Rev. P. L. Kvitne Obituary

Rev. P. L.   Kvitne
Rev. P. L. Kvitne
Rev. P. L. Kvitne

December 1, 1924 - March 29, 2012
Born in Buxton, ND
Resided in Grimes, IA
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Percy Lewellyn Kvitne was born December 1, 1924, the son of Albert C. Kvitne and his wife, Christine (Quanrud) Kvitne at Buxton, North Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed in the NY Stavanger Lutheran Church at Buxton.

He attended elementary and secondary school at Buxton, graduating from high school in 1943. He entered Mayville State Teachers College, at Mayville, North Dakota in the fall of 1943. He graduated from Mayville in 1949. During that period of time he also taught secondary school for three years.

In the fall of 1949 he entered Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, as he felt the call of the Holy Spirit to enter the ministry. Percy graduated from Luther Seminary in 1954, taught another year of public school, then served his theological internship and obtained his theological education.

It was while on internship at Morningside Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa that he met and married Mary Frances Turk in 1953.

Pastor Kvitne was ordained at Mayville Lutheran Church, Mayville, North Dakota, in May 1954. The young couple set out immediately for Paullina, Iowa where Pastor had received his first call to Siloam Lutheran Church. While serving there, David John and Mary Lou were born.

After serving at Paullina for six and one half years, a call was accepted to serve St. Peter Lutheran Church at Grimes, Iowa. The family moved to Grimes in February 1961. While living and working there, Pastor also earned his Masters of Science Degree in Education from Drake University in 1968.

In July of 1978, Pastor and Mrs. Kvitne accepted a call to St. John Lutheran Church in Frederika, Iowa where they served for twelve and one half years until Pastor retired from the full time ministry in April of 1990. They then moved back to Grimes to live in retirement. Pastor conducted his ministry on a part-time basis by serving congregations in this area who have been in need of pastoral care on a short term basis, as well as vacation supply.

Pastor died at his home in Grimes on Thursday, March 30, 2012. Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Monday, April 2, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Grimes followed by burial at Sunny Hill Cemetery. He leaves his wife of 58 years, Mary; his son, David (Pamela) Kvitne; his daughter, Mary (Steven) Stocks; three grandchildren, Ariana (Cole) Painter, Alex (Olivia) Kvitne and Christa (Eric) Nelson; nieces; nephews and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

In addition to ministerial duties, Pastor Kvitne took an active part in community activities. He did a considerable amount of substitute teaching in the public schools and participated in PTA, Library, Boy Scouts, Community Health and Community Growth groups. In addition to the preaching and counseling ministry, he felt he was probably doing his best work when he was teaching a group of young people. He always tried to emphasize that we are called to live our faith through word and deed. One of his favorite summations of this truth was, "The only Bible the world reads is the Bible according to you."

The family expresses sincere thanks for the gifts, cards, flowers, and all the other many ways you have shown your love, God's blessing to all.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Iowa Home Health Care Hospice

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Brandt Dallas Center
1301 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA US 50063
Sunday, April 1, 2012
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
St. Peter Lutheran Church
1001 South James Street, P.O. Box 95
Grimes, IA US 50111
Monday, April 2, 2012
1:00 PM
Sunny Hill Cemetery
SE Jacob Street and SE 6th Street
Grimes, IA US 50111
Monday, April 2, 2012
2:00 PM


St. Peter Lutheran Church
1001 S. James Street, P.O. Box 95
Grimes, IA 50111
Iowa Health Home Care Hospice
1206 Mulberry Street
Des Moines, IA 50309