Robert (Bob) Lee Lundquist, 75, of Cherokee, passed away at Cherokee Regional Medical Center, in Cherokee, on June 6, 2012, following a courageous 11 year battle with cancer.
A service of remembrance will be held at Tuesday June 12th at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa. The Rev. Carolyn Hollar will officiate. Masonic services will be held at the Church on Tuesday immediately following the service of remembrance. There will be a family prayer service at 10:45 a.m. at the Church on Tuesday. Interment will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Memorials have been designated to support the local Rotary Club’s Backpack Food Program for area children. On line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Robert was born July 2, 1936 in Cherokee, the son of Levi and Marian (Casey) Lundquist. He graduated from Aurelia high school in l954, having lettered in sports and receiving recognition as an FFA Iowa Farmer. He received his BS degree from Iowa State College in 1959 and taught for a year in the Ballard Community school system. After serving in the National Guard he returned to Cherokee where he went into farming, became a broker and owner of Lundquist Real Estate for 45 years, and developed Lundquist Farm Orchard. On June 30, 1963, he married Joanne Schnell at Ruthven, Iowa.
He served on the Cherokee County Compensation Board, and was an inheritance tax appraiser for a number of years. Bob also served his community by being elected to the Cherokee Community School Board for several years and to the local hospital board for twelve, having served as president of both of these boards. He took part on the Cherokee County Republican Committee, and was a past member of the Kiwanis and Rotary Service Organizations. He was a present member of Masons and York Rite, and a past president of the Cherokee Shrine Club, also having served as Captain and Lt. of the Flying Carpets. He was a long-time member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, having helped with UMYF and on the Finance Committee.
His interest in the outdoors and conservation led him to the Little Sioux Wildlife Association where he served as President and was the recipient of its Frank Starr Conservation Award. Other awards included being recognized as a Master Corn Grower in l975 and l978. He received the Siouxland Conservation Award for Wildlife Habitat in l986 and the Quad States Award in l997. Later years found him by his pond, observing birds and animals that frequented the area. His family meant so very much to him, and he was proud of all their endeavors. The fellows in his morning “Coffee Group” gave him caring support for many years. Robert was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne, three sons, Allan (Michele) Lundquist of Norwalk , Ia., John (Theresa) Lundquist of Des Moines, and Kent (Nicci) Lundquist of Cherokee, as well as five grandsons, Alex, Drew, Levi, Steven, and Trevor Lundquist; a sister, Mary Louise (Carl) Gustafson of Bloomington, MN, a brother, Charles (Sylvia) Lundquist of Aurelia, IA., sister-in-law, Carol (Frank) Pohl, of Burnsville, MN, brother-in-law, Roger (Janet) Schnell of Tulsa, Oklahoma, an aunt, Mildred Casey, of Cherokee, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.