Kenneth D Bergquist (1921 - 2003)

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Kenneth D Bergquist
1921 - 2003
updated February 06, 2019
Kenneth D Bergquist, father to 8 children, was born on April 12, 1921 in Duluth, Minnesota. He was born to David Bergquist and Esther Rodenius, with siblings Ruth and Kathryn. He was baptized in Duluth, Minnesota. Kenneth married Aileen W, and they gave birth to Paul, Laurel, Thomas, and Wendy. He married Aileen W Bergquist, and they gave birth to Paul, Laurel, Thomas, and Wendy. He died on June 3, 2003 at Saint Lukes Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota at 82 years old.


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Kenneth D Bergquist

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Kenneth Bergquist was born on in Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota United States


Kenneth Bergquist died on at Saint Lukes Hospital, in Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota United States

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Complications of Lung Cancer

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at Oneota Cemetery, Highland St, in Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota United States


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Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota United States

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Duluth, Saint Louis County, Minnesota


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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 & Aileen (W) Johnson

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Aileen W Bergquist
Aug 2, 1924 - Jun 9, 2008
Duluth, MN



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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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1921 - 2003 World Events

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In 1921, in the year that Kenneth D Bergquist was born, in May, the Emergency Quota Act - or Emergency Immigration Act - was passed. The law restricted the number of immigrants to 357,000 per year. It also established an immigration quota in which only 3 per cent of the total population of any ethnic group already in the USA in 1910, could be admitted to America after 1921. Although the Act was supposed to be temporary, it stayed in effect until 1965.

In 1947, he was 26 years old when in June, the Marshall Plan was proposed to help European nations recover economically from World War II. It passed the conservative Republican Congress in March of 1948. After World War I, the economic devastation of Germany caused by burdensome reparations payments led to the rise of Hitler. The Allies didn't want this to happen again and the Marshall Plan was devised to make sure that those conditions didn't arise again.

In 1959, by the time he was 38 years old, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1964, by the time he was 43 years old, on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

In 1971, Kenneth was 50 years old when in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

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Nov 10, 1916 - May 29, 1986
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Oct 7, 1911 - April 1967
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Jul 24, 1912 - January 1974
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Apr 25, 1904 - Sep 18, 1992
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Leona F Bergquist
Nov 11, 1910 - January 1993
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Ellen K Bergquist
Sep 28, 1910 - Sep 10, 1992
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Thor W Bergquist
Oct 15, 1895 - Jan 20, 1988
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Lydia Bergquist
Dec 26, 1889 - January 1980
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Jan 9, 1935 - July 1986
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Feb 17, 1935 - Dec 15, 2007
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William Bergquist
Feb 12, 1893 - July 1977
Monticello, Minnesota
Andrew Bergquist
Nov 24, 1896 - September 1969
Shevlin, Minnesota
Carl Bergquist
Jul 26, 1883 - May 1967
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Elizabeth C Bergquist
Jul 16, 1910 - Jul 6, 1988
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Bruce Harold Bergquist
Jan 11, 1945 - Mar 8, 1971
Saint Paul, MN
Elizabeth M Bergquist
Jan 10, 1944 - Apr 27, 2001
Maple Plain, MN
Carrie Bergquist
Nov 1, 1870 - December 1966
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Emelia Bergquist
May 27, 1883 - May 1972
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Ethelyn Bergquist
Aug 26, 1902 - July 1982
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Sep 30, 1960 - Sep 30, 2006

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