Stephen Donald Edquist

Steve was born on November 8, 1947 to parents Don & Ethel Edquist.  He was the oldest of three children and loved growing up in Minneapolis.  Steve attended Washburn High School.   

He later enlisted in the Armed Forces.  He was a proud veteran and served three years in the U.S. Army.  Steve was an SP/5.  He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was wounded twice.  Steve was in the infantry and then became a combat engineer and involved in aviation.  Steve was the recipient of the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, two Air Medals, two Commendation Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Aircraft Crewman Wings and a Marksman Rifle Medal.  Steve was a true patriot.  After his honorable discharge, Steve continued to serve his country through the volunteer work he did at Fort Snelling National Cemetery 

Steve’s time in the military instilled a strong work ethic in him.  He worked full time as a truck driver for over 35 years.  Steve was also able to turn one of his passions in life into a job.  For seven years, Steve worked as a security guard for the American Wrestling Association.  Steve LOVED wrestling!  Throughout his entire life, he followed the sport and never missed a chance to go to the local AWA events. 

Another interest of Steve’s was photography.  He took wonderful photos of local fire departments.  Some of his work was even featured in books, magazines, calendars and used in classroom trainings for new firefighters.    Steve also loved photographing nature, and he was very proud of his work.   

Steve was a lifelong outdoorsman.  He loved being in nature and passed this love onto his family.  Steve and his son Aaron enjoyed going camping together.  Steve was very close to his son and loved him deeply.  Aaron was such a blessing to Steve, and he was always so proud of Aaron. 

It was through Aaron that Steve met the love of his life, Oral.  Steve & Oral were married on January 23, 2009, and they spent many wonderful years together.  Steve also became a dad to Oral’s children, Luke, Heather & Danielle.  He loved his family so deeply and would do anything for them.  Steve especially loved when the grandkids arrived.  He was such a great Papa.  Steve loved taking the grandkids camping, out to hear bands and on a Disney Cruise. 

Steve enjoyed computers, camping, swimming, traveling and going to the casinos.  Steve felt he was very lucky in life.  He got to fulfill most of his dreams.  He had a wonderful family, got to be a part of the fire department, worked-out with professional wrestlers and flew Huey helicopters in the Army.  Steve said, “I’ve had a great life!!! Be happy for me.  I’m home now with my loving son, Aaron.” 

On March 8, 2019, Steve passed away in the arms of his loving wife.  He will be missed, but never forgotten.  Steve is survived by his wife, Oral Edquist; children, Luke Ludke, Heather Winchester, Danielle Winchester; Grandkids, Jayvonn Hornbrook, Maya Hernandez, Matayah Hernandez, Kynzlie Galatovich; brother, Ron Edquist; other loving relative and friends.  Steve was greeted in Heaven by his son, Aaron Edquist; his parents & sister. 

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  1. Rosie McNaughton

    Oral and family, I can’t believe Steve is gone. He was a wonderful friend and did so many things for our absent veterans. I could never thank him enough for taking the picture of my father’s headstone. I have never visited Fort Snelling. My sympathy goes out to you all. May you feel the love that people you don’t even know had for Steve. He touched many hearts. He is with Aaron now so I know he is happy and free from pain. RIP Steve. You will always be missed.

  2. Hi, I have known Steve for 16 years from findagrave. He seemed like such a wonderful person. Our sons both passed a few months apart. He was one heck of a nice guy. Sending love and prayers to his family and friends


    Oral Ann and Family,
    Don and I want to offer you our sincerest condolences for this profound loss. We pray that in this time of great grief you find comfort in each other and in Steve’s love.
    Don and Colleen Dawson

  4. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

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