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Bruce Lundquist

July 27, 1958 — June 16, 2012

Bruce Lundquist

Funeral Service for Bruce Arlen Lundquist, son of Richard and the late Ilene Lundquist, will be held Friday, June 22, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Siloah Lutheran Church (Parnell Township), rural Wheaton, Minnesota with Rev. John Ragan officiating. Organist will be Tammy Ragan with a duet by Rev. John and Tammy Ragan. Pallbearers will be Dieter Lundquist, Jonathan Froemke, Dominic Froemke, Eric Lundquist and Jeremiah Froemke. Honorary Pallbearers will be the residents and staff of St. Peter Regional Treatment Center. Interment will be in Siloah Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 21st from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service at the Ranney-Bainbridge Funeral Home in Wheaton. Bruce passed away Saturday morning, June 16, 2012 at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center in St. Peter, Minnesota. Bruce Arlen Lundquist was born in Wheaton Minnesota on July 27, 1958 to parents Richard and Ilene (Weick) Lundquist. He was baptized on August 17, 1958, at Siloah Lutheran Church, by Rev. Roger W. Anderson. Bruces baptismal sponsors were his aunt and uncle, Lucille and Robert Lundquist. Bruce was confirmed on June 4, 1972 at Siloah Lutheran Church, by Rev Elmer D Sundlie. Bruce graduated from Wheaton High School in 1976. Bruce was born a healthy, robust child, full of smiles and energy but soon fell ill to what would become a life time of illnesses and challenges resulting from complications of those illnesses. Those challenges did not stop Bruce from being an outgoing, friendly, ambitious person who most loved sharing his faith in God through his beautiful voice, his fluent prayers, and the kindnesses he bestowed on those whose lives he touched. Bruce loved his home congregation, Siloah Lutheran Church of Parnell Township. He enjoyed keeping up on the activities of the church and members. Bruce dearly loved his family, especially his loving parents, Richard and Ilene who devoted their entire lives to caring for Bruce through all of his many struggles. Bruce knew and appreciated this unending love and devotion that his parents had for him. He loved his brother and sister, Owen and Julieann very much as well. His love was extended to his nephews and their families too. He so enjoyed hearing about all of their lifes activities and always kept them in his prayers. Bruce enjoyed a very close relationship with his grandparents, aunts and uncles over the years. Bruce so appreciated all of the love, prayers, and support that he received from his entire family. Bruce enjoyed living on the farm, operating tractors, combines, and driving grain truck. He loved the out doors. Bruce was an active member of the Association of Retarded Citizens and was invited to speak in front of a committee at the Minnesota State Capital, encouraging funding of services for handicapped residents. Bruce loved to sing, especially his favorite hymns, of which he had many. He could sing a cappella beautifully when accompaniment wasnt available. Because of the complications of his illnesses, Bruce resided at the St Peter Regional Treatment Center in St Peter, Minnesota for the past 33 years. He was a friend to all there, sharing his faith, love, care, and concern for fellow residents and staff. Even though caring for Bruce was difficult and frustrating at times, the staff at the Treatment Center were wonderful care givers to Bruce and Bruce considered them his friends. He rarely forgot anyones name and enjoyed their company. They were his extended family away from home. Bruce enjoyed working in the garden, working various jobs on the unit, and also worked at Green Acres, where they worked on various tasks. He also enjoyed woodworking, art, and especially his music. Bruce was a wonderful blessing to his family. He taught them to love unconditionally, just as his Savior loved him. Bruce lived his life with dignity, accepting his emotional and mental disabilities as best he could. His biggest fault was that he failed to recognize his gifts and how much the sharing of his faith in God helped so many people during his lifetime. A poem that Bruce recently wrote follows. When God Comes To Call I know that when I die, the Lord God will take me to heaven and I will see the loved ones that have gone before me. When I die, I know that God will take me to my heavenly home and I will be so happy and at peace with myself. Bruce is now at peace and rest in his Fathers arms, free from all of the afflictions he suffered on earth, perfect in Gods eyes. God Bless you Bruce, you are loved and will not be forgotten. Bruce is survived by his father Richard Lundquist, brother Owen Lundquist and sister Julieann (Bud) Froemke all of Wheaton, Minnesota and five nephews: Dieter (Amanda) Lundquist; Jonathan (Summer) Froemke, Dominic Froemke, Eric Lundquist and Jeremiah (Trista Whaley) Froemke; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews. Bruce was preceded in death by his mother Ilene (Weick) Lundquist. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Siloah Lutheran Church Cemetery or Graceland Cemetery of White Rock, South Dakota
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