It is with sadness that I must notify you of the death of


The Rev. Roland A. Saethre

Pastor Saethre died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Senior Class Care Center in Pequot Lakes, MN. He was 94. 


Roland A. Saethre was born January 9, 1921 at Grand Marais, MN to Alfred and Mabel (Berglund) Saethre. He graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, in 1943 and Luther Seminary, St. Paul in 1945. He was ordained at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais, MN.

He faithfully served parishes at Circle, MT; Milford, IA; Oklee, MN; Comstock, MN; Finland, MN; Hibbing, MN; and Moorhead, MN; retiring in January of 1986. Roland married Bernice Sorestad on April 24, 1946. He served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1958, then in the Air Force Reserve, retiring in 1986 with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice. Roland is survived by his children: Rev. John (Debby) Saethre, Renee (David) Anderson, Margaret (Louis) Iverson, Tom Saethre, Naomi (Randy) Kennicutt; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sisters: Eleanor, Irene, Lorraine; brothers: Dale, Chester and Roy.

Services were held on Saturday, August 1 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial was in Our Savior's Cemetery, Pequot Lakes. Memorials may be given to Our Savior's Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Thanks be to God for the power of the Resurrection!
In Christ, 
Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
August 6, 2015