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Loyal John Staskivige, a devoted husband, friend, and Veteran, passed away on July 16, 2023, at the age of 75. Born in Grafton, North Dakota on December 21, 1947, Loyal was the son of the late John and DeVonna (Tverberg) Staskivige.

Loyal was a man of unwavering loyalty and dedication, as his name suggested. He served his country with honor, enlisting in the United States Navy in 1966 and proudly serving until 1970. During his service, he demonstrated exceptional bravery and commitment, earning the respect and admiration of his fellow servicemen.

After his military service, Loyal met the love of his life, Nola Mattson, and they were united in marriage in 1982. Together, they shared a beautiful journey filled with love, companionship, and mutual respect. They also owned and operated the Red Vest bar in Rockford, MN: a local institution that quickly became a treasured gathering place for friends, neighbors, and visitors alike. For over four decades, Loyal’s warm smile, friendly demeanor, and welcoming spirit made the Red Vest bar more than just a place to enjoy a drink; it became a hub of community camaraderie and cherished memories. His ability to make everyone feel at home, whether they were regular patrons or first-time visitors, earned him a special place in the hearts of all who walked through the bar’s doors.

Loyal’s warm and compassionate nature extended beyond his human connections; he had a deep affection for animals, especially his beloved cat, Vinny, his parrot Spencer, and canine companion, Carma. They were not just pets but cherished members of the family, providing Loyal with comfort and unconditional love.

In his leisure time, Loyal found joy in the outdoors, particularly on the golf course. Golfing was more than just a hobby for him; it was a way to unwind, connect with friends, and enjoy the beauty of nature around him.

Loyal will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Nola; brother, Wally Staskivige; sister, Melody Staskivige; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and DeVonna; and brothers, Kevin and Clayton.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 3:00 PM with visitation beginning at 1:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel – 119 Central Avenue, Buffalo, MN. Military honors will conclude the service.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Gail Graunke

    Nola and remaining family. We are so sorry for your loss. Just try to remember he is at rest now. Thoughts and prayers, Rich & Gail Graunke 🙏 ❤️

  2. Dawn Olsen

    Thoughts and prayers to all. I grew by him and also worked at the Red Vest.

  3. Adriana Klug

    Nola, So sorry to hear. You are in my thoughts.
    Take care

  4. Ronald Heacock

    Nola so sorry for your loss,I only knew you guys from my mail route and I think you may have been on it when I started delivering out Rockford first then finished out of Loretto in 2005 when I retired.You where great patrons always thinking of me at Christmas.I see Loyal served in the Navy almost the same time I did I served from Jan.1 67 to Dec.of 70.Thinking of you in your time of sorrow,God Bless and take care.😢🙏🏻⚓️🇺🇸

  5. Laurie Anderson

    We are so sorry for your huge loss Nola and family! Loyal was one of a kind, he was so caring, kind, and a joy to be with!
    Praying for peace for all of you!
    All our love,
    Frank and Laurie

  6. Bonnie Foss

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Healing thoughts and peace to all the family.

  7. Kevin Koehler

    Loyal was a good friend, he was kind hearted and always assumed the best of people. He gave a lot to the community of Rockford and gave so happily. I will miss our conversations. My condolences to his family.

  8. Carol Wegner

    Nola and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers 🙏 are with you and your family.

  9. Marty Gilmer

    Nola and family,
    I’m thinking about you everyday. God Bless!

  10. Elizabeth Anderson

    My dad only darkened the door of a bar perhaps 6 times a year, but it was always the Red Vest. We lived in Montrose, but for some reason dad liked to do everything in Rockford. So sorry for the family’s loss, prayers all around.



  12. James and Sandy Lee

    Loyal the few times i talked to him i found out that we both served our country and that we were already brothers. RIP Loyal,, we have the watch

  13. Scott Piehowski

    Going to be missed CUZ!!

  14. Bonnie Archer

    Thank you Loyal for sponsoring the women’s Red Vest team all those years. Each of us carry many precious memories in our hearts of you & the Red Vest. So many good times. My deepest sympathy to all of you – Nola, Wally & Melody.


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