Mark A. Rosenquist, rural Noonan, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, exactly 54 years from the day he was born. He fought a fierce and courageous battle with cancer before the disease finally won.
Mark Alan Rosenquist was born Oct. 1, 1959, the fifth son born to James and Mildred (Olesen) Rosenquist, in Crosby. He was raised on the family farm in Long Creek Township, which he eventually bought and settled on. Mark graduated from Divide County High School in 1978.
Following his high school graduation, he immediately went to work in the oil industry, working various jobs and places. Eventually he started his own trucking business. He decided on a final career change, parked his semis, and went to work for Samson Resources.
He loved and truly enjoyed his job with Samson Resources, making many new friends. He always had time to have a cup of coffee and visit with them. Ill health forced Mark to retire in February 2013.
Mark passed away at Brentmoor Assisted Living in Minot, under the care of hospice. He was able to be in a home environment and yet have the help and care he needed. He appreciated his short time there.
Mark was once married to Sherri Evenson. From this union, two sons, Brett and Ethan, were born.
He enjoyed visiting with people and always seemed to know someone, no matter how far away from home he was. Mark was always up for a good game of pinochle, a good steak dinner, and a trip to Fleet Farm, (the man mall). Most of all, he loved spending time, hanging out, hunting and fishing with his sons. For Father's Day this year, he received a gift that brought him a lot of joy and peace, a miniature American Eskimo puppy, which he named Nanook.
Surviving family includes: sons, Brett Rosenquist, Minot, and Ethan Rosenquist, Minot; former wife, Sherri Nelson, Minot; his dog, Nanook; sisters and brothers; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mildred; and several brothers.
Cremation has taken place.
At Mark's request, there will be no funeral services.
"Remember me as I was, for finally I am pain free."
Memorials: Are preferred to Trinity Hospice, Minot, or the American Cancer Society.
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(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot)