Sioux City, IA – Maynard H. Ahlquist, 95, joined the love of his life, Betty, on March 6, 2023, in Sioux City, IA.
A visitation will be 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside Chapel, 1801 Morningside Ave., with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. A funeral service will by 10:30 am Thursday, March 16, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Climbing Hill, IA with burial to follow in Westfork Township Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Maynard Harold Ahlquist, the son of Harold and Verna (Noffsinger) Ahlquist was born September 10, 1927, in Lawton, IA. He graduated from high school in Bronson, IA in 1947.
On November 24, 1950, Maynard was united in marriage with Betty Boggs in Bronson. Betty died November 8, 2011.
He farmed until 1972, also drove a cement truck for Fullerton Lumberyard (later, Moville Lumber) for 22 years. Maynard retired in 1992, but continued to work, along with Betty, as proud caretakers of the Westfork Township Cemetery and as a handy man around town.
Maynard was a member of First Baptist Church in Climbing Hill, serving as a board member, and a 4-H Leader. He enjoyed woodworking, playing cards and Minnesota fishing and South Dakota snowmobiling trips with family and friends. Maynard and Betty enjoyed many sporting activities with their grandchildren and great grandchildren. You could see Maynard in his yard mowing on his John Deer lawn tractor or sitting on his bench looking over his plantation.
Maynard is survived by his children, Debra (Jim) McGrath of Allen NE, Rickie (Susan) Ahlquist of Kingsley, IA; three grandchildren, Brent (Elizabeth) Gunderson of Omaha, NE, Bart (Sara) Gunderson of Hubbard, NE, Nicole Ahlquist of Kingsley; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Marvin Ahlquist, Marlin Ahlquist, and Mary (John) Porter, all of Sioux City; sister-in-law, Marilyn Ahlquist of Sioux City; sister-in-law Marlyn (Elgerd) Arnett of Sioux City; sister-in-law Dora Boggs of Sergeant Bluff. Many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; and a brother, Melvin Ahlquist; sister-n-law Edith Ahlquist; brother-in-law’s Robert Boggs and Richard Boggs; sister-in-law Carolyn Thompson and brother-in-law Tom Thompson.