Family Remembers Victim of Fatal Crash

By KBJR News 1

July 10, 2013 Updated Jul 10, 2013 at 10:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- A family is mourning the loss of their son tonight, a decorated member of the 148th fighter wing, one of two people killed tragically in a traffic accident Tuesday in Solway Township.

Lonnie Lindquist's father and fiancee gathered to honor and remember a life taken too soon.

"Last night I left the porch light on..I wanted him to come home," said Clifford Lindquist, father of Lon-Lee Lindquist.

Clifford Lindquist lost his son Lonnie Tuesday in this tragic crash.

Authorities say Lonnie and his passenger, Troy Berens of Floodwood, were killed instantly when a well drilling rig traveling westbound on Highway 194 collided with Lonnie's eastbound pick-up truck.

"It's real difficult to believe Lonnie is gone," said Lindquist.

Lindquist wants his son to be remembered for what he loved most.

"A loving family member first of all and second, a member of the air guard. Those were the two most important things in his life,"said Lindquist.

Lonnie was a 6-year vet with the Minnesota 148th Fighter Wing...earning two hometown hero awards.

His other passion in life..his fiancée Amanda Bruner.

"Since we first met, we have kind of been inseparable since then," said Amanda Bruner, Lonnie's fiancee.

The couple was recently engaged and Bruner will remember him for the guy he was.

"You don't get the good guy vibe from anybody anymore, and with him you did," said Bruner.

His family will always remember the happy, energetic man who put family first and who they couldn't be more proud of.

I couldn't have asked for a better son", said Lindquist.

A son taken too soon.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held July 18 at Sunrise Funeral Home in Hermantown and a private burial will be held in Alexandria on July 19.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati