Kenneth D Bergquist (1921 - 2003)

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Kenneth D Bergquist
1921 - 2003
April 12, 1921
Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota United States
June 3, 2003
Saint Lukes Hospital in Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota United States
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Duluth, Saint Louis County, Minnesota 55811
Kenneth D Bergquist was born on April 12, 1921 in Duluth, Minnesota. He is the child of David Bergquist and Esther Rodenius, with siblings Ruth and Kathryn. He was baptized in Duluth, Minnesota. According to his family tree, Kenneth was father to 8 children. He married Aileen W Bergquist, and they had children Paul Bergquist, Laurel Bergquist, Thomas Bergquist, and Wendy Bergquist. He married Aileen (W) Johnson, and they had children Paul Bergquist, Laurel Bergquist, Thomas Bergquist, and Wendy Bergquist. Kenneth died on June 3, 2003 at Saint Lukes Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota at 82 years old.
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Duluth, Saint Louis County, Minnesota 55811
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Complications of Lung Cancer
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June 7, 2003
Oneota Cemetery Highland St, in Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota United States 55807
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Denfeld High School




Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota United States


Drove Bus for City of Duluth; City of Duluth Fireman for 28 years; F & I, testing/filling fire extinguishers

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Army Air Corp during WWII; Tech Sargent, Radar Tech and Flight Engineer on B25

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Kenneth D. Bergquist, 82, of Edgewood Vista, formerly of Chambersburg Ave., died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, in St. Luke's Hospital, as a result of complications of lung cancer. He was born on April 12, 1921, in Duluth to David and Esther (Rodenius) Bergquist. Ken was a lifelong Duluth resident and a 1940 graduate of Denfeld High School. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, serving in North Africa and Italy with Headquarters Squadron, 49th Bomb Wing of the 15th Air Force, achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant. Ken had been an employee of the former Heule Brothers Auto Parts and the Duluth Superior Transit Company. He was a firefighter for the Duluth Fire Department, retiring in 1982, as captain, after 27 years service. He had also worked on a part time basis for F&I Sales, testing and refilling fire extinguishers. Ken married Aileen Johnson on Nov. 16, 1943, in First Covenant Church. They would have celebrated 60 years of marriage in November. He enjoyed times with family, making homemade root beer at Christmas, fishing, spending time at the cabin at Maple Lake, Alborn, and fishing and in earlier years, vacation time at a cabin on East Bass Lake near Cotton and partridge hunting. While at a family picnic, at the Duluth Auto Club, he rescued and saved the life of a drowning boy. He was a lifelong member of First Covenant Church, member of Duluth Firefighters Retirees Association and a former member of the International Association of Firefighters Local No. 101. Ken was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Arnold and Ethel Johnson; sister, Ruth Nolte; and brother-in-law, Bob Nolte. Survivors include his wife, Aileen; children, Paul K. (Jane) Bergquist of Saginaw, Laurel A. (William) Reese of Crosby, Thomas D. (Barbara) Bergquist of Cumming, Ga. and Wendy M. (Gary) Johnson of Hermantown; sister, Kathryn (Chester) Wedin of Duluth; grandchildren, Patrick (Jennifer) Bergquist and their children, Brooklyn and Blake, Jason Bergquist, Jodi (Bradley) Van Valkenburg and their children, Jared, Brenan and Ramsey, Heidi (Scott) McLeod and their unborn child due in October, Heather (Frank) Solorzano and their daughter, Sofia, Mark Bergquist (fiancee, Robin Mitchell and children, Jordan and Haley), Nicholas Reese, Danielle Reese, Philip Bergquist and Michael Bergquist; in-laws, Stuart and Alice Kortebein and Arnold Warren and Margaret Johnson; and nieces and nephews. VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. Friday in Bell Brothers Chapel and continue from 10 until the 11 a.m. service in First Covenant Church, 21st Ave. W. and Second St., Rev. Mark Kelly officiating. Interment Oneota Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard and a Final Alarm Salute by the Duluth Fire Honor Guard. If so desired, memorials may be directed to First Covenant Church or the donor's choice. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral and Cremation Services, Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W. This obituary was originally published in the Duluth News Tribune.

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In 1921, in the year that Kenneth D Bergquist was born, on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1938, at the age of 17 years old, Kenneth was alive when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1945, at the age of 24 years old, Kenneth was alive when on December 5th, Flight 19 was lost in the Bermuda Triangle. All five planes and 14 airmen disappeared, as did 13 crew on a plane that was dispatched to find them. The official Navy reported the disappearance as "cause unknown".

In 1963, at the age of 42 years old, Kenneth was alive when on November 22nd, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th President of the United States when President John Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Johnson was sworn in on the plane carrying Kennedy's body back to Washington D.C.

In 1981, by the time he was 60 years old, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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