David Almquist 1946-2019 David Paul Almquist, 73, of Petersburg, IL, died Monday morning, October 28, 2019 at his home. David was born August 11, 1946 in Red Oak IA, to Reynold D. and Gunhild Almquist of Essex, IA, where he was raised. After graduation from Essex High School in 1964 he attended Southwestern Community College, Clarinda, IA. He served in the United States Army for two years and did duty in Vietnam. After his return he worked in his father's grain elevator and portable milling business in Essex, IA. David and Mary Bengtson of Council Bluffs, IA were married on May 27, 1978. On their 14th anniversary they repeated their vows during a religious ceremony in Petersburg, IL where they had moved a few years prior. David then began working for Art's Way, an agricultural products company. He retired in 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a sister, and two brothers-in-law. He is survived by four sisters; two stepsisters; and one stepbrother; their spouses and families; and many dear friends. Cremation was provided by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies. Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2019 at Butler Funeral HomeSpringfield, 900 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL. Military honors will be provided at 10:00 a.m. followed by the sharing of remembrances. A memorial ceremony will be held later in Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League, 1001 N. Taintor Rd., Springfield, IL 62702 or to American Legion Post 0333, PO Box 7, Essex, IA 51638. Please visit to offer your condolences.

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