In the hands of God, and in the company of his loving family and the caring staff of Minnewaska Lutheran Home, Ronald Russell Lindquist, devoted husband, father and grandfather passed peacefully from this earth the evening of Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. He was 71 years of age.
Ron was born in Hector on July 12, 1937 to Russell and Clara (Blondell) Lindquist, and was the oldest of three children. He moved with his family as a young boy to Morris, where he was raised. He graduated from Morris High School in 1955, where he earned several varsity letters for athletics, participated in band, and gained the title of "Class Cut-up".
He continued his education at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in June, 1959.
Upon graduating, Ron embarked on his career. His first position was with the Federal Government, working with the US Department of Labor in the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He then moved to the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, where he worked as a Statistician in the Advertising Department. It was at the Star and Tribune where he found the two loves of his life: Journalism and the Printer's ink; and his wife of over 47 years, Ann (Lilly) Lindquist.
On Nov. 25, 1961, the two were united in holy matrimony. Shortly thereafter, they journeyed back to Morris, where he worked for a short time for Esser Motors, before again entering the newspaper business, this time at the Morris Sun and Tribune. He worked for seventeen years for the Sun and Tribune, eventually becoming the paper's General Manager, and writing a weekly column of insight and humor entitled, "As I See It."
Ron and Ann were blessed with three children: John in 1967, Jim in 1968, and Jennifer in 1975. Through all of his achievements, he was proudest of all of being a loving husband and father.
In 1981, Ron and Ann purchased the Starbuck Times in Starbuck. Ron won several Minnesota Newspaper Association awards for Journalistic excellence while at the Times, including: Editorial Page as a Whole; Sports Page as a Whole; and in 1987, the prestigious Herman V. Roe Memorial Editorial award, given to the top single editorial column in the State.
Shortly after retiring from the Newspaper Business, in 2002, Ron earned a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Dakota, and was inducted into the Delta Mu Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity's Hall of Fame. He then turned his focus to being grandpa to what was at the time a growing number of grandchildren.
In his later working years, and throughout his retirement, Ron fought a courageous battle against Parkinson's disease. He strenuously held on to his pastimes of golf, fishing, and travel for as long as he was able.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Clara (Blondell) Lindquist. He is survived by his wife, Ann (Lilly) Lindquist - Starbuck; children John (wife, Patty; daughter Megan; son Tommy) - West Fargo, N.D.; Jim (wife, Heather; son Sammy; daughter Emma) - Lakeville; Jennifer (Metz) (husband, Nathan; daughter Sydney; daughter Rylee; son Tyson) - Starbuck; sister Karen (Herman) - Plymouth; brother Chuck (Pam) Lindquist - Minnetonka; and several nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Starbuck Funeral Home, Starbuck. Reviewal/ Prayer Service is Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 from 4 - 7 p.m. The funeral will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Glenwood on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Morris following the funeral. Pallbearers are: Roger Pederson, Wally McCollar, Jim Hruby, Jacob Bryce, Gene Tonn, and Rick Lindquist. Honorary Pallbearers are the Starbuck Lions Club.