Dr. Edwin “Ed” Tanquist – Alexandria Echo Press

Edwin John Tanquist Jr MD 02/05/1932 – 09/16/2022

Edwin (Ed) was born on February 5, 1932 in Alexandria, Minnesota, the 3rd child of Edwin J Tanquist Sr MD. and Olive C (Johnson) Tanquist.

Ed graduated from Alexandria High School in 1950. He played trumpet in band and orchestra for 8 years. During his junior and senior years of high school, he also played football, basketball, and golf and was on the basketball team that went to the 1950 state tournament.

After high school, Ed attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis from 1950 until he graduated from the University of MN Medical School in 1957. Ed and Bonnie (Swensen) Tanquist were married on August 30, 1956 at the Congregational Church in Billings, Montana. At the time Ed was serving 3 months as a Coast Guard Petty Officer at the Crow Agency Hospital in SE Montana caring for the Crow and Cheyenne Indians. They finished their respective colleges at the University of Minnesota. During their senior year, they had quarters at Anoka State Hospital, where Ed acted as an admissions doctor for newly arrived patients at night and weekends and completed his medical degree during the day. Bonnie continued her studies, including teaching practice at various city schools. Ed and his bride, Bonnie, moved to Panama in 1957, where he completed his residency in general surgery and internal medicine. Their sons John and Bruce were born in the Canal Zone before returning to the States in 1960. Ed then went into general practice with his father in Alexandria, MN before welcoming their daughter Faye to the family, who was born in 1961 in Alexandria.

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In the 1960s, Ed learned to fly airplanes and added several aviation certifications. He was a certified private, commercial and instrument instructor for both ground and flight school. He held single-engine, twin-engine, swimmer and skiplane ratings. In 1967 he was named Mr. Aviation for the state of Minnesota. During his flying years, Ed also recorded an amazing 492 skydiving and parachute jumps.

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In addition, Ed and Bonnie were certified divers. They also loved golfing, fishing, boating, water and snow skiing, and travel by land and air.

In 2001, at the age of 69, Ed shot his age twice at golf, a remarkable feat.

Ed and Bonnie are life members of the Congregational Church. Ed was a choir member from elementary school through high school. Ed was involved with the Junior and Senior Pilgrim Fellowships. Ed achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and became a Boy Scout leader.

On Sunday July 18, 2010 Ed was confirmed at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, Garfield MN. Ed sang in St. Luke’s Choir and especially enjoyed the Mens Prayer Group on Wednesdays. His membership in St. Lukes and collaboration with pastors, group studies and Mens prayer groups led to a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ and Christianity. He was also a member of the Golden K.

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Ed leaves his wife Bonnie at the age of 66. His three children John Tanquist, Bruce (Sheila) Tanquist and Faye (Mark) Westwood; two grandchildren, Joe (Merit) Tanquist and Justin Tanquist; two great-grandchildren, Jaxson and Raelyn Tanquist. Sister-in-law Betty Swensen. He loved spending time with many nieces, nephews and wonderful lifelong friends whom he cherished.

Preceded in death by his parents; Sister Joyce (Quentin) Dunnum, Sister Audrey (Robert) Kloehn, Brother-in-law Tom Swensen, Daughter-in-law Collen Frey-Tanquist, Grandson Connor Westwood, Niece Bonnie Dunnum, Nephew Robert Kloehn.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice or to the Douglas County Hospice.

The viewing will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home. The visitation will continue on Thursday, September 29, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Garfield with the memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are in place with the Anderson Funeral Home. www.andersonfuneral.net

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