John William Runquist

June 1, 1947March 1, 2018

John William Runquist, 70, Duluth, died Thurs. March 1st in Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center.

John was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota and was a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.

He spent a large amount of time in the Cotton area at the family’s lake home taking care of his parents. Loving music and people, he helped with the Cotton Fiddle Contest along with his banjo picking mom and enjoyed attending the senior citizen’s events.

John loved to talk and socialize. We will miss his role as family historian, his music, his jokes, and his sense of fun. He is survived by two sisters, Jeanne Reierson and Mari Young, a niece and four nephews.

John chose not to have a memorial service. In lieu of cards or flowers, any donations can be sent to the Cotton Area Senior Citizens Club, 5963 Morley Beach Road, Cotton, MN, 55724.


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John William Runquist

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Brian Moore

March 23, 2018

I am sorry to hear about your loss. May the hope found at Acts 24:15 bring you comfort during this difficult time.


March 14, 2018

My children and I are sorry to hear about the loss of John. I was in AZ at the time of Dorothy's passing so was unaware of it. My family has many good memories of the Runquist's in Cotton.