Quick, William Emanuel
January 20, 1925 – November 4, 2016
Age 91 of Northfield, MN, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2016. He was born in St. Paul, MN, on January 20, 1925 to William and Estelle Quick, and graduated from White Bear Lake High School in 1944. He served in the US Army in the China, Burma, India Theater of WWII and was honorably discharged in 1945 after his parents were both killed in a car accident. He married Ruth (Linman) Quick on October 6, 1951. Ruth and Bill were married for 38 years and enjoyed life together with their two children, Amy (Roland) Hamborg and Tim (Julie) Quick. Ruth passed away in Toronto, Canada after receiving a lung transplant in 1988; too young, too soon. After having their home destroyed in the 1965 Fridley tornado, Bill moved his family to Northfield, MN, where he worked for 25 years as a purchasing agent at Sheldahl Company, retiring in 1992. He cherished his co-workers and the many friendships he made there. Sheldahl had many contracts with NASA and Bill’s signature is on a piece of NASA spacecraft that now rests on the surface of Mars. In 1988, Amy and her family moved to Northfield to be closer to Bill where he spent the next 28 years sharing his love of nature and his kind, gentle spirit with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to read, and he never lost his zeal for learning. He was passionate about protecting the environment and gave generously to many organizations that saved children, whales, trees, gorillas, birds, and rivers. He wanted to leave the world as a better place for others. Bill is survived by his loving family including his children, his grandchildren Benjamin (Andrea) Hamborg, Joshua (Katie) Heaton, Joseph William Hamborg, Tessa Hamborg, and Payne, Dawson, and Reagan Quick, and his great-grandchildren Kaia and Gunnar Hamborg and Annelle Heaton. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ruth, and his sister, Marjorie Richards. A celebration of his life will be held graveside at Acacia Cemetery, in Mendota Heights, MN, on November 19, 2016 at 10:00 am. As for memorials, Bill would have wanted you to do something kind for someone or make a donation to a charity of your choice.