Daniel Almquist
Daniel Almquist
Daniel Almquist
Daniel Almquist

Obituary of Daniel Paul Almquist

Rev. Daniel Paul Almquist was born at home to Ted and Elsie Almquist on July 29, 1937 in Eden Prairie, MN and died suddenly on May 11, 2021 at Miller Dwan Hospital in Duluth, MN from complications due to leukemia. He and his family lived on farms in Eden Prairie, Wayzata , Anoka and Bethel, MN. He learned masonry and carpentry from his father and remodeled every home his family lived in to some extent. It usually was a major home remodeling project. He constructed a basement beneath each of the 3 existing homes they bought oftentimes enlisting the help of friends and relatives. He attended one room schools, Anoka County District 16 and Isanti County District 48. He also attended Cambridge High School and St. Francis High School where both he and Maxine graduated in 1955. Dan and Maxine married in 1957 and they traveled extensively. They loved camping and visited all states except Delaware and Rhode Island as well as Canada and Mexico. They also traveled as far away as the Holy Lands. Dan and Maxine attended West Bethel Methodist Church for many years. While in high school, Dan was active in West Bethel's Methodist Youth Fellowship and many who were part of that group during that time still remain lifelong friends. Dan worked for DW Onan in Minneapolis for many years before leaving to answer God's call to the ministry. He attended St. Cloud State while serving as an associate pastor at Cambridge United Methodist Church and then went on to United Theological Seminary graduating in 1977 and being ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church that same year. Dan and Maxine served Minnesota United Methodist Churches in St. Francis/Cedar, Wyoming, Moose Lake/Barnum, Jackson, Lake City and Staples dividing their time in retirement between their cabin on Sand Lake in Sturgeon Lake, MN and their park model in Apache Junction, AZ. Dan and Maxine were involved with Red Rock Camp Fellowship from the time they were teenagers. Dan was active on the board and many families and youth from the churches they served learned about Red Rock Camp through him. In retirement, Dan and Maxine attended Barnum, Moose Lake and Gold Canyon United Methodist Churches. These church families all held a special place in Dan's heart and he missed them all greatly during the pandemic and especially during the final days of his illness. Dan was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine; parents, Theodore and Elsie; brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Earl and Marlene; brother, Rev. George; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Gordon Negley; and brother-in-law Harold Schmidt. Dan is survived by his children, Danni Le (Mort) Stephens of Platteville, WI and Scott (Michele) Almquist of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, Brian (Rachel) Stephens, Matt (Sheila) Stephens, Senja (Jordan) Hines, Alec (Allison) Stephens, Mackenzie, Madison and Ryan Almquist; great grandchildren, Soloman, Silas and Avery Hines, Tali Stephens and Isabelle Stephens; brother, Robert (Sandra) of Barnum, MN; sister-in-law, Mavis Schmidt of Fairhope, AL; and nieces and nephews. Visitation: 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. memorial service Friday, August 6th in the Barnum Community Church. Please follow COVID guidelines. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow. Burial will be in Fridsborg Cemetery, East Bethel Minnesota. The service will be live streamed on the Barnum Community United Methodist Church Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Barnum-Community-United-Methodist-Church-134129183288010. Memorials preferred to Red Rock Camp Fellowship, 1790 11th St. SE, Forest Lake, MN 55025. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com

Visitation

AUG 6. 10:00 AM (CST) Barnum Community Church 3762 Front Street Barnum, MN 55707

Memorial Service

AUG 6. 11:00 AM (CST) Barnum Community Church 3762 Front Street Barnum, MN 55707

Interment

Fridsborg Cemetery 245th and Fawn Lake Dr (Co. Road 24) East Bethel , MN
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