Joel Nyquist, 76

Joel Victor Nyquist, age 76, passed away in his home in Cokato, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.

Joel was born Aug. 13, 1945, in Hutchinson, MN, to Eugene and Martha (Gustafson) Nyquist.

He grew up on a farm in Dassel, MN where his family members were active in Lamson Evangelical Free Church. It was through the church that he met his future wife, Darlene Swedberg, when he was 17 years old.

Joel graduated from Cokato High School and attended Augsburg College, where he played football and graduated with a major in biology.

He married Darlene Nov. 9, 1968, and they lived for the first year in Germany while Joel served in the US Army during the Vietnam war.

After coming home, they settled in Cokato, where Joel farmed for many years. He finished his career working as a nursing home administrator.

Joel was an active member of Elim Mission Church in Cokato, serving in many different roles throughout his years.

Joel’s hobbies included woodworking, gardening, and, most of all, spending time with his kids and grandkids.

Joel was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Nyquist; parents, Eugene and Martha Nyquist; brother, Maurice Nyquist; and sister, Sally Nyquist.

Joel is survived by his children, Darla Nyquist, Matthew (Jennifer) Nyquist, Joshua (Heidi) Nyquist, Benjamin (Kristina) Nyquist, Anjali Nyquist; brother, Peter (Susan) Nyquist; grandchildren, Tyler, Megan, Chase, Zachary, Katie, Emma, Bennett, Caleb, Luke, Abigail, Olivia; and several nieces and nephews and their children.

A funeral service for Joel took place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at Highland Community Church in Cokato, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

A time of gathering took place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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