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Gregg Marquardt

Gregg Alan Marquardt, 62, passed away Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and love.

Gregg was born March 19, 1947 to George and Joan (Asselin) Marquardt in Wadena. He was raised in Wadena and graduated from Wadena High School in 1965. Gregg was active in Civil Air Patrol as a young man, earning the Jack Ollum Memorial Award in 1964 and was chosen to participate in the International Air Cadet Exchange Program, spending two weeks in England, Scotland and Wales in 1965. He founded a CAP Squadron in Hermantown in 1968. Gregg was united in marriage to Wanda Annette Heem on May 4, 1968, and settled in Duluth. He started as a surveyor for the DNR in 1966 and worked for MnDOT and retired as a senior engineering specialist after 41 years.

Gregg will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Special thanks to Solvay Hospice House, Dr. Bret Friday and the oncology staff at SMDC Cancer Center.

Memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 16, at the Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E. 4th Street in Duluth. Services were entrusted to the Cremation Society of Minnesota, (218) 624-5200.

Survivors include his loving wife of 41 years, Wanda; children, Mike (Sue) Marquardt, Denise Ozdemir and Paula (Milo) Swenson; grandchildren, Owen Swenson and Jacob Marquardt, all of Duluth; mother, Joan Marquardt; and siblings, Charles (Carol) Marquardt, William (Debbie) Marquardt of Michigan, Kristie (Ken)

Lindstrom and Brian Marquardt (special friend, Lorrie Larsen); mother-in-law, Birdie Heern; sister-in-law, Donna (Duane) Trana; brother-in-law, Doug Heern; niece, Julie (Jason) Brink; niece, Tracy Trana; and numerous aunts and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Marquardt; father-in-law, Ralph Heern; and brother-in-law, Darwin Heern.