Edward L. Lindquist

Edward Leroy Lindquist, 92, of Waterville, formerly of Blooming Prairie passed away on October 8, overlooking his beloved lake with his wife Ginny by his side.

Edward was born on September 19, 1923 in Ripley Township, to two Sweden immigrants, Oscar and Anna (Johannson-Hillstrom) Lindquist. Edward attended country school in Ripley Township and later graduated from Blooming Prairie High School. After high school he moved to California to attend aviation school and worked as an inspector for war planes. On January 1, 1943 Edward joined the Army Air Force. He was stationed in England during World War II with the 490th bomb group. He was a radio operator and flew in 33 missions during his time stationed overseas.

Edward returned to Blooming Prairie after the war and married Virginia Motle on March 30, 1947. The couple briefly moved to Minneapolis while Edward attended Minnesota School of Business. He went on to work at Hormel and then for his father-in-law's construction company, Motle Construction. He later changed the name to E.L Lindquist and Sons and was joined by his twin sons Larry and Lee.

Edward was active in the Shriners and VFW he was a past Commander of the American Legion and also a past Master of the Lodge for the Masons.  He enjoyed wood working, making furniture for all of his grandchildren, bird watching and traveling across the United States to attend military reunions with his squadron.

Edward is survived by his wife of 67 years, Virginia "Ginny" Lindquist of Waterville; daughter Sandy Kae (Tim) Bass of Blooming Prairie; and twin sons, Larry (Annette) Lindquist of Blooming Prairie and Lee (Sandy) Lindquist of Austin.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and three step grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Marsha "Penny" Pacolt, parents Oscar and Anna, in-laws William and Viola Motle and brothers Robert and Carl.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 13 at the Waterville United Methodist Church from 10-11 am with a funeral service to follow. There will be a grave side service at 3 pm at the Blooming Prairie Cemetery with full military honors.   


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