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Michael Granquist, 68

Michael Reynold Granquist, age 68, of rural Cokato, died peacefully at home Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, surrounded by loved ones.

A celebration of his life will take place Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cokato, with gathering of family and friends two hours prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services; www.swansonpeterson.com.

Michael was born July 6, 1948, in Litchfield, to Reynold and Minnie (Simonson) Granquist. He was raised on the family farm north of Cokato, near Happy Corner.

He attended school at Happy Corner until the eighth grade, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1966.

After graduation, Michael pursued a career in the Army National Guard. He was very proud to serve his country, and retired after 28 years.

In 1975, Mike started a career in real estate working for United Farm Agency, and later for Swartz Brothers. In 1982, he joined Bradley Real Estate, and eventually became part owner.

Mike was united in marriage to Christine Edwards in 1970, and they had two daughters, Denise Granquist of LaFeria, TX, and Aimee (Granquist) Burgstaler of Delano.

He was united in marriage to Lynn (Rausch) Flickinger Nov. 26, 1986, and acquired two more daughters, Tammy (Flickinger) Mattson of Carbondale, CO, and Lisa (Flickinger) Anderson of Ham Lake.

Mike and Lynn made their home on the family farm for the last 30 years, which he actively farmed until the last few years.

Mike enjoyed farming, hunting, and playing horseshoes, winning many trophies and championships. He also really enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He became a French Lake Township supervisor in September 1993, and since March 1994, had served as the chairman of the board. He was also an active member of the Kingston American Legion, Post 387.

Gratefully sharing his life, Mike is survived by his wife, Lynn; daughters Tammy (Scott) Mattson, Lisa (Larry) Anderson, Denise Granquist, and Aimee (Evan) Burgstaler; sisters Elaine (Wally) MacDonald and Mae Evenski; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marilyn; and an infant brother, Roger.

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