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William “Bill” Paul Quick, son of Kenneth J. and Berta G. (Morin) Quick, was born in Mount Ayr, IA October 14, 1955. Bill began his schooling in Delphos, then attended Maloy and Redding schools before graduating from Mount Ayr Community High School; class of 1974.
He was united in marriage to Virginia “Ginny” Kaye Elmer on August 30, 1975, at the Redding Methodist Church. Bill was blessed with two daughters, Rebecca Mae (1978) and Carrie Dawn (1982). In 1981, he moved to a little piece of paradise; the family farm just south of Delphos, IA, where Bill had grown up and shared many memories with his brothers and cousins. Bill enjoyed a rewarding, independent and fulfilling lifestyle as a farmer. He was always a caretaker to anyone in his life, including the animals and the land. Bill worked a second job for a short time in the early nineties as a maintenance man at the Mount Ayr Post Office, having to punch a time clock was not Bill’s style and his passion was working the land and raising beef cattle.
Bill had several hobbies, he enjoyed mini-rod tractor pulling and mud running, earning several stories and a few trophies with his adventures. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, attending auctions, watching the Kansas City Royals, going to farm shows and making memories with friends and family. Relationships with other people were very important to him. Bill’s honest, genuine, friendly demeanor formed strong friendships with multitudes of people; those he loved as family, those he lent a hand and those he shared a big smile and a hearty laugh. Bill would find the best in anyone and the best in every day. While Bill’s faith in God was private, his belief in eternal life and the power of prayer was unshakable. Bill was a proud member of Masonic Faith Lodge #179.
In 2004, Bryson Paul Smith, the first of four grandsons entered the world, followed in the next few years by Louden James Main, Kaden Russell Smith and Calvin Keith Main, allowing the greatest blessing in Bill’s life as Pa Bill. Grandpa was so proud of these fine young men who carry many of Bill’s beautiful traits. Bill always took time to spend with the grandsons, attending activities, sporting events and showing them how to have fun, even if it was while getting a job done.
Bill was a very special person with the gift of life and he truly lived every minute of every day. Bill replaced the pain and suffering of cancer with the love from all the special people in his life on Earth for a glorious reunion with his maker on January 7, 2020. He is reunited with friends and family preceding him in death; grandparents, Carl and Fern (Jarvis) Quick and Paul and Sybil (Carroll) Morin; parents-in-law, Henry and Maggie Mae (Johnson) Elmer; brothers-in-law, Mark Elmer and Merlyn Mathany.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ginny, of Redding; daughters, Rebecca (Cliff) Smith of Adel and Carrie (Wiley) Main of Mount Ayr; grandsons, Bryson and Kaden Smith of Adel and Louden and Calvin Main of Mount Ayr; parents, Kenneth and Berta Quick of Redding; brothers, Danny (Kathy) Quick of Redding, Jeff (Rhonda) Quick of Redding and Bruce (Kris) Quick of Tingley; brothers-in-law, Richard (Lisa) Elmer of Mount Ayr and James (Kristine) Elmer of CA; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Mathany of Carlisle and Elaine (Vance) Briner of Agency, IA. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Memorial service was at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr.
Officiating was Pastor Emily Peasley.
Masonic Rites was Larry Riley.
Songs was “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill, “Amazing Grace” by Jodi Lawrence and “Grandpa Told Me So: by Kenny Chesney.
Musician was Jodi Lawrence.
Active bearers were Bryson Smith, Kaden Smith, Louden Main and Calvin Main.
Honorary bearers were Clifton Smith, Wiley Main, Dan Quick, Jeff Quick and Bruce Quick.
Additional family and friends too numerous to mention.
Burial was at the Redding Cemetery in Redding, IA.
Memorials in Bill’s name to be decided later.

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