Obituary – LaRue V. Dahlquist

St. Cloud, Minn. — LaRue V. Dahlquist, M.D., 75, St. Cloud, Minn., died Feb. 23, 2013, at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud.

Visitation was Feb. 26 at Calvary Community Church, St. Cloud, and Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral services were Feb. 27 at Calvary Community Church, St. Cloud. The burial was at North Star Cemetery, St. Cloud.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

LaRue was born June 4, 1937, in Concord, to Clarence and Mildred (Gunnarson) Dahlquist. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Concord High School. LaRue married Harriet L. Peterson June 27, 1959, in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Bethel College, Wayne State Teachers College and graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical School in 1962. LaRue completed his internship at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D. He then served in the Public Health Service in Eagle Butte, S.D., Indian Reservation for two years before moving to Pipestone, Minn., in 1964, where he began his medical practice. In 1969, he moved to St. Cloud where he became a partner at the St. Cloud Medical Group until he finally listened to his loving wife and chose to retire in 2011. He was also instrumental in founding the Emergency Room at the St. Cloud Hospital. When BioLife Plasma Services opened in St. Cloud, he became their Medical Director, which continued to keep him busy on a part-time basis even after he retired.

LaRue served on numerous professional and church related boards, including the Central Minnesota Physicians Board. He was the Chairman and member of multiple boards at Calvary Baptist Church, St. Cloud. He was a founding Board member of Youth For Christ, St. Cloud, and one of the original Elders at Park Fellowship Church, St. Cloud.

LaRue was a dedicated physician who always put his patients and practice first. Even after retirement, he continued his passion for caring for others. LaRue enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his grandkids’ school and sporting events. He took simple pleasures in boating, fishing and traveling to sunny Delray Beach, Fla. In his spare time, he researched his genealogy, which led him to his homeland of Sweden, where he found and met distant relatives.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet Dahlquist, St. Cloud, Minn.; daughters and sons and spouses, Pamela Lynn and Dan Lovaas, St. Cloud, Minn.; Kendall David and Tamah Dahlquist, St. Cloud, Minn.; Philip Alan Dahlquist, Farmington, Minn.; Lisa Marie Dahlquist, Columbia, S.C.; brothers and wives, Don and Betty Dahlquist, Laurel; Harris and Carol Dahlquist, Hawarden, Iowa; sister-in-law, Mary Dahlquist, Laurel; nine grandchildren, Kellan, Taylor, Kiah, Alec, Hannah, Korbyn, Lauren, Decha and Alison.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Marlyn Dahlquist.