Reuben Kvidt

Reuben Kvidt

  • Funeral Date: 6/06/16
  • Funeral Time: 1:00 PM
  • Date of Birth: 4/29/18
  • Date of Death: 5/27/16
  • Funeral Location: Cornerstone Community Church - Northfield

Reuben D. Kvidt was born April 29, 1918 to Aron and Anna Aronson on a farm north of Bottineau, North Dakota. He was the 3rd of 5 children. His father died when he was 4 years old. He and his siblings were placed in an orphanage near Twin Valley, Minnesota. When Reuben was 7 years old his mother was remarried to John E. Kvidt, and they settled on a farm nearby. Reuben respected and admired John and took “Kvidt” as his surname. He graduated from Twin Valley High School and attended Interstate Business College in Fargo.

In 1938, Reuben enlisted in the United States Army at Fort Snelling. He served his country for the next 23 years, retiring in 1961 as a Major. Among his many assignments was duty in Europe in WWII, The Korean War, 5 years of teaching ROTC at Shattuck School in Faribault, one year in the Arctic, and the intelligence section of General Douglas MacArthur’s staff. Among his awards and citations are the Combat Infantry Badge, the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, the Purple heart, two Presidential unit citations, and a citation from the President of South Korea.

On April 4, 1941, Reuben married Catherin Zahn. Together they had 4 children during their 26 year marriage. In December of 1968 Reuben married Barbara Gordan. Barbara was called home to the Lord in March of 1985. In 1986 Reuben married Arlet Halverson. Together Reuben and Arlet went on numerous Work and Witness short term mission trips in several different countries and were active in the Gideon ministry and held a number of different offices over the years.

After retirement from the Army, Reuben entered the real estate business. He became a land developer and home builder. One of his achievements in real estate was the development of 280 acres in Arroyo Grande, California into 346 homes, and a shopping center that included two motels, three restaurants, and an assortment of stores and shops. In 1995 Reuben and Arlet made their home in Cannon Lake, Faribault, MN and became members of the Evangelical Free Church. In 2002 they moved to Northfield where they were faithful members of Cornerstone Community Church. The most important thing to Reuben was his faith in Jesus Christ. He will leave a legacy of faith to future generations.

Reuben enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, reading the Bible and the commentaries, playing bridge and cribbage, woodworking, and visiting museums. He was an avid Minnesota sports fan, he especially enjoyed following the Vikings, Gophers and Twins. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

On Friday, May 27, 2016, Reuben passed away peacefully, with his loving wife by his side at the Care Center of the Northfield Retirement Community. Memorial service will be at 1:00pm on Monday, June 6, 2016 at Cornerstone Community Church in Northfield with Rev. Keith Beckwith presiding. Interment will be on Monday June 6, 2016 at 10:45am, assembly area #2 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation from 2pm – 5pm on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield. Memorials preferred to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 622, Faribault, MN 55021.

Reuben is survived by his wife Arlet; children: Sandra (Jack) Kirtley of Mission Viejo, CA, Richard Kvidt of Las Vegas; step-children: Clay (Trish) Halverson of Bend, OR, and Wade Halverson of Dickinson, ND; 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Annabelle Norby of Afton, NY; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his parents and two sons James and Paul.

Arrangements are with the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.





  1. Dan Streitz

    Reuben was a kind gentleman, a leader, a mentor, he was blessed with God’s fruit of the spirit explained in Galatians 5:22-23. He will be missed.

  2. Steve Sheila Pfarr

    Arlet we are so sorry for your loss we will be praying for you and the family, Reuben was a wonderful man and will be missed very much. If Sheila or I can be of any help please let us know we think of you often,Steve and Sheila Pfarr

  3. Sheila Pfarr

    One of the greatest men I have had the pleasure of meeting . I had the pleasure of introducing my friend Arlet to Reuben , my daughter was dating his grandson Bobby , they married. And then Reuben and Arlet married . I know all will miss this great man . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sheila Pfarr and Steven Pfarr

  4. C.D.Cox

    I served with Reuben in 19th Ord.Co. Ft Ord 1960-61 great man. Salute sir. C.D.Cox Los Osos,Ca.

  5. Wendell Elliott

    I had the utpmost respect for this man. I wish this country had more people like him. He was a great man, a great Christian and a great American. He will really be missed.

    Wendell Elliott

  6. Sharon Jensen

    What a wonderful man. Ou thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Love Sharon Jensen

  7. Cynthia Ali

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Reuben! I have very great
    memories of Reuben from the FEFC. What a kind man!
    Thinking of Arlet and his family at this time. – Cynthia Guy Ali

  8. Russell J Schwichtenberg

    As Tony Dungy would say.. Reuben knew what it took to “Live a Life of Significance”. He was an “Uncommon Man of Great Honor”.

    God’s Face shined down on Reuben. I could easily tell Arlet was a major Blessing from God.

    He was a man of integrity, honor, and great wisdom. He was an example for us men to follow. Peace to Arlet and family.