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Donald Vernon Lundquist, 81

Donald Vernon Lundquist, 81, of Hackensack, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, at Nielson Place in Bemidji.

A private family funeral is planned. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery at Hackensack. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

He was born March 9, 1926, to Walter Leonard and Hannah Maria Linnea (Brink) Lundquist in Minneapolis. He grew up in Minneapolis where he graduated from Central High School. He attended the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He was confirmed by Rev. Daniel T. Martin at Zion Lutheran Church in Minneapolis in 1939.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1947 during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Rich and as a radioman second class aboard the U.S.S. ATA 182. He worked as a mechanic for Erickson Phillips 66 in Minneapolis. He was a patrolman, sergeant, detective and captain in charge of police operations with the Richfield Police Department from 1954 to 1976. He and Minneapolis Police Officer Patrick Hartigan shared the 1974 Minnesota Police Officer of the Year award. He owned and operated Lundquist Wood Products from 1967 until his retirement in January 2006.

He married Maralyn Gail Henretta Sept. 17, 1949, in Minneapolis. She died in 1972. He married Monica Lea Johnson March 16, 1973, in Richfield.

He is survived by his wife, Monica; children, Steven (Janice) Lundquist of Bloomington, Sharon Nelsen and her fiancé, David Thompson of Little Falls and Eric (Pamela) Lundquist of Annandale; two grandsons; brother, John Lundquist of Minnetonka; three nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife.

Memorials are preferred to Hackensack First Response.