May 25, 1925 – Thursday, July 7, 2011
Buffalo Covenant Church
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Buffalo Covenant Church
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Bruce D. Holmquist, 86, of Buffalo, died July 7, 2011 at the Lake Ridge Care Center with his family by his side. He was born May 25, 1925 in Buffalo, the son of Edwin and Mabel Holmquist. Bruce graduated from Buffalo High School in 1943 and was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. He spent most of his service time in Germany, where he served honorably with the 333rd Infantry Regiment in the 84th division of I Company through the end of the war. Bruce married Harriet Oien on January 9, 1951 in Buffalo, Minnesota. Two sons and three daughters were born to them. He spent all of his working years at the Holmquist Grocery Store, a community fixture that was first established by his father Edwin. He worked with co-owners/brothers Kermit and Dwight for over fifty years and loved the customers and the employees that he saw on a regular basis. Bruce was an active member of the Buffalo Covenant Church, where he was confirmed. He served on a number of different boards at the church, served time as a trustee and was a faithful usher for many years. He also served on the Ebeneezer (Lake Ridge) board, on the Board of the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church and on the Buffalo Public School Board.
Bruce was preceded in death by his mother and father, sister Muriel and brother-in-law Raymond Peterson, brother Dwight Holmquist, sister Maxine and brother-in-law Floyd Brown, sister-in-law Bernice (Kermit) Holmquist, and granddaughter Gina (John and Barb) Holmquist.
Survivors include Harriet, his loving wife of 60 years, brothers Kermit Holmquist and Keith (Shirley) Holmquist, sisters Beverly (Edward) Kussman and Sharon (Stanley) Skytte, sister-in-law Gale (Dwight) Holmquist, children John (Barbara) Holmquist, Rand (Colleen) Holmquist, Carol (Barry) Bennett, Kristine (Robert) Kruck, Sandra (William) Nybakken, 19 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and many other family members and friends.
Funeral services for Bruce D. Holmquist will be held at the Buffalo Covenant Church on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Carl Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at the Swedish Mission Cemetery in Buffalo. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 12 at the church from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo is in charge of funeral arrangements.
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