Cleyone "Bud" BERGQUIST
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Of Newport Passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 13, 2020 at age 89. He grew up on a farm in Shevlin, MN, was a Korean War vet, and enjoyed 37 years employed by MNDOT. Bud was a gifted mechanic and handyman. He loved his family, pets, firecrackers, country music, cars, and his church. In retirement Bud enjoyed golf and became a skilled woodcarver. He was a kind and gentle man with a playful sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 64 years, Shirley; daughters, Lynn (David) Isaacson and Amy (Steve) Isaacson; grandchildren, Ellie (Cole) and Neil (Alex); many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by son, Dale. Services to be held at a later date.

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Published in Pioneer Press on Jun. 21, 2020.
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August 20, 2020
My husband and I first met Bud Bergquist and his wife Shirley at a meeting for new residents of the Phoenix Residence's house being planned/built in Newport, Minnesota. It was 2005 and my sister Suzy had just moved to Minnesota from Indiana about 6 months before and was seeking a place to live. Bud's son Dale was already scheduled to live in the house, along with his wife Kim. But Kim passed away suddenly and the house was reconfigured and Suzy had a room. And thus we joined the "Newport House Family" and soon formed a strong bond with all the families, including Dale's. Nearly every Sunday we saw Bud and Shirley, either at the house, or at Newport Lutheran Church (my sister joined soon after moving to Newport) and enjoyed meeting for events and outings and holidays. When my sister went through Confirmation process at NLC, Bud and Shirley stood as her Godparents. Over the years, it was Bud who we saw handling repairs to the church, to the Newport House, to Dale's room, always kind and helpful, but also clear on what needed to be done (and how) and we learned to respect his capabilities and suggestions. And those smiles! He had many smiles and I learned to interpret his thoughts through those. In 2016, we lost Dale and I saw Bud grieve. Around the same time we lost Mark (Suzy and Dale's housemate) and in 2017 we lost Suzy. Tough times. Bud was there throughout, always said the right thing, never hid his feelings of loss for Dale and for the others. A kind, useful, helpful, funny, good man. I am sorry I didn't see him again this year, will miss him.
Sherry Gray
July 4, 2020
My Dad Alvin Harmon, spoke highly of "Buddy"... as he always referred to him. He said he didn't know what he'd have done without Buddy's friendship in the service... he said he was the one person that made it bearable... I've heard many stories that began... "one time, me and Buddy... "
With that, please know that you have our very deepest sympathies... Gene Harmon on behalf of the Alvin Harmon family.
Eugene Harmon
June 27, 2020
We are one of their neighbors in the north country. We enjoy watching over the farm when they are away, and enjoy visiting with them when they come back to the farm. Bud was a special man to us and we will miss him. I know he enjoyed coming to the farm to tend to things and enjoy the memories this place had for him. Thank-you bud for your kindness and all you did for us.
Daran & Susan Butler
June 22, 2020
Bud was probably the nicest man I've ever encountered. Never heard a negative word tumble off his lips. Never. If you were going to choose a role model he'd be the one. Growing up my options were limited. He was a beacon of calmness. The Admiration Society will continue to remember you no matter what. Bless you Bud.
Patrick McNaughton
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