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Kenneth James Quick was born the 17th of February 1931 to Carl and Fern (Jarvis) Quick at their home in Redding, Iowa. He was welcomed to the family by his 3-year older brother Harold Montgomery. His parents’ big hearts and loving ways created a hard worker and a passionate soul. His faith as a Seventh Day Adventist set his values and relationship with our Savior. He had a deep appreciation for farming and sports and enjoyed playing Junior Legion basketball and baseball before and after graduating from Redding High School in 1949.
On August 21, 1950, he was united in marriage to the “pretty lady” as he called her, Berta G. Morin, in Bethany, Missouri. From that first encounter at the Grant City skating rink to his death on June 29, 2021; they celebrated over 70 years of marriage. To this union, they were blessed with 4 sons, Danny Dayle (1951), William Paul (1955), Jeffrey Carl (1961), and Marvin Bruce (1965). Family was Kenneth’s greatest treasure and he instilled countless life lessons to his boys, who passed that grace, love and understanding to their families; creating an honored grateful, robust, tightly knit family that made him proud. Kenny and Berta had a very special passionate, unwavering love. That special comforting feeling trickled to everyone they encountered, and their home was always open and welcoming to visitors and family at their farm in Redding, Iowa.
He was a proud generational farmer, working the land, raising livestock and passing the love of the land down to generations. In the 90’s, Kenneth was elected as Republican Ringgold County Supervisor. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Faith Lodge #179 and proudly served on Ringgold County Conservation Board, Redding Cemetery Board and would enrich his community so that his children and future generations would have a place to call home. After retirement, Kenneth loved gardening and honed his skills as a woodworker. This resulted in several creations that were made with love. He was proud of his skill and enjoyed teaching the art of woodworking and giving numerous gifts to friends and family.
Kenneth was creative and eloquent in telling stories and having conversation. A captivated young audience could often be found on his lap as he weaved tales of adventures and capers. You could count on a history lesson about all the changes during his 90 years; from the first gravel roads in the county, electricity in the home, railway travel and commerce, horse and carriage mail delivery, neighborhood legends, weather events, struggles, celebrations and so much more. Through his joys of traveling, hunting, fishing, sharing the best home cooked meals around their kitchen table, or “loafing” at the station this brought many more opportunities to visit. He never met a stranger, if he did, they were not one for long as he truly possessed the gift of friendship and fellowship.
He is reunited with family and friends preceding him in death; parents Carl and Fern; brother Harold (June); son Bill; parents-in-law Paul and Sybil (Carroll) Morin; in-laws Billy Morin, Ed (Mary) Morin, Tom (Shirley) Morin, Ronnie (Dorothy) Morin, Don Morin, Bess (Calvin) Pickering, Jean Tandy, and Freddy Kingdon.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Berta; sons Dan (Kathy), Jeff (Rhonda), Bruce (Kris); daughter-in-law Ginny Quick; in-laws Karen Quick, Charles (Bonnie) Morin, Bev Morin, Helen Kingdon, James (Chon) Morin; grandchildren Rebecca (Cliff) Smith and sons Kaden and Bryson, Brian (Abby) Quick and son Josh, Carrie (Wiley) Main and sons Louden and Calvin, Alison (Berkley) Davidson and son Hayden, Colton (Amelia) Quick and sons Jaxon and Cooper, Morgan Quick, Austin (Cacey) Quick and daughters Elena and Aislee, and Ashton Quick; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Redding Cemetery or EveryStep Hospice.
We are sorry to learn of Kenny's death. We look forward to seeing him alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." John 5:28, 29
Jim & Donna Adams Jul 2 2021 12:00 AM
I have wonderful memories if the Quick family. Such a warm sharing family. Carl, Fern, Kenneth, Berta and the boys. I'm very sorry for your loss. And I know my sisters will be, too. May God Bless each of you.
Terri, Granddaughter of Ruth and Walter Jul 1 2021 12:00 AM
Sending our sympathy to the Quick Family. We lived in Redding many years ago and got to know Kenny and his family. We had the opportunity to visit with Kenny about 4 years ago and enjoyed every minute. So steadfast in his Christian values, hospitable and he really cared about everyone. God has truly gained a special soul as Kenny is now home!
Willie and Penny Cornelison Jul 1 2021 12:00 AM
Kenny had a big heart and cared about everyone he crossed paths with. He shared his woodworking talents with our family by making a beautiful clock. Treasure the memories he left and carry on his legacies!
Jim & Joy Goins Jul 1 2021 12:00 AM
Prayers to all of the Quick family. Your memorial
Pictures sent me to memory lane as I remember Fern and Carl and the great times I had at their farm. Somehow i feel it was Kenny who arranged our horse drawn carriage rides.. I remember such a gentle kind man.. Sorry for your loss.
Nancy Fontana granddaughter of Mary and Earl Adair Jul 1 2021 12:00 AM
Rest in peace Kenny .Thanks for the good times at the woodworking shows.You were a perfect gentleman
Raymond Hensley19 Jun 30 2021 12:00 AM