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Harland D. Holmquist Dec. 10, 1948 - Dec. 12, 2008

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NEW LONDON -- Harland David Holmquist, 60, of New London, died Friday at his home.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake in rural New London. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the New London American Legion Post.

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Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church and one hour prior to the service. Johnson Funeral Home in New London is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Dec. 10, 1948 in Dawson to Robert and Donna (Windingstad) Holmquist. He attended District 65 Country School until the age of 8, when his family moved to Madison. In 1959, his family moved to Willmar. He graduated from Willmar High School in 1966. After high school he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam. After his discharge he joined the Army Reserves and continued serving for 16 years.

On April 17, 1971, he married Karen Seemann. They lived in the New London-Spicer area, moving to their home in New London in 1975. Harland worked for New London Concrete Products for 16 years and then spent the last 16 years driving truck for Duininck Inc.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake, where he was active on the church council, cemetery board, and as an usher. He served as a volunteer fireman on the New London Fire Department for 20 years, until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of the New London American Legion Post, where he served on the honor guard and as a past post commander. He was a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion in New London.

He is survived by his wife; children: Michele (and Duane) Shubert of Clara City, David (and Diane) Holmquist of New London, Brent (and Cammie) Holmquist of New London, Andrew Holmquist of Belgrade; eight grandchildren; his mother; siblings: Pat (and Eldon) Kragh of Dawson, Diane (and Dave) Voss of Brooklyn Park, Jan Wilson of Briar, Wash., Linda (and Mike) Erickson of Willmar, Pam (and Jerry) Rose of Glenwood City, Wis., and Brenda (and Brian) Gadd of Marshall.

He was preceded in death by his father.

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