Carl H. Blomquist (1917-2005)

Carl H. Blomquist died June 7, 2005, at the Veterans Hospital in Grand Junction after a brief illness. He was 88.

Blomquist was born Jan. 30, 1917, in Denver to Carl O. and Theresa (Askling) Blomquist.

Blomquist was raised and attended school in Denver. He married Mildred A. Blandford in 1936 in Golden, and to this union two sons were born.

Blomquist was a heavy equipment operator and worked in heavy construction most of his life. He and his wife moved to the Steamboat Springs area in the early 1960s and later to a ranch near Mount Harris. He worked for Sun Coal for a period of time and also maintained his ranch. His wife died in January 1982. Blomquist married Eleanor Kagie Dunckley on Aug. 6, 1994, and they resided in Craig and Grand Junction. She died in November of 2004. Blomquist was a 55-year member of the Operating Engineers Union No. 9 and was a business agent for them for more than 15 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Blomquist is survived by his son, Richard (Glenna) Blomquist of Milner; grandchildren Michael, Vonnie Marie, Carl, Dena, Cheryl, Bud, Scott, and LeeJ; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Blomquist was preceded in death by his parents, sister Martha, brother Clifford, and a son, Harold.

Services were June 13, 2005, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with David Carrick officiating. The organist was Anne Carr and the soloist was Joyce Miller.

Selections were "How Great Thou Art," and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."

Pallbearers were Bud Blomquist, Ron Motley, Scott Blomquist, Ray Raffensperger, LeeJ Blomquist and Danny Raffensperger.

Honorary pallbearers were "All Carl's Many Friends."

Interment was at Fort Logan National Cemetery on June 14, 2005, with the Rev. Bill Lower officiating. Military honors were given by the U.S. Army.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation in care of Grant Mortuary.

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