Rev. Ingolf Kronstad


Ingolf Berge Kronstad went home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at his home in Kirkland, WA on Feb. 10, 2021. He was 80 years old. He was born in Canton, SD on Nov. 10, 1940 to Pastor Ingolf O. and Malvina Kronstad. His family moved to Minneapolis, MN where he attended high school at Minnehaha Academy, then later attended and played football for Augsburg College. He graduated from there in 1962 (Magna Cum Laude) with a degree in History and Greek.

It was there that he met the lovely Rosemary Ann Sheldahl. They eventually married on June 26, 1965 in Minneapolis, MN.

As a young boy, Ingolf felt the Lord calling him into the Ministry and as a result he attended Luther Seminary where he received his M.Th. and M.Div. degrees with honors. He began his ministry work in the Chicago area and then moved on to Wisconsin followed by Montana and eventually settling in Kirkland, WA in 1980. It was here that he and Rosie really built their ministry and laid roots for their family. He had a heart for ministry and a love for people that extended far beyond the church in which he was serving. A trip to the grocery store, to the bank, or watching a grandsons ballgame were all ministry opportunities where it was not uncommon for him to end up sharing Jesus with whomever he would strike up a conversation. In addition to serving in numerous churches, he also served for many years as a police and fire chaplain in the greater Seattle area.

Ingolf had a great love for adventure and the outdoors. He and Rosie could often be found down at the lake or by a beautiful mountain scene where they would pray, read the Bible or just have a picnic. He loved camping and the mountains and some of his favorite times were big family camping trips where he loved to make his famous “silver dollar” pancakes.

Another one of his favorite things to do was to watch his grandsons participate in their activities whether it was football, soccer, basketball, baseball games or band concerts and school plays. Basically, anything to do with the family were his favorite things to do.

He is survived by his beloved wife Rosemary, their 4 children(and spouses) including David(Mindi), Debbie, Priscilla(Craig) and Dan(Tanya), as well as their 7 grandsons Erik, Finn, Kellen, Caleb, Jens, Kyler, and James. He is also survived by his sister Beverly Burke(Ron) of Menomonie, WI.

He was a tremendously loving Husband, Father, Grandpa, friend and mentor to so many. He will be greatly missed but the Godly Legacy that he has built with Rosie will last for generations to come. As he would say, “To God Be the Glory.”

  • ERIC ROHRBACH (Posted: March 03, 2021)
    I always enjoyed working with Ingolf on efforts to protect our freedoms and keep our government within godly standards. He truly lived to give God the glory. My prayers are with the family.
  • Bob and Judy O'Brien (Posted: February 26, 2021)
    When we learned that the girl our son was dating was a PK we were glad. And after we met her parents we were very happy. Ingolf was a special person and will be sorely missed.
  • Gloria (Posted: February 24, 2021)
    Great legacy.
  • Debbie Kronstad (Posted: February 24, 2021)
    Dad, you led a beautiful and amazing life and I am so proud to be your daughter! What an incredible blessing you have been to countless people, but you are extra special to me! I love you and miss you so much but I'm also rejoicing that you are at the feet of Jesus running and jumping through the fields of Heaven!! xoxo
  • Priscilla O’Brien (Posted: February 24, 2021)
    I love you, Dad! You're so missed!
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