Howard Bryan Bloomquist, 58, was born Nov. 30, 1955 to Harry and Dorothy Bloomquist in Minneapolis. He graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 1974 and then from Dunwoody Auto Body in 1976.
Howard (Howie) moved to Pine City in 1978 and established Bloomquist Auto Body in 1984.
Howie married Karin Ann Pixler in Minneapolis on Oct. 10, 1980. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Family was very important to Howie and he loved being a husband, dad, ‘Papa’, brother and uncle.
Howie loved people and he had a servant’s heart. His family named him “Rescue Ranger.” He could be found on many occasions driving around with his car totter to help a stranded friend or stranger. He could also be found on any given project at church which often included anything from tearing out a wall to repairing a door handle.
He looked forward to his breakfasts with his ‘round table’ friends at Nicoll’s. He had a zest for life and loved to laugh. He was known for his outgoing personality and positive outlook on life. Howie loved his chosen profession as an auto body mechanic and it was common to drive by his shop at 3 a.m. and see a light on.
Howie was always ready to share the faith and hope he knew as a follower of Christ. He went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, Nov. 24. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
I Peter 4:10 -- As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Howie is survived by his wife Karin of Pine City; his children: Krista (Graham) Rose of Greenfield, Minnesota, Bryanna (Jared) Clementson of Pine City, and Brock (Melanie) Bloomquist of Pine City; his grandchildren: Brynn, Brooke, Bronson, Weston, Annika, Luke and Faith; his four brothers: Harvey (Liane) of Moorhead, Herb (Debbie) of Motley, Hadley (Chris) of Pine City, and Harmon (Lora) of Maple Plain; his aunts and uncles: Anna Marie Johnson, Gladys Bloomquist, Lester (Marge) Keil, Marvin (Genelle) Bloomquist, Clara (Donald) Asp and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father, Harry, and mother, Dorothy, and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 29 at Journey North Church of Pine City. Casket bearers were his brothers: Harvey, Herb, Hadley and Harmon Bloomquist; and his brothers-in-law: Mark and Karl Pixler. Music was provided by the Journey North Praise Team, Coley Bloomquist and Hailey Wanless.
Funeral arrangements are with the Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.