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Edwin Francis Holmquist, 88, passed away Sunday, 7 May 2023, from natural causes at his home in Hamilton, Montana, with his wife Lucille and his daughter Sally at his side.
“Sonny,” as he was known early in life, was born 2 May 1935 in Great Falls, Montana, to Dora Laverdure and Edwin Leonard Holmquist. He attended schools in Great Falls and Harlowton and graduated from Fairfield High School in 1953.
In 1955 he married Coreen May Vance and they had a family of five children. Their marriage was solemnized in 1986 at the Cardston Alberta Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he was an elder in the Church.
Ed had a series of jobs through the years, including a partnership with his father in a diversified dairy farm as he settled at Fort Shaw.
He joined the Montana Air National Guard in 1953 and worked mostly in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, retiring in 1990, having earned rank as Master Sergeant. For about 30
years, Ed and Coreen were long-haul owner/operator truck drivers, “draggin’ wagon,” retiring in 2000. Coreen passed away from ovarian cancer in 2011.
Ed later married Lucille Stewart-Loov in 2013 and they made homes in Alberta and Hamilton.
Ed was also preceded in death by his parents and sister Marlene Bach.
He is survived by his wife Lucille and her two daughters and their families; and daughters - Sharman (Jeff) Legore of Fort Shaw, Sally (Greg) McQuire of Great Falls, sons Cary (Colleen) of Frenchtown, Chris (Patricia) of Kearns, Utah, and Craig (Marla) of Fairfield; 24 grandchildren & 40 great-grandchildren; & his sister Carol Huckins of Great Falls & brother Peter of Fort Shaw
Military graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, 13 May, at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Fairfield