Ned Paul Barstad, June 5, 1952 - Jan. 18, 2018.

Ned died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at The Bland Bekkedahl Center for Hospice Care in Viroqua, after a more than two-year battle with prostate cancer.

He was son to Glenn and Jeanne (Thorson); brother to Beth Patterson; husband to Betty (Cole); father to Seth (Andrea Cade), Jesse (Erin), and Abby (Sam); grandpa to Reed, Isaac, Caleb, Remi, Leo and Itsy; companion to Lucy, his Brittany Spaniel; mentor and friend to many.

He was the devoted caretaker of Norseland Nursing Home in Westby, for nearly 40 years. From setting up beds in the beginning, to moving residents into their rooms, to being the social worker, to serving as the administrator, his compassion and respect built many relationships with residents and their families, as well as with the people with whom he worked. He was never too busy to share and invest in the lives of others.

He was a lover of all things outdoors. Whether mushroom hunting, hunting for deer, turkeys, grouse, woodcock, or rabbits, fly fishing from his kayak, bow-fishing for carp, ice fishing, camping, staying at his cabin, cutting wood, or just walking in the woods, life was an adventure to him, and living was all about the experience. He loved his grouse hunting trips to northern Wisconsin, his bear hunting trips to Canada, his hog hunting trip to Florida, and his trip to Louisiana, for alligator hunting and catfish “noodling.”

He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a lover of The Far Side. With a memory for details, he told great stories and loved to laugh. No matter the circumstances, he could find the funny things in life, and he enjoyed sharing them with friends and strangers alike.

In his words, “Life is short so cherish it and enjoy it. View life in terms of “a glass half full.” Leave “the glass half empty” to others. Work in a job you are passionate about. Encourage the best in others and be a faithful friend. Take care of family, because they are special. Believe strongly in God, because He has given you a great life!”

There will be a visitation for Ned from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Westby, 306 South Main St. A service will follow at 3 p.m. Pastor John Dumke will officiate. A private burial will be at a later date. A lunch of brats, beer, potato salad, chips and salsa, will follow the service at the Westby Community Center, 206 North Main St. Honor his memory by wearing your favorite camouflage. Memorials can be made to the community organizations of donor's choice.

Online Condolences may be offered at www.VossFH.com. The Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby is serving the family.

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