Lloyd Eugene Melquist, age 86, of Cokato, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born June 7, 1921, at home in Cokato Township to Alice (Beckman) and Walter Melquist. Lloyd was confirmed at Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1937, by Pastor Andreen. He attended grades one through eight at Melquist Country School.
Lloyd married Helen Wendolek in Silver Lake Nov. 7, 1945. The couple moved to their own farm northeast of Cokato, and Lloyd farmed there throughout his life, milking cows, raising pigs, chickens, and steers, and growing cash crops.
He also worked seasonally as a foreman at the Northland Canning Company in Cokato, and ran a sawmill for 40 years, sawing and manufacturing pallets.
In his early years, Lloyd liked to fish and go deer hunting. For many years, he helped put up the corn stand for the annual Cokato Corn Carnival. He enjoyed playing on a horseshoe team, and on the Howard Lake softball team.
Lloyd was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.
He would always light up with a large smile when his family came with their children, and he enjoyed filling them with his wit, wisdom, and jokes; and watching them grow.
Lloyd will be missed by his family, and many special coffee buddies.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; three children, Dianne (Robert) Zitzloff of Cokato, Darlene Larson of Cokato, and Larry Melquist of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Darwin (Cindy) Zitzloff of Howard Lake, Blaine (Sandy) Zitzloff of Cokato, Josie (David) Koivisto of Blythe, Calif., Jake (Dana) Pettit, Jana Pettit, all of Cokato, and Angela (Jeff) Templin of Glencoe; and great-grandchildren, Ryan, Devin and Cheyenne Zitzloff, Deserae Peterson, Dylan and Caleigh Zitzloff, TJ, Charlie, Martin and Brock Koivisto, Addison and Ava Pettit, and Gracey and Briana Templin.
Lloyd is further survived by a sister, Doris Gerber of Howard Lake; brothers, Wallace Melquist of Darwin, and Virgil Melquist of Cokato; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lauren Melquist; and a grandson, Scott Melquist.
Funeral service took place Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato with the Rev. Steve Thorson officiating. Music was provided by Karen Anderson. Interment was at Cokato City Cemetery.
Visitation was Monday, Dec. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Casket bearers were Darwin Zitzloff, Blaine Zitzloff, Ryan Zitzloff, Devin Zitzloff, Jake Pettit, and David Koivisto. Honorary casket bearers were Bob Zitzloff, Greg Holt, Mel Bjur, Oscar Majava, Don Shoutz, and Manfred Johnson.
Arrangements were by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.