- Associated Press - Saturday, January 6, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Cade Stensland welcomed his newborn son into the world on Dec. 19.

Two days later, Stensland died in an accident 20 miles east of Rapid City while delivering milk for his employer, Dean Foods. He would have turned 32 the next day.

The Larchwood, Iowa, man was laid to rest Dec. 28. Besides leaving behind his newborn son, he leaves two young daughters and his wife of nearly four years, Christina. More than 200 people turned out in Larchwood’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church to pay their respects, said John Anderson of Anderson Funeral Home.

The tragic circumstances surrounding his death led the wife of a Pennington County sheriff’s deputy to start a GoFundMe account to raise money for Stensland’s family, the Argus Leader reported . Andrea Wolfe Davis’ husband responded to the accident.

Stensland was driving a Dean Foods delivery van eastbound on Interstate 90 at 8:45 p.m. Dec. 21 when he rear-ended a charter bus that was stopped in the middle of the highway. The bus had lost power and didn’t have lights. None of the 56 passengers on the bus were injured.

Stensland wasn’t so lucky.

“It was a difficult holiday week for the team, mourning a co-worker who lost his life while doing his job delivering milk for the community,” said Dean Foods spokesman Jamaison Schuler.

His loss was a huge blow to the family, Anderson said. Stensland also worked on the family farm and had recently started an organic hops operation.

Davis, whose husband has been in law enforcement for 23 years, said law enforcement officers don’t go unscathed by the tragedies they encounter.

“They get affected by a lot of their calls,” she said. “This one is rough.”

When she heard the tragic details of the accident, Davis wanted to see if anyone was raising money to help Stensland’s young family. She reached out to Anderson, who got her in touch with Stensland’s parents.

She launched the site, https://www.gofundme.com/cade-stenslands-family, on Christmas Eve, and by that evening had about $2,000 in donations. As of Dec. 28, the site had raised $7,315, near the $10,000 goal.

The community, Davis said, has stepped up with a diaper drive and church meals. But longer term, she is worried about Stensland’s widow, who now must raise three young children without their father.

“They are going to go through some tough times,” she said.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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