Loyal Golv

Loyal Golv

  • Funeral Date: 3/03/17
  • Funeral Time: 10:30 A.M.
  • Date of Birth: 5/31/26
  • Date of Death: 2/28/17
  • Funeral Location: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd - Edina

The Rev. Dr. Loyal E. Golv, age 90 of Edina, MN, died February 28, 2017.

Loyal was born on May 31, 1926, in Chicago, IL. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; his daughter, Naomi; his son, the Rev. John and his wife, Cathy; and his grandchildren Michael, Sarah (Rick Cedergren), and Christopher (Anna). He was preceded in death by his parents Ole and Olive (Kalvig) Golv, his sister Dolores Foxvog, and his brothers Philip, Ronald and Richard.

Loyal served in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from Waldorf College in Forest City, IA in 1948; from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1950; and from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 1953. In 1978, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Seminary.

Pastor Golv served Trinity Lutheran Church, Wibaux, MT; First Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND; Bethel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, ND; St. John’s Lutheran Church, Northfield, MN; and First Lutheran Church, Brookings, SD. In this 28-year period, a series of his Lenten sermons entitled The Cross and Crises was published by Augsburg Publishing House in 1961. He wrote his doctoral thesis entitled The Catechism and Creative Learning in 1978. His book, Jesus’ Teachings about Money – A Guide to Biblical Stewardship was published by Kirk House Publishing in 2008.

During his last decade of ministry prior to retirement, Loyal was called to various positions related to stewardship in the national office of the American Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, and in the churchwide office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Chicago, IL. He retired on May 31, 1991.

In his retirement years, Rev. Golv served as an interim pastor at Lutheran Memorial Church, Pierre, SD, and at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Forest City, IA.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30AM, Friday, March 3, 2017, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S., Minneapolis. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to Luther Seminary, Kabekona Lake Foundation, Lutheran Social Services of MN, or to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Private interment will be in Pleasant View Memorial Gardens, Burnsville, MN.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com


  1. Mark Ditmanson

    Rev. Dr. Loyal Golv was my pastor while I grew up at St. John’s in Northfield. Now I am a pastor. I give heartfelt thanks to God for Pastor Golv. I may have been too young to fully remember and appreciate his sermons, but it was his joyful and grace filled presence that I fondly remember. His smile, his laughter, his generosity, his faith and his steady leadership made a deep impression on me. He was a great role model. What a marvelous servant of the Lord.

  2. Philip and Marilyn Froiland

    Loyal and I were at Seminary together and have known each other through the years. He was the Pastor at St.John’s in Northfield at the time of my mother’s funeral, which he conducted. I preached for him once at his church in Brookings, SD and, in these latter years, we have been residents together at 7500 York Cooperative. He was a significant pastor and excellent preacher in the American Lutheran Church/ELCA, with a strong emphasis on stewardship. Blessed be his memory!

  3. Leif Knecht

    So sorry to learn that a wonderful man like Loyal has passed. When I was a young confirmand of 14 or 15, and full of questions and full of doubts, Loyal helped me understand how to wrestle with doubt and its balance with faith. He helped me understand that life is full of fray areas and not just black and white. This understanding has served me very well throughout my life and I am ever so grateful for his wisdom and kindness. Hope you all find God’s love in this time of loss.

  4. Paul Ulring

    I met Loyal first as a student at Waldorf College. He was a special speaker for a series there. Later for over thirty years he and Ruth were neighbors to the cabin we were privileged to use at Kabekona Lake and after that when we built our own place there. I met Loyal other times in his many roles in the church, the last time when he was doing research for the ELCA on larger churches. Brilliant, humble, wise in so many ways. What a gift he has been both personally and to the Church.

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