Kenneth E. Quick

Ken Quick Photo 001Kenneth Eugene Quick of Meridian, Idaho, and a former Moscow resident, died January 30, 2015. He was 83.

Ken was born October 12, 1931 at Claremore, Oklahoma to August K. and Opal B. Nelson Quick. He grew up, attended school and graduated from high school there in 1949. He then enrolled at Oklahoma State University before joining the U.S. Navy and traveled to Hawaii, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines. Following his discharge in 1954, he continued his education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry in 1960. He and Jane Watson were married on March 27, 1959 at Grove, OK.

Ken’s degree led him to work for the US Government for 30 years, retiring in 1983. That year he went to work for the University of Idaho as supervisor of the University’s Forest Nursery. He received the Outstanding Employee Award in 1990 and the Outstanding Continuing Education and Service Award in 1994, retiring from UI in 1996. While in Moscow, they were active members of the Moscow Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed bowling on several leagues throughout the years, golfing, mall walking and his “coffee clutches.”

They moved to Missoula, MT in 2001 where Ken was involved volunteering at St. Patrick’s Hospital and driving for the Meals on Wheels program for several years. In 2006 he received the Senior of the Year Award because of his dedication and commitment to service. In 2007, Ken received the Daily Points of Light Award with a Presidential Congratulatory letter. The award honors individuals and volunteer groups that have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in their communities.

Jane died in February of 2006. Ken moved to the Boise area about 3 years ago to be near his daughter and family.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Scott Schumacher of Meridian, a son, Kenney Quick of Kennewick, WA and granddaughters, Kylie and Madison Schumacher. He also leaves two sisters, Betty Damron of Russellville, Arkansas and Opal Kelly of Cameron, Missouri.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. A reception and luncheon will follow at the Moscow Nazarene Church Fellowship Hall.  A private burial will precede the service at the Moscow Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to any Hospice Organization or to the Cancer Society.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to



10 Responses to Kenneth E. Quick

  1. Kathryn Hungerford and All at Missoula Aging Services says:

    Dear Family and Friends,
    Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time and we are very sorry for your loss.
    Peace be with you,
    Kathryn and All
    Missoula Aging Services

  2. Renee Labrie-Shanks says:

    I’m so thankful I got to work with Ken. I worked with the Meals on Wheels program when he began volunteering and he stood out immediately, which says a lot because of all the wonderful people who volunteer for that program. We even had lunch at my office a couple of times so we could play cribbage. I’m really sad to hear he’s passed away, he was very special.

  3. Linda Jensen says:

    On an afternoon, it was common to see Ken at The Mall sitting near the clock tower drinking coffee. As I frequently took my mother there for an air-conditioned outing, we would join him and share pleasant conversations. Ken was a smart, kind and polite man.
    I was glad he was moving to be near family, but sad that he would no longer be a coffee-buddy.
    My condolences to his family.

  4. Jan & Roger Seewald says:

    I knew Ken through his work as a Meals on Wheels driver at Missoula Aging Services. Ken was the beneficiary of my mother-in-law’s hearing aids after she passed. He was so grateful for the gift of being able to hear again and never failed to thank me whenever he was in the office. He was a wonderful person to know. Our condolences to his family – Jan & Roger Seewald

  5. Jan & Roger Seewald says:

    I knew Ken through his work as a Meals on Wheels driver at Missoula Aging Services. Ken was the beneficiary of my Mother-in law’s hearing aids after she passed. He was so grateful for the gift of being able to hear again and never failed to thank me whenever he was in the office. He was a wonderful person. Our condolences to the family.

  6. Joyce B. Seamans says:

    I knew Ken and Jane when we lived in St. Maries, Idaho. Ken and my husband worked on the Calder Ranger District. I have many happy memories of time spent with them during those days. My condolences go to the family. May God Bless each of you. Joyce Seamans

  7. Mindi Hogan says:

    Ken was such a gentleman. I was lucky enough to know him for years, when I worked at St. Pats he would greet us in the halls as a volunteer and was a very dedicated Mended Hearts Member. My favorite times though were listening to his stories over coffee in the mall. He was so fond of his wife, the other friends he had in Missoula, and his forestry memories- especially volunteering at the University. They just don’t make him like Ken anymore. Lots of love to you all as I imagine you adored him as much as we did.

  8. Norma Kopperdahl says:

    “Dear Beth and Kenney.

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your father. He was such a great man. Very caring and kind, and always had a positive attitude no matter what. I’m sad that we weren’t able to get together for our steak dinner like we had planned. I enjoyed the few times we were able to get together for dinners in Missoula. Every Tuesday he would bring me Hershey’s miniature chocolates. He never missed a Tuesday that he was here. He will be greatly missed.”

  9. Linda Lampl says:

    Kenneth was my cousin and I’m so sorry for your loss Kenney. Last Oct. I came down from Alaska for a visit and took Kenneth and my dad to lunch and had a wonderful visit w/him. My dad (Willis Nelson) touched base w/him on a weekly basis and always spoke so highly of Kenneth and enjoyed sharing stories of family w/him. He will be missed, but we will see him again one day.

  10. Joann Salisbury says:

    Kenny and Beth, Our sincere sympathy to you in the loss of your dad. We pray that God’s presence will hold you secure during these difficult days. So sorry we couldn’t attend the service today. Prayers, Love, and hugs to you!

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