JOHN DONALD RUNQUISTJohn Donald Runquist, 76 of Floodwood died Monday, March 18, 2013 in Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell.
John Donald Runquist, 76 of Floodwood died Monday, March 18, 2013 in Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell.
He was born Sept. 22, 1936 in Duluth to Anna Runquist.
John enlisted in the Army in 1956 and served for two years before returning to Floodwood. He worked for LTV Steel in Calumet, Aurora, and Grand Rapids working in the mines as a diesel mechanic. He retired due to a disability in 1986.
John was a member of the Steel Workers Union. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, making firewood, and spending time outdoors. After his retirement he enjoyed going to auctions to the point he was known as the “auction nut” and he retained the same auction number for every Reinhardt auction. He also collected guns since 1952.
John was preceded in death by one brother, Robert “Bobo” Runquist; and one grandson, Travis Davis.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Deanna; one daughter, Brenda (Ron) Davis of Floodwood; three sons, Jay of Duluth, Scott (Shannon Albers) of Toivola, and Jeff (Corri) of Duluth; one brother, Richard (June) Runquist of Floodwood; mother-in-law, Arlene Beckman of Floodwood; seven grandchildren and one great grandson.
The family would like to thank the staff at Villa Vista Care Center for their excellent and personal care for John.
VISITATION: 12 Noon until the 1 p.m. Memorial Service Saturday, March 23, 2013 in the New Life Community Church in Floodwood. Inurnment will be in the spring at Cedar Valley Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com