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Donald Gene Holmquist, 51, of Cannon Falls, formerly of Arkansas and Red Wing

Donald Gene Holmquist, 51, of Cannon Falls, formerly of Arkansas and Red Wing, passed away on July 12, 2009, from cancer.

He was born March 13, 1958, in Walnut Ridge, Ark., to Donald and Opal Holmquist. Don loved his family very much, enjoyed NASCAR races and was an avid Mark Martin fan. Don's quick wit brought a smile to all who knew him. He greatly enjoyed helping others.

Don served in the Minnesota National Guard and also in Korea while on active duty in the Army.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Angela; mother, Opal Moore; father, Donald F. Holmquist; stepfather, John Devitt; and good friend Dave Smith. He is survived by his children Nicole and Troy, both of Minnesota; Donald "Frankie" (Unique) Holmquist of California; and Heather Holmquist of Arkansas; sisters Diane Henson of Arkansas; Debra (Collin) Owens of Minnesota and brother, Thomas (Laura) Holmquist of Minnesota; grandchildren, Matthew and Aaron Thompson; aunts; cousins; nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to join together at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings for a graveside service, officiated by Gordon Gathright. A luncheon in Don's honor will follow. Memorials are preferred.

A very special thank you to the staff at Belle Meade in Paragould, Ark., Angels Care Center, and Heartland Hospice, for their wonderful care.

The Wise Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To view memorial video and sign the guest book, go to