John Olav Haanstad

Sergeant John O. Haanstad, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Haanstad, has been awarded a Good Conduct Medal for exemplary conduct and service during the past year. Sergeant Haanstad is taking special training at the University of Minnesota, where he plays first violin with the university orchestra.

John Haanstad in Concert at U of Minnesota Union
Sergeant John Haanstad, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Haanstad of Eau Claire, was one of three ASTP [Army Specialized Training Program] men at the University of Minnesota to give a concert on Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the main lounge of the Ag Union at the university. Sergeant Haanstad is a violinist. The others were Corporal Erik Kahlson, also a violinist, and Private First Class Willard Sektberg, pianist. All were professional musicians before they entered the Army. The trio presented selections from the works of Chopin, Debussy, and Bach.

Sergeant Haanstad, who was born in Norway, received his Bachelor's Degree in Music from St. Olaf College, MN. He has studied under Edouard Hurliman, Concertmaster of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Sergeant John O. Haanstad is spending a 20-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Haanstad, 223 Chestnut Street. He is stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo, CA in the Infantry. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Glass and baby of Otter Lake, MI are visiting the Haanstads also. Mrs. Glass is the former Helen Haanstad.

Sgt. J. Haanstad Now in France
Sergeant John O. Haanstad has arrived in France, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Haanstad, 223 Chestnut Street.

Sergeant Haanstad entered service in June 1942. He received training at Fort Sheridan, IL; Army Specialized Training at the University of Minnesota; Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Camp Swift, TX; San Luis Obispo, CA; Camp Callen and Camp Cooke, CA, before going overseas.

Sergeant Haanstad is a talented violinist and appeared on several programs while in service. He is a graduate of Eau Claire High School and St. Olaf College and, before entering service, was teaching music and orchestration at Battleground, WA.

Additional Information Submitted by Paul Berge Emmaus church secretary

In case you update your veterans' pages, you may want to note the recent passing of John O. Haanstad. I ran across your page while researching his life for the obituary in our congregation's next newsletter.

Here is the obituary from the Racine Journal Times (

Haanstad, John Olav

RACINE - John Olav Haanstad, 86, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2006. He was born in Kristiansand, Norway on November 28, 1919, and raised by John and Elise Haanstad of Eau Claire. John served three-and-one- half years in the infantry during World War II and was employed for 35 years with the Wisconsin Industrial Commission Unemployment Compensation Department. John was an active member in various positions including Concertmaster for over 30 years in the Racine Symphony, the Racine String Quartet, and numerous other music groups. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Meta; and three children, John (Tatiana) Haanstad, Edith (Mohan) Tanniru, and Miles (Darcey) Haanstad. John is also survived by seven grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 1925 Summit Avenue, on Thursday, May 18, 2006, at 11 a.m. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Mary Janz. Burial will take place after the service at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a time to meet with the family at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Memorials to Emmaus Lutheran Church have been suggested. HANSON FUNERAL HOME 3014 Northwestern Avenue 632-4479 Published in the Racine Journal Times on 5/16/2006.