Carl Vernon Bloomquist

July 29, 1929-Jan. 27, 2018

Carl Vernon Bloom-

quist, 88 of Devils Lake,

ND died on Saturday,

January 27, 2018 at Even-

tide Heartland Care

Center, Devils Lake.

Carl was born July 29,

1929 the oldest of twins to

Mathias and Jennie

(Anderson) Bloomquist in

Devils Lake, ND. Carl

grew up on the family

farm north of Devils Lake

and attended St. Mary’s

Academy. Carl and his

twin brother Dale both

joined the US Navy in

1948 and both served 4

years active duty. Carl

served aboard the USS

HANK DD702 with home

port of New Orleans, the

DD702 took reservists on

training sea trials to the

US base at Guantanamo

Bay Cuba. At the outbreak

of the Korean Conflict the

DD702 was assigned to

the Sea of Japan and

Korea. On December 24,

1950 Carl was aboard the

DD702 that was part of

the Pacific Fleet that with-

drew the First Marine

Division from the harbors

of Hamhung and Hung-

nam following the with-

drawal from the Chosan

Reservoir. Returning

home from service in

1952 Carl attended Lake

Region Junior College gra-

duating in 1954, He at-

tended Concordia College,

Moorhead MN, and re-

ceived his Bachelor of Sci-

ence in Education from

Mayville State Teachers

College in 1956. On June

24, 1955 he married Alta

Nelia Lindaas at St Olaf

Lutheran Church. Carl be-

gan teaching in Minot ND.

where he was a psycholo

gy teacher, counselor and

chairman of the guidance

department at Minot

Senior High School from

1956 to 1969. Carl attend

ed many class reunions

the last one was the 55th

reunion of the class of 56,

he was always addressed

as Mr. Bloomquist. In

1960 he received his Mas-

ter of Arts degree in gui-

dance and counseling

from UND and did post

graduate work at Palo

Alto, California. In 1969

Carl moved his family to

Bismarck, ND where Carl

was the Head Counselor

for United Tribes Employ

ment Training Center. In

1970 the family moved

back to the family farm in

Harding Township. Carl

was active in the ND

Farmers union serving as

Ramsey County President

and also on the NDFU

state board as district

director for 8 years. In

1988 Carl was elected as a

Ramsey County Commis-

sioner and served in that

capacity until 2000. Carl

also became interested in

recording and sharing his

and others military histo-

ry and started the first

ship reunion of the USS

HANK DD702 in 1989

which still has reunions

every year around the

country recognizing

sailors from WWII

through Vietnam who

served aboard the “tincan”

USS HANK. From that

small beginning Carl start-

ed the North Dakota Bull

Session and Maritime

Museum in 1990 the first

Bull Session had former

ND Governor Bill Guy a

WWII “tincan sailor” as

the featured speaker, dur-

ing the next 22 Bull Ses-

sions hundreds of reunion

attendees came. Each Bull

Session had “The Log”

which was a published

booklet of veteran’s recol-

lections and memories of

their time in service to

our country. Carl was also

one of the first to petition

the US Navy for a vessel

named USS North Dakota

which is now one of the

Navy’s newest subma-

rines. Carl and Alta trav-

eled extensively around

the USA attending his

ship reunions visiting re-

latives in Canada and va-

cations in Hawaii. His

most important travels

were several trips to

Stromsund Sweden and

Finland to visit many rela-

tives there. He treasured

the reconnection with his

family there and several

of them traveled to Ameri-

ca to visit Carl’s family

here and his farm. Carl

was a member of the

American Legion, FOE,


Life Member of the VFW

where he served on the

color guard and was the

Post Commander for a

number of years. He was

honored to “fire salute” at

funerals of fellow veterans

and march in numerous

parades, memorial and

Veterans Day com-

memorations. Carl never

really retired he was al-

ways helping on the farm

and active in community

events including the

development of the Cen-

tennial Farm Project that

recognized family farms

that had been in families

for 100 years. He was also

an active advocate for

family farms and often

went to Bismarck and

Washington DC to ad-

vance the interests of fam-

ily farms. Carl had many

titles but none were more

important than Husband,

Father, Grandfather and

Great Gpa.

SURVIVORS: wife Alta

(Lindaas) Bloomquist; son

Rudi (Dianne) Bloom-

quist; granddaughters

Michelle (Phil) Thomas,

Traci Todahl; great grand-

sons Caleb Thomas and

Maddox West;

sister-in-law Betty Bloom-

quist; nephews CJ Bloom-

quist, John Jennings;

nieces Siggie (Phil) Still-

man, Elsa (Tom) Guiney,

Cecila(Ken) Lingle, Caryl

(Bob) Rutten and all their

families, also many

cousins in Sweden and


DEATH: brother Jim

Bloomquist, sister Ione

and brother-in-law Nor-

man Jennings, and twin

brother Dale who died

November 13, 2017.


Monday, February 5, 2018

at 10:30 am at St. Olaf

Lutheran Church, Devils

Lake with Reverend Jim

Paulson officiating. VISI-

TATION: Sunday, Febru-

ary 4th from 3:00 pm until

6:00 p.m. and on Monday

at the church one hour

prior to the funeral ser-

vice. Burial: in the Devils

Lake Cemetery with Mili-

tary Honors. Online con-

dolences at