OBITUARY

Wayne L. Turnquist

May 18, 1941May 26, 2018
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Wayne L. Turnquist Age 77, of Cambridge Passed away unexpectedly 5/26/18

Preceded in death by his parents, Theodore & Doris; brother-in-law, Stanley Selin.

Survived by his wife, Lucretia; children, David (Debbie), Heidi (Mike) Bigelbach, Ellen Corkrum, Emmanuel (Julianna) Kwame, Emmelyn Kwame, Ezra Kwame; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister, Meradie Seline; further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 2pm Saturday, JULY 21, 2018 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (3014 NE McKinley St. Minneapolis, MN) visitation 1pm until the time of service.

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Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 21, 2018
REMEMBERING

Wayne L. Turnquist

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David Turnquist

October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018

My father influenced me greatly during my life. He was a very hard working man; an educator, truck driver, and someone who loved adventures. As I look back and reflect, it is because of his example that I have carefully considered the choices I make as a parent. He was known for his dry sense of humor, corky ways, and his knack for always finding opportunities to teach me something.

I remember in the mid 70's when the new Nike shoes came out. The ones with the red swoosh on the side. I asked dad if I could get a pair. I told him I really wanted them because everyone was wearing them. He said, "Who is everyone?" Then he asked how much they cost. I told him $30.00. My dad said since we normally pay only $20.00 for shoes I needed to come up with the other $10.00. He assigned projects for me to earn the difference.

My dad was a master at negotiating. Whenever I wanted to make a purchase or sell something; snowmobiles, dirt bikes, or cars; he would have me do it by myself. Afterwards, he would discuss it with me and tell me what I did good and give me tips for next time. Whenever I was in a dilemma, he would lay out all the options but leave the final decision to me. I realize now he was helping me to become independent and already molding me for life.

In later years, my dad would make trips to southern Minnesota to see my family and I. No matter where he lived, he would come see us for special occasions, sports events, birthdays, etc.. He was NEVER late either. If we said to be there at 1pm, he was there at 12:59!! After each visit he often told me how proud he was of me as a husband and father. I realize now, it was my goal to get his approval.

I will continue to remember my Dad, the man who greatly influenced my life, through his teachings, hard work, and love.

Love, David

Heidi Bigelbach

July 26, 2018

My father was the epitome of a good sport and had a crazy sense of humor. He had a heart for the less fortunate and loved to "root for the underdog". He often spoke to my girls about tithing and the importance of giving your time and resources to people in need. He had a strong work ethic and believed in finishing what you start. I will always remember him as a great listener. He never interrupted, even if we disagreed. We both treasured our time together and always made the most of it. I grew to love his ridiculous jokes and riddles. My all-time favorite is, "Roses are red. Violets are blue. My dads a cop. Can you swim?" He told these jokes not because they were funny, but for the reaction he got for telling them. The dumb looks on people's faces just tickled him and he would laugh so hard. I always told him how much I loved him. He also loved to surprise me. Simple things like driving down to the cities to greet us at church to share a service with our family, or picking up a book for me that I had been wanting to read. I will miss our last minute lunch dates where we would squeeze in some father/daughter time.

Thank you Dad, for showing me how to love and for being such a huge part of my life. Your source of wisdom and support was a true gift. Your smile and generous heart will be with me forever. I love you so much. I pray that you are now free from the suffering of this world and resting in the arms of our Lord.

Patty Jo Miller

July 17, 2018

Uncle Wayne was a unique individual. I never knew anyone else who collected doorknobs. And his sense of humor was tinged with kindness: He was the first one to tell us kids about coprolite. We were fascinated by this fossil! Then he told us it was dinosaur poop. Oh how he laughed when we dropped the fossils in horror. But I'll never forget it. May happy memories sustain you during this difficult time. Love to you all. Patty JO

Jennifer Brown

July 1, 2018

I'll never forget how sweet you always were to me when I would come for sleep overs! I remember when you got that moped to drive to work and Heidi and I begged you to let us cruze around on it. We promised nothing would happen...we smashed it all up just at the end of the driveway! You came running, not to yell at us, but to make sure we were ok. đź’” RIP
MR. TURNQUIST!

Trinity Bigelbach

June 19, 2018

My first memory of grandpa is me having olives on the ends of all my fingers and him stealing one. I got mad but he smiled and said nothing. He was always telling us jokes and would sit and talk to us for a long time. My grandpa taught me a lot of things like how to be compassionate and non judgemental to those less fortunate. I will miss my grandpa. I loved him then and I love him now. I look forward to seeing him again someday.

Laila Bigelbach

June 9, 2018

The thing I'll miss the most about grandpa is his humor. He was very, very funny and a good sport. What made his jokes so funny is they were dumb. Have you ever heard the saying it's so dumb it's funny? That's what my grandpa's jokes were like.

Every time we saw him he brought us somewhere. I remember he always took us to this library. There was all kinds of animals there like birds, cats, and spiders. It was so fun! He also took us to a place that helps homeless people. He gave us each a little box and said the money you put in here goes to a place that uses the money to build a house for homeless people.

I know he's not gone. He is looking down on us and I feel like he is saying "Don't cry, it's not like I'm gone forever. You can talk to me anytime you want." So that is what I'm going to do.

Love, Laila

Joanne Turnquist

June 8, 2018

I find it very hard to express my inner most feelings in this difficult time for my children, me and Lucretia and her children, too. Wayne was a wonderful father to both of our children for the fifteen years we were married and he continued to love and to stay close to them up to his death. One of Mark Twain’s quotes was ”Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it”. That fragrance of forgiveness will always be carried in my heart. The many beautiful times spent as a family at mom and dad’s Turnquist’s farm in Wisconsin, snowmobiling with the children and Clarisse and Joe, walking in the woods searching for berries, antiquing and garage sales, building stone retainer walls, planting hundreds of trees at our home in the countryside, playing cards with Pat and Al, gourmet club, cutting down our Christmas trees with the children, and baking and entertaining the teachers from Southview Elementary School in Braham at Christmas time will never be forgotten. Fond and loving memories are the precious part of the life we shared as a family that I will carry in my heart. May God take you, Wayne, into His all loving arms. You are now free of the troubles of this world for eternity. With love, Joanne

Jacki Louden Paron

June 8, 2018

Wayne will always be remembered for his genuine heart. He made me feel so important growing up. He always asked questions, listened intently, and cared about what I had to say. He inspired me to hold my head high, and found the good in any situation. Wayne brought about a feeling of peacefulness that always mattered to me. I truly enjoyed spending time with him. There are so many memories growing up that have him in it. Most of all, I will remember the humor and laughter he shared. I am Honored and Blessed to have known Wayne. He was truly a blessing in my life, and I will miss him. All our love and prayers!

Cherise Gow

May 28, 2018

Wayne was a great man!!! I grew up around him as a young girl hanging out with his daughter Heidi at their house many summers. He always had a smile and a quirky fact to share. He loved his family very much!!! May God welcome him in his arms and allow his family peace and comfort knowing he is with him. Love you Wayne, rest in peace... Cheri

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Wayne L. Turnquist
Age 77, of Cambridge
Passed away unexpectedly 5/26/18

Preceded in death by his parents, Theodore & Doris; brother-in-law, Stanley Selin. Survived by his wife, Lucretia; children, David (Debbie), Heidi (Mike) Bigelbach, Ellen Corkrum, Emmanuel (Julianna) Kwame, Emmelyn Kwame, Ezra Kwame; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister, Meradie Seline; further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be 2pm Saturday, JULY 21, 2018 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (3014 NE McKinley St. Minneapolis, MN) visitation 1pm until the time of service.