Gerald S. Holmquist

July 23, 1927June 5, 2021

Gerald S. Holmquist, 93, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Golden Years Homestead. Born July 23, 1927 in Forest Lake, Minn., he was a son of the late Frederick and Olive (Seager) Holmquist. A graduate of Forest Lake Area High School in Forest Lake, Minn., he furthered his education at Minnesota Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Milligan College in Johnson City, Tennessee and Ozark Bible College in Joplin, Missouri earning a bachelor degree in Sacred Literature. Ordained in 1951, Gerald was a lifelong pastor and missionary in Brazil from 1959-1992, where he started numerous churches, established leadership, and was able to disciple others. He was honored to serve as President of the National Missionary Convention in 1974. In 1992, he was a mission’s pastor at Broadway Christian Church for 5 years and in the late 1990’s, he moved to Colorado to serve with Turkish World Outreach. In 2002, Gerald moved to Arizona and was the associate pastor with Westside Christian Church for 11 years, from which he retired. Surviving are his sons, Dennis Holmquist of La Grande, Ore., and Dean (Cathy) Holmquist of Kansas City, Mo.; daughters, Rochia Holmquist of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Relda (Fernando) Nogueira of Goiania, Brazil; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Day) Holmquist; daughter-in-law, Leslie Holmquist; sisters, Elizabeth Ryan and Eve Smith; and brother, Fred Holmquist. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Arizona. For online condolences, please visit


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Carol Lowe

June 10, 2021

There is an old hym that goes like this: "Will there be any stars, any stars in my crown,
When at evening the sun goeth down?
When I wake with the blest in the mansions of rest,
Will there be any stars in my crown?"
The Holy Spirit used Gerald and Mary to impact a multitude! Barbara (Joana) and I (Luiz) honor a life well lived!