Kenneth William Bergquist, age 91, of Dassel, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Funeral services will take place Monday, May 15 at 11 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.
There will be visitation Sunday afternoon, May 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continue Monday one hour prior to the service at the church. Private burial will take place at Steelesville Cemetery, rural Dassel, at a later date.
Military honors will be provided by the Dassel American Legion Paul F. Dille Post 364.
Memorial donations are preferred to go to the Steelesville Cemetery.
Kenneth was born Oct. 7, 1925, on the family farm, Collinwood Township, rural Dassel, the son of August and Mary (Erickson) Bergquist.
He attended Steelesville Country School, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1943.
Kenneth served in the US Army during World War II from 1944 to 1946, and was in combat in Germany and France.
He was united in marriage to Alice Steinhilber June 15, 1957, at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe. To this union, three children were born.
The couple resided on the home farm, built a new home and raised their family. Ken farmed, and in the early years, worked on road construction.
He then worked as a carpenter on crews with Paul Nelson and Lloyd Broberg. In 1965, and for the next 17 years, Ken was employed by Holm Brothers in Dassel as a flooring installer. He retired from farming in 1997.
A lifelong member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Ken had been a past member of Brotherhood and choir. He enjoyed coffee and visiting with friends, bird-watching, fishing, gardening, and most of all, time spent with family.
A keen observer of nature, Ken enjoyed the change of seasons and life on the farm. A highlight of his later years was a trip in 2010, to Washington DC, on an Honor Flight with his daughter-in-law, Susan.
Ken is survived by his daughter, Carol (and Orlynn) Hegna of Granite Falls; sons Leslie (and Susan) of Granite Falls, and Keith (and Rogene) of St. Louis Park; eight grandchildren: Hannah Bergquist, Liesl Bergquist, Anne (Doug) Zepeski, Karl Hegna, Amelia Bergquist, Peter Bergquist, Kayla Hegna, and William Bergquist; nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice (2007); parents; a brother, Willard (Fern); sisters Louise (Richard) Baldwin, and Evelyn (Harold) Larson; and a nephew, William Baldwin.