Thief River Falls and Denver, CO – Edsel Lindquist, beloved husband, father and grandfather and formerly of Thief River Falls, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the Covenant Village Retirement Center in Denver, Colorado at the age of 90 years.
Edsel Leonard Lindquist was born in Watertown to George and Nellie Lindquist on March 10, 1928. In 1931, the family moved to Alvwood where he was raised. During his last years of high school, Edsel moved to Gary, IN where he graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1946. He furthered his education with a degree from Trinity Bible School and Seminary in Chicago, IL.
While attending Trinity, Red and his brother Lin formed a team of itinerant evangelists, ministering across the USA and overseas in music and preaching. One particular trip brought Red and Lin to Thief River Falls, where he met and fell in love with the pianist at the meeting named Naomi Vedum. Edsel and Naomi were united in marriage at the Evangelical Free Church in Thief River Falls on June 14, 1952.
Once their four children were school-aged, Naomi stayed at their home in Thief River Falls during the school year while Red and Lin traveled. During the three summer months, the whole family would travel in ministry together as “The Musical Lindquists.” After the children all graduated from Lincoln High School, Red and Naomi continued in music and evangelism ministry until their retirement in 1998 and eventually relocated to the Covenant Village Retirement Community in Denver, CO, where they lived together until Naomi passed away in 2015. Edsel stayed at Covenant Village without his beloved Naomi until he was reunited with her on March 28th.
Most who remember Red would struggle to picture him without a song on his lips or an accordion in his hands. Since his early teens, Red played the accordion with a unique style and skill that has blessed all those who were fortunate enough to hear him. In fact, Red was playing his accordion on his 90th birthday only weeks before he was invited to celebrate Easter face to face with the Savior he loved and served so faithfully.
Edsel is survived by his one son, Larry Lindquist of Waterloo, SC, and three daughters: Merrilee Torgerson of Hong Kong, Karen Sorenson of Maricopa, AZ and Ruth Holm of Littleton, CO. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren who will all miss him dearly.
A memorial service for family and friends of both Red and Naomi will take place the weekend of June 24th at the Evangelical Free Church of Thief River Falls.