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James Erling Bergquist, was born November 22, 1932, at home in Marysville MN, to Henry and Lydia (Ordorff) Bergquist.  Jim was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Montrose. He was a 1951 Buffalo High School graduate. On August 1, 1955 Jim married his sweetheart Donna Mae Posthumus.  Jim and Donna lived in Buffalo and Montrose until they moved the family to Plymouth in 1965.  Jim had a variety of jobs: farm implement dealer, TV repair person, farmer and journeyman mechanic.  Jimbo was the chief mechanic for several race car teams and spent many weekends at tracks across Minnesota and Wisconsin, a longtime member of and head usher at Messiah UMC, and a proud Amsoil dealer for 40 years, selling synthetic motor oils before they were a thing and building a strong dealership and customer base.  He passed peacefully on August 31, 2022. His family and friends will miss the kind, big hearted Jimbo, who never met a stranger.  Survived by Donna, his wife of 67 years; his children Dawn (Tim) Thrift, Denise Ward, Carrie Olsgard, Bradley Bergquist (Kathy Cole), Jeffrey Bergquist, Candace (Paul) Pella and Daphne (Tim) Rued; his grandchildren Megan (Nicholas) Tackmann, Heidi (Brian) Schminski, Christine (Michael) Smith, Rebecca Thrift, Charles (Bibiana Hassan)Thrift,  Sherri (Travis) Forcier, Christopher Griffin, Allyson (Orlando) Flynn, Devin Miszkiewicz, Michael (Kristin) Bergquist, Jordan Adams, Tyler Bergquist, Rachel (Alex Underwood) Pella, Joshua Pella, Nicholas (Amy) Pella, Angela Bergquist, Anthony Rued and Alexander Rued, many great grandchildren and kitty Snookie.   Jim is also survived by his sisters Darleen (Willis) Cardinal and Harriet Splettstoeszer, sisters- and brother-in-law Betty Johnson, Ruthann Dixon and Karen (Dick) Larson and many cousins, nieces and nephews.   Preceded in death by his parents Henry and Lydia, sister Gloria, brother Bennie, in-laws John and Gertrude Posthumus, Norman Splettstoeszer, Betty Lou Bergquist, Ione and Warren Anderson, Myron Johnson and Max Dixon.  Also proceeded in death by son-in-law David Ward and posthumously by granddaughter Angie’s fiancé Alan Wermerskirchen.  “Junk In Motion” declares “The best is yet to come!”  Funeral service Thursday, September 15th at 11:00 A.M. Messiah United Methodist Church, 17805 County Road #6, in Plymouth.   Visitation Wednesday, September 14th 5-8 P.M. The Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Avenue, in Buffalo.   Further visitation Thursday morning, September 15th one hour prior to services at the church.   Online condolences may be made to


2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Carol Walhowe Bitzer

    I was saddened to read about Jim’s passing. He probably wouldn’t have remembered me but I went to that little Carlson School. Three girls started first grade together Gloria, Karin and myself. I introduced myself at Eileen Solberg’s funeral when she passed away. RIP Jim

  2. Mary Fritz Barfnecht

    Dear Donna and family,
    My sincere sympathy to you all.
    My husband, Dale Fritz, worked at Nationwide Carriers and Silica Sand with Jimbo and Dale absolutely loved working with him and his friendship. Dale passed 18 years ago, hopefully they have found each other in heaven and are already fixing on a engine.
    Many Blessings to you,
    Mary Fritz-Barfnecht


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