Wayne L. Markquart

THOMPSON FALLS, Mont. — Wayne L. Markquart, 83, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, of both COVID and his ongoing battle with inclusion body myositis. Due to the pandemic, a celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at a later time.

Wayne Lawrence Markquart was born Feb. 15, 1937, on the family farm near Dunnell, Minn., son of Lawrence and Florence Markquart.

He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dunnell. He graduated from Ceylon High School in 1955. Wayne entered service in the U.S. Army in 1956 and served in the 8th Army Honor Guard in Seoul, South Korea until his discharge in 1958.

He began his building career working in Sherburn, Minn. His adventurous spirit led him to California, Montana, Alaska, Washington and Idaho where he ran his own construction company, and hunted, fished and enjoyed the outdoors of the Northwest. He married Dianne Duda in California and they had three children. On Feb. 7, 2001, he was united in marriage to Julaine Petschke at St. John’s Lutheran in Dunnell, Minn. They made their home in Thompson Falls, Mont., where he treasured time and food with his family and friends, work in his shop, and fellowship at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. He was known in the community as the maker of furniture, notably his custom Adirondack chairs. Wayne is survived by his wife, Julaine; children, Garry (Shawna), Bradley, and Michelle (Michael) Britain; stepdaughters, Darcia (Larry) Schmidt, and Dana (David) Nawrocki; daughter-in-law, Julie; 10 grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Phyllis Laidig, Joyce Fox, and Donna (Terry) Luscombe; many dear friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister; brother; and grandson.