Paul David Holmquist was born at home on the farm in Kalispell, Montana on June 28, 1927; he was the seventh child out of eleven siblings. He passed away at his home in Kalispell, Montana on February 5, 2017.
Paul was proud of his full blood Swedish ancestry as his family immigrated to the US in the late 1880's. He grew up in an era people now still don't realize existed in the 1930’s and 1940's - horse drawn farming equipment and buggies with no indoor conveniences. Paul remembered the brilliance of the farms first 25 watt light bulb; he was 14 at the time. Seven years later came the luxury of indoor plumbing and toilet.
The most important part of Paul's life was accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior at age 18. Paul's love of God defined the rest of his life creating a man of great integrity.
Paul attended Bible school for two years before joining the Air Force. These travels brought him to New York where he met the love of his life, Ruth Gloss. They were married October 18, 1952 and then returned to Kalispell.
Paul started his lifetime career of carpentry and home builder and did all the stages of construction. Paul's perfectionism made him a true craftsman. Because of his Faith Paul never cut corners to make a buck. He had no exact retirement date; he just took on smaller projects as he slowed down later in his 70’s. Paul once again enjoyed being a small time farmer.
Paul and Ruth had two children, Karen and Allen. Paul enjoyed helping with 4H projects, fishing, camping, fishing, hunting, fishing, and oh yes, fishing. Number one was serving Jesus at the Assembly of God Church. Paul was there whenever the doors were open and answered every call for service.
Paul was the last of his siblings to die. Ruth preceded him in death in 2007. He is survived by daughter Karen (Ron) Meroney in Portland Oregon, son Allen in Kalispell, grand-daughter Tabitha (Jon) Borchardt in Seattle, grand-daughter April and great-granddaughter Inka in Kalispell, and dozens of cousins, nephews, nieces, etc.
As Paul said at the end of letters and conversations ... "Jesus is coming soon. Keep looking up!".
A public viewing will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 10-12PM at Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home with service to immediately follow. A burial to follow at C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home is caring for the family.