Rekstad on January 7, 1932, in Eau Claire, Wis. He married Donna Jean Sweazey on September 7, 1952, and they later divorced in 1985.
He married Lois Robinson Weinbender on November 21, 1985.
He was predeceased by his father, mother, sister, and brother-in-laws. Survivors include his wife, Lois Rekstad, and her three children; sisters, Joan Rekstad, Alice Rekstad; and special family friend, Barbara Gates; first wife, Donna Rekstad and children, Michelle Eggerichs Rekstad, Erik (Denise) Rekstad, Kris (Emily) Rekstad and Solveig (Fritz) Rekstad Lubinski; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; and long-time close family friend, Norbert (Leah) Gaworek.
Paul was a veteran of the USAFSS (United States Air Force Security Service), from 1952 to 1956. He graduated from Northland College in Ashland, Wis., with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology, and a Master’s Degree in psychiatric social work from the University of Minnesota. Paul loved to backpack, camp, play, have fun, to travel, to be near the ocean, to soak up the sunshine, to enjoy the great outdoors, and he loved his dogs. His children are grateful for the many learning experiences he showed them during their family travels. He was always willing to include many of the friends from the neighborhood on the family’s forays. Paul and Lois lived in Florida since approximately 2000. They owned and operated a pet care business called The Critter Sitters in Palm Coast. There will be a celebration of life service held sometime in April or May in Winona, Minn.; details to follow at a later date.