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Elmer Reynold Lindquist

Elmer Reynold Lindquist, age 89 of Cokato, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006 at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Elmer was born Nov. 10, 1916 in French Lake to John Levi and Edith (Dahlman) Lindquist. He grew up on the farm just west of Grace Lutheran Church in French Lake Township, which is where Elmer was baptized and confirmed. He attended country school at Happy Corners.

Elmer served his country in the US Army from February 1942 to October of 1945. During his service, he was stationed in the Pacific Islands.

Upon returning home from the service, Elmer worked at Johnson Produce, driving a delivery truck. He then worked at the Chevrolet garage for a time, working as a mechanic.

In 1955, Elmer started his own egg and produce business, retiring at the age of 78.

Elmer was first married to Elvera Brabec, who passed away in 1961. He was then married to Gloria Hammer, and they shared 42 years of marriage.

Elmer enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, and fixing cars. He especially enjoyed visiting with and being around many people.

He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and American Legion Post 209.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Gloria; sons, Bruce (Evie) of Crystal, Gary of Cokato, and Randy (Donna) of Elk River; daughter Sandra Lindquist of Independence (and fiancé Stephen Lind of Montrose); five grandchildren, Jason (Marisol) Lindquist of Franklin, Tenn., Deborah (Bruce) Ackerman of Champlin, Jessica (Terry) Shipp of Albertville, and Bryant Lindquist and Anne Lindquist of Elk River; great-grandchildren Mathew, Kristen and Makayla; a sister, Myrtle Breitholtz of Albert Lea; and a brother, Paul Lindquist of Lewisberg, Ohio.

In addition to his first wife, Elvera, Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Vernon, Lawrence, and Robert.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, Feb. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, and continued for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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