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Kenneth James Quick was born the February 17, 1931 to Carl and Fern (Jarvis) Quick at their home in Redding, IA. He was welcomed to the family by his three-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, MO. 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 four 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, IA.
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.
Services were held 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 2, 2021 at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Music was Jodi Lawrence “Amazing Grace”, Connie Lynch pre-recorded “Grandpa Tell Me About The Good Old Days” and Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely “I Love You A Bushel And A Peck”.
Masonic Rites by Faith Lodge # 179 A.F. and A.M.
Casketbearers were Brian Quick, Colton Quick, Austin Quick, Cliff Smith, Wiley Main and Berkley Davidson.
Honorary pallbearers were Rebecca Smith, Carrie Main, Ashton Quick, Alison Davidson, Morgan Quick, Mike Lynch, Steve Knapp, Dick Snethen, Tom Kelly and Eli Hochstetler.
Burial was at the Redding Cemetery in Redding, IA.
Memorials to the Redding Cemetery and EveryStep Hospice.

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