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Ed Kringstad

Ed Kringstad

Ed A. Kringstad, 76, Dawson/Bismarck, died May 4, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at First Presbyterian Church, 214 E. Thayer Ave., Bismarck.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, where a time of sharing will begin at 7 p.m.

Ed was born March 28, 1937, in Fairdale, the son of Ernest and Alice (Aamot) Kringstad. He was raised and educated in Hoople, where he graduated from high School. Ed married Faye Moore on Dec. 27, 1959, in Doran, Minn. Ed received his B.S. degree from Valley City State College in 1960, and received his M.S. degree in education from the University of North Dakota in 1963. A multi-sport athlete, Ed earned 13 letters at Valley City State.

Ed began his coaching and teaching career in 1965 at Bismarck Junior College. Coach Kringstad was named NJCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1974 and 1986, as well as United States Wrestling Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1984. Ed was selected to the NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1979, named NJCAA Wrestling Man of the Year in 1984 and inducted into the Valley City State University Hall of Fame in 1993. Ed coached 10 national champions and 59 All-Americans in his 23 years as wrestling coach. Ed’s 301-69-1 coaching record currently ranks him sixth among NJCAA wrestling coaches. His commitment to students and his love for wrestling took him around the globe and Ed was selected to assist on the rules committee with the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

In 1977, Ed was the Coach Leader of the Junior Pan American Wrestling Team, Quito, Ecuador, and in 1978, he was the Chief of Mission at the Junior Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela. With Ed as athletic director, Bismarck State College hosted the NJCAA National Wrestling Tournament from 1990-98.

With Ed’s interest in politics and people, it was natural for him to run for office and he was elected as a Republican to the North Dakota Senate in 1995 and served until 2006. Ed and Faye were both well-known in Bismarck for their many years teaching dance. Ed would often say, “If you can walk, you can dance;” and, he would strongly suggest his wrestlers take dance.

To his family, Ed was everything and they were everything to him. He will always be loved and missed. His memories live on at his house he built for his family at Lake Isabel.

Ed is survived by his loving wife of over 53 years, Faye; his son, Tom (Liz), Andover, Minn.; his daughter, Sommer Collins, Memphis, Tenn.; his daughter-in-law, Sherri Giambra, Orange, Conn.; his granddaughters, Samantha Kringstad and Sydney Collins; and his brothers and sisters, Jim, Sabring, Fla., Carol Iverson, Grand Forks, Linda Jacobson, Jamestown, Judy Dooling, Moyie Springs, Idaho, Terry, Bismarck, and Betty Cooper, Prosperity, Pa.

Ed was preceded in death by his son, Tim; his parents; and his nephew, Billy Dooling.

Memorials may be given to Elks Camp Grassick or the Bismarck State College Foundation.

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