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Funeral service Saturday for Duluth architect found in Utah wilderness
A funeral will be held Saturday for Duluth architect Robert Berquist, who was found Friday near a Moab, Utah, hiking trail hours after he was reported missing.
In a news release, the Grant County Sheriff's Department said it launched a search for Berquist, 66, after he failed to return to his lodging establishment following a Thursday hike. He departed on the hike at approximately 11 a.m. that morning. His body was found at 2 a.m. Friday after search and rescue personnel followed shoe tracks and discarded water bottles where he had been walking. According to Berquists's obituary, he died of heat exhaustion.
Berquist's body was transported to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office in Salt Lake City.
His obituary, as posted by Bell Brothers Funeral Home, is as follows:
Robert Allan Berquist, 66, of Duluth, passed away July 11, 2014 near Moab, Utah of heat exposure while doing what he loved – hiking and looking for rocks and fossils.
Robert was born in Chicago, IL in December of 1947 to Carl and Goldie Berquist.
He graduated from Chicago Vocational High School in 1966 and attended the University of Illinois Chicago Campus where he received a Bachelor's of Architecture in 1970. Robert moved from Chicago to Duluth in 1971 where he worked for construction and architectural firms until joining and becoming a partner of Larson, Harvala & Berquist Engineers and Architects (LHB). Robert started his own architectural firm, Robert A. Berquist , Architect –PA, in 1989. He has left a positive influence on Duluth by designing many homes and projects in the area, and most notably the transformation of Canal Park with his architectural vision and talent over the last 40 years.
On December 19, 1993 he was joined in marriage to his beloved, Jody A. Berger, at First Lutheran Church in Duluth after a 4 year courtship. Together they built their home in Duluth and lived with their family of many pets. Robert's joy other than loving and caring for his family and pets included riding his motorcycle, Hungarian cooking, home improvement projects, planting grapes, painting, drawing, hiking, traveling, laughing with friends, packing heat and a great cigar. Robert was an involved member of Trinity Lutheran Church and had a very strong faith in our Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one grandson, Henry Bruckelmyer.
Robert is survived by his wife Jody of 20 years; seven pets, Joey, Ava, Ike, Hallie, Sophie, Tiszta & Arthur; three beautiful daughters that he loved dearly, Heidi (Harold) Peck of Scappoose, Oregon, Mae (Dave) Chase of Phoenix, Arizona, and Greta (Lance) Bruckelmyer of Hamburg, Minnesota; eight grandchildren, Joshua, Lydia, Ava, Lonnie, Simon, Gordon, Teddy and Goldie; and countless loving friends.
The family wishes to sincerely thank the Grand County Search & Rescue and Grand County Sheriff's office for their immense effort in locating Robert so we could bring him home to say goodbye.
Visitation: 4 – 8 pm Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N. 56th Ave. W. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 2 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1108 E. 8th Street with visitation one hour prior to services at the church. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials to the family are preferred in lieu of flowers and will be distributed to the Grand County Search and Rescue, Moab, UT and the Douglas County Humane Society, in memory of Robert Berquist. Please leave a memory of Robert or words of support for the family at www.bellbrothersfuneralhome.com
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