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    Roseau - Funeral Services for Rodney Norquist of Roseau were held on Tuesday, July 10, at 11 a.m. at the Moe Lutheran Church in Roseau.       
  Rod was born on September 9, 1925, the seventh of 11 children born to Emil and Anna Norquist. He attended Grade School at district 27E northeast of Roseau and graduated from Roseau High School in June of 1943.
    Rod then enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 years, served aboard the USS Estes, a Navy Command Ship during WWII. He took part in the invasion of Iwa Jima and Okinowa and was discharged before his 21st birthday.
    Rodney and Doris Roseen were united in marriage June 6, 1947.  To this union two daughters were born, Sharon and Barbara.
    Upon Rod’s return from the war, he spent one year working for Gavelin Seed Co., and then procured employment at Prior Electric in Roseau in 1947.  He and Russell Palm purchased the business from Earl Gilthvedt in 1977. 
    Rod worked until 1990 when he then retired.  They enjoyed spending time at their cabin at Long Point with their family and spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Rod served on the Roseau City Council for 14 years, was Quartermaster and Commander of The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was also active in the American Legion.  He served as Chairman of the Church Council at Moe Lutheran Church for three consecutive terms.  He was active on the Northern Municipal Power Coop and was president of the Minnesota Electrical Association. Rod also served on the council that made the Veterans Memorial Park a reality.
    Rod Norquist passed away on Saturday, July 7 at the Roseau Area Hospital. He was 81 years old.
    He is survived by his wife Doris of Roseau; daughters, Sharon (Brian) Pelowski of Roseau and Barbara (Rocky) Ammerman of Thief River Falls; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Olive Nyland of Rochester, Grace Smebak of Roseau, Shirley Proctor of Bell, Calif., Charles Norquist of Minneapolis, and Carol (Kenneth) Sjaaheim of Valparaiso, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Steven, Leslie, and Harvey Norquist.