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Bardon "Bo" Allen Setterquist

Bardon "Bo"

Allen Setterquist

Bardon Allen Setterquist (Bo) died peacefully in the night of Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 10:22 p.m. in Duluth, Minnesota after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Bo was diagnosed with ALS in April, 2017 and survived 8 months as the disease progressed quickly. He is survived by his daughters Alison Jayne Setterquist and Amanda Danielle Setterquist of Costa Mesa, CA his mother Delores Marlene Setterquist of Cloquet, MN, and his siblings Terry (Janette) Setterquist and Sharm Setterquist, Suzan (Donald) Gonzales, Tracy (David) Strand, Ahnna (James) Dudley, and Jolene Setterquist and extended family members. He is preceded in death by his father Jerrald Walter Setterquist.

Bo was born on September 6, 1960 in Cloquet, MN. His father, Jerry provided a wonderful model for how to treat others and work hard. Thanks to his parents, Bo turned out to be both successful and kind.

Bo enjoyed a successful career as store manager with Nordstrom that began in 1992 with a job selling women's shoes. Bo often said he had the "coolest" job in the world and he was good at it. He loved working for the Nordstrom Company and the Nordstrom family. He credited the company for his transformation from a fun loving kid to a responsible adult. Bo was a natural leader and was particularly good at taking low performing stores and turning them into successful ones. He was recognized with the prestigious Presidents Cup at three of his stores. His career took him to New York, Seattle, Boston, and San Francisco before it was cut short by this terrible disease.

As dedicated and successful as Bo was in his career, the greatest love of his life was his two daughters, Alison Jayne Setterquist and Amanda Danielle Setterquist. Both girls are following his lead and working in the fashion industry in Southern California.

Bo had many interests and pastimes. He enjoyed politics and ran for Mayor of St. Paul while he was starting his career at Nordstrom. While his didn't win, he was happy to make his suggestions for a stronger downtown St. Paul known to the public in various interviews. Ever confident, Bo entered home-made pickles into the Minnesota State Fair pickle competition, using the Setterquist family dill pickle recipe. After winning 3rd prize, he gifted his prize-winning pickles to family and friends every year. While in New York with Nordstrom, Bo was inspired by modern artist, Jean-Paul Basquiat. Oil painting quickly became his passion which continued until his death. These paintings are a treasured keepsake on display throughout his family member's homes. He enjoyed long rides on his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, loved the Minnesota Vikings, and occasional afternoons on the golf course. Bo had three hole-in-ones over his lifetime.

In the summer of 2014, Bo started to lose small motor skills in his hands. Despite several visits to Boston doctors, it wasn't until he was moved with Nordstrom in 2017 to Northern California that he was able to learn the cause of his worsening condition. His ALS diagnosis was confirmed by the neurology department of UCSF. To be closer to his family, Bo moved to his hometown of Cloquet, Minnesota where he enjoyed the love and compassion of family and lifelong friends until his passing.

To know Bo was to love Bo. His positive attitude, constant good cheer, and concern for others made him a favorite of many. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends alike, but they can take comfort in the fact that his suffering has ended and remember the many good times they shared with him.

The Memorial Service for Bo will be held at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet, MN on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. with a visitation time one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be held at the Sawyer Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, visit the guest book at