Henry Benjamin Bergquist, age 87, of Howard Lake, died Wednesday, July 15, 2015, while a patient at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born March 28, 1928, in Buffalo, the son of Henry H. and Lydia (Ordorff) Bergquist. Henry was baptized at his parents’ home April 25, 1928, and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montrose.
Henry was united in marriage to Betty Lou Snyder Jan. 27, 1951, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. They were blessed with six children.
Henry’s hobbies included fixing things, dancing, and flying remote control planes, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou; parents, Henry H. and Lydia Bergquist; sister Gloria Bergquist; father and mother-in-law, Waverly and Florence Snyder; daughter Wanda Buskhol; son-in-law Jack Buskhol; and brothers-in-law Kenneth Snyder, Wilfy Decker, and Norman Splettstoezer.
Henry is survived by his children, Ben Bergquist of Howard Lake, Dwight (special friend Sharon) Bergquist of St. Augusta, Linda (Jeff) Schumacher of Lester Prairie, Doug (Mary Kay) Bergquist of Cokato, Kate (Paul) Jewett of Howard Lake, and Paula Bergquist; 12 grandchildren: Nicole (Corey Snavely) Bergquist, Chad Keinholz, Samantha (Doug) Lind, Cassie (Scott) Bergquist, Ashley (Andy) Schwindel, Staci (Travis) Hanson, Kelly (Jesse) Bergquist, Amanda (Adam Loch) Bergquist, Henry (Megan Eiden) Jewett, Amber (Jeremy) Nelson, Kaedee Kay Bergquist and Savanna Buskhol; and 17 great-grandchildren: Hunter, Keegan, Lydia, Gracie, Morgan, Liam, Skyler, Slate, Payton, Lucas, Noah, Xander, Estella, Norah, Kimber, Taylor and Briana.
He is further survived by a brother, Jim (Donna) Bergquist; sisters Darlene (Willis) Cardinal, and Harriet Splettstoezer (Paul Carlson); sisters-in-law Betty Snyder, and Bev Decker; special friend Sharon Farenbaugh; special friends of the family, Larry and Dawn Caswell; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service took place Monday, July 20 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake, with the Rev. William Keller officiating. Nancy Butterfass served as the organist. Interment of remains will be at a later date.
Henry’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were honorary pallbearers.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.