Kenneth L. Lindquist
June 30, 2022
IRONWOOD, Mich. - Kenneth L. Lindquist, 96, of Ironwood, died peacefully on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in the company of his loved ones.
He was born Jan. 25, 1926, in Ironwood, son of Leonard and Lempi (Mary) Lindquist, and graduated from Hurley High School in 1944. He served honorably in the U.S. Army Air Corps from April 1944 to November 1945 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. On June 18, 1949, Ken married the former Mae Pearson and enjoyed their loving partnership until her death on May 11, 2011.
Ken trained as an electrician and was a member of IBEW and NECA. He purchased Pete's Electric in Hurley, Wisconsin, in 1966 and celebrated the grand opening of Lindquist Electric on U.S. 2 in Ironwood on April 13, 1971. After decades of building their business and reputation in the community, he passed ownership to his son, Brian Lindquist, and slowly eased into retirement.
He especially loved being with his family at the cottage he built on Little Star Lake in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. He enjoyed fishing and waterskiing when he wasn't working on projects there. A skilled water skier, he was known for effortlessly taking off and landing on the dock without getting wet. Ken and his wife, Mae, loved to travel, dance, and host loved ones for memorable gatherings and delicious meals at their beloved cottage. Ken was a great dance partner and loved listening to polka music until his last breaths.
Ken is survived by his daughter, Sue (Terry) Nelmark, Duluth, Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Marie Lindquist, Ironwood; four grandchildren, Eric (Jenni) Nelmark, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Melissa (Al) Hanson, Amery, Wisconsin; Monica (Alex) Zak, Ironwood, and Krista Lindquist (Kevin Couch) Manitowish Waters; two great-granddaughters, Jaelyn Lindquist and Madeline Zak; nephews, Ron (Jennie) Wietzke, Christchurch, New Zealand, and Steve (Carrie) Forslund, Mountain Iron, Minnesota; nieces, Sandy (Bill) Lee, Rockport, Massachusetts, and Donna (Dennis) Horrigan, Franklin, Wisconsin; and several other nieces and nephews.
Ken was predeceased by his wife, Mae Lindquist; son, Brian Lindquist; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Armand Wietzke, and Shirley and Donald Forslund; niece, Stacy Forslund; his parents; and several more family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held for Ken at McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, 305 N Lowell St., Ironwood, on Thursday, July 7, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Mike Hill. A visitation will take place one hour before, beginning at 10 a.m. Committal services and interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery, Ironwood.
A special thank you goes to the nursing staff at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital for their compassionate care for Ken through his final days.
The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood to honor Kenneth's legacy of life.
You can leave condolences or a tribute at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.