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Louis Emanuel Norquist, age 97 of New Hope, MN formerly Baudette, MN and Albertville, MN, passed away June 7, 2023.

He was born on April 30, 1926 to Albin and Swea (Wicklander) Norquist in Roosevelt, Minnesota. He spent his childhood in Roosevelt and enlisted at the young age of 17 to serve in the United States Navy. He proudly served from 1943 in the Pacific Theater until his honorable discharge in 1946.

On August 3, 1947, he was joined in marriage to MaryRuth Norton in Roosevelt, MN. The two were high school sweethearts. Their family moved several times around the State for his job. He worked in Fergus Falls and Duluth, then returned to Roosevelt.  He began working for the DNR in Park Rapids, and then the family moved to Baudette. Louis worked as a mechanic for the DNR until his retirement in April of 1988.

Louis enjoyed hunting, fishing on Lake of the Woods, coaching youth hockey, playing cribbage, and working on his carpentry projects. He was a member of the American Legion in Baudette.

He is preceded in death by his wife, MaryRuth; parents; infant sister; and brothers, Lester and Richard.

Louis is survived by his daughters, Kathie Adam and Debra (Preston) Jones; grandchildren, Chris Lewis, Alison Lewis, and Timothy (Elizabeth) Adam; great-grandchildren, Avery McCawley, Chase Adam, and Kevin Gutierrez; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Discover Church (1400 81st Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN) with visitation one hour prior. Inurnment will take place at Fort Snelling on Monday, July 24th, 2023 at 11:30 AM.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jerry and Jan Dunn

    Missing the history that man could pass on

  2. Millie Muwller

    Condolences to the family. Louis was a one in a million and an inspiration to many on how to travel through this life. I cherish the memories of our chats over coffee, reminiscing about the good old days “Up North”. R.I.P. Louis.

  3. Jerry and Mary Drewes

    What a treat it was to get to know your father/grandfather. I had the pleasure of working with Louie and his best buddy, Roy for many summers. I learned so much from both of them and had so much fun in the process. I may have been the butt of the jokes when it came to duck hunting stories, however.
    Both Mary and I have the utmost respect for Louie, his generous spirit in service to his country and in service to whichever community he happened to call home.


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