In Memory of

Bill LeRoy Quist

June 27, 1951 - January 14, 2018
From: Kanawha, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Bill LeRoy Quist

Bill LeRoy Quist

Born: June 27, 1951
Died: January 14, 2018
Age: 66

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     Bill Leroy Quist, A.K.A Big Red to some of his childhood cohorts, was born June 27, 1951.  Bill grew up in Spencer Iowa with his brother Roger, sister Nancy, and cousins Tammy (Faulkner) Nighswonger and Jerry Faulkner.  Growing up, Bill ensured Carrol’s Bakery’s success by eating a lot of “Oh Boy’s!” Bill made sure people read the news by delivering the Des Moines Register.  In High School, he was a short order cook at the North Y, and Thurston’s, while pursuing a 2 year career as a High School wrestler.   Bill met the love of his life of 48 years when he was 18 at Stub’s House of Plenty, where he tried to bribe Marilyn Montag for a date with a $10 tip for a cup of coffee as she waited tables.  It must of worked, because they married on June 20, 1970.

      Bill and Marilyn have four children.  David (partner Ryan Lobdell), Jon, Jason (wife Christine), and Angie (partner Ron Tevis).  After a short career in law enforcement and moving around a bit from Ankeny to Colfax, to Milford, Bill and Marilyn settled back down in Spencer and Bill took a job working for the Spencer pack.  It is suspected Bill left law enforcement because he walked in on one too many females fighting each other in a bar.  Bill always said, “If you see two women fighting in a bar, don’t get in between ‘em!” 

     Bill eventually took a job at Eaton Corporation and was known to have a side job from time to time where he and Marilyn could afford to take his family camping, on fishing outings, vacations to Disney World, and the Black Hills, where many fine memories were made.   And of course, who can forget how he enjoyed his motorcycle.

     Bill was active in the Spencer Community. At one point leading the Knight’s of Columbus, being active in the Cub Scouts, and taking Tae Kwon Do with his children.

     After 23 years at Eaton Corp in Spencer, Bill transferred to Eaton in Belmond, where Bill and Marilyn settled in Kanawha Iowa on an acreage. Bill took a severance package at Eaton and continued to work at Winnebago, Serta, and then Graham Manufacturing before retiring.  Just like their dream went, they ended up on an acreage with a pool, and a horse barn, just in case they wanted horses.  They never did, they opted for cats instead.

     In retirement, Bill continued to enjoy the presence of his Grandchildren Chet, Madison, Zack, Amelia, Nellie, and Anna.   Bill loved working around his acreage.  Even after he lost his left leg from an aneurysm, he could be seen hopping up on his lawn mower and going at his chores like nobody’s business.  No…he didn’t let much get in the way when he was determined. 

     On January 14, 2018, Bill received an offer he couldn’t refuse, and there is a 200 percent certainty that he won’t be back.  Some of the perks of his new position includes visiting with friends and relatives who received the exclusive offer before him.  Surely, to have some great conversations with his Mother Colleen Quist (Smith) and his Father Earl, his Grandparents, Golda and Gerald Faulkner, and Lawrence and Etta Quist.  Among the perks, Bill also gets an unlimited Kentucky Fried Chicken buffet pass, and gets to eat all the Pecan Rolls without the worry of weight gain.  Oh…and he doesn’t have to play Canasta if he doesn’t want too!  There is a fair amount of certainty that as you are reading this, Bill is on a cruise ship in the Bahamas enjoying Rum Punch, and Smiling down on all of us, wanting us to enjoy life for all that it is…and all that it is not!

Memorial services will be held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer immediately following the memorial services.
Father William Schreiber
There will be no visitation.
"Ave Maria"
"Amazing Grace"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"Alleluia No. 1 (Fishel)
"In The Garden"
"You Are Mine"
"Quietly Peacefully"
"How Great Thou Art"

CANTOR: Char Faber
ORGANIST: Marianne Fuchsen


Friday, January 19, 2018 at 5:46 PM
“Many prayers for Mrs. Quist and her family and David”
- Phil and Linda Seely
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 8:28 AM
“So sorry to hear of Bill's passing, he will be missed by many friends & family. He was a very hard worker, friendly & always ready to handle whatever task given to him. May you hold all the memories close to your heart & know he's always near. God Bless.”
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:09 PM
“My sympathy to the entire Quist Family. I worked with Bill for several years at Eaton. Always enjoyed his good nature and humor. So sorry for your loss.”
- Doug Alger
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:55 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.”
- Todd and Heidi Smalley
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:25 PM
“Nancy, Jerry, Tammy & families, I am so very sorry for your loss.”
- Annie Golden
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 8:02 AM
“So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a classmate of mine. Please know that I am thinking of his family at this time.”
- Valerie Milton Westhoff
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9:09 PM
“Marilyn, so sorry to hear of Bill's passing, sending prayers your way.
- Ron Essick
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 3:19 PM
“Marilyn & Family sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you all.”
- Tammy Nighswonger
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 2:16 PM
“Marilyn & family, Gail & I send our Thoughts & Prayers to you all. Bill will be so greatly missed, besides being a great husband, father, he also was a amazing, older brother. Now he starts his next journey of life. It's not good-by, it's see you later sweet brother!!! ”
- Nancy A. Smith
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 1:30 PM
“Marilyn and family, We are so sadden to hear of Bill passing away! Our heart and prayers go out to each of you! ”
- Randy and Sande Geidl
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