Edward William Quicksall (87) of Effingham

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Published on July 13 2013 2:24 pm

Edward William Quicksall, 87, of Effingham died Friday, July 12, 2013 in home.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 16 at 2pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Effingham with Pastor Thedore Gall officiating.  Visitation will be from 5-7pm Monday at Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham and Tuesday from 1 to 2pm at the church.  Burial will be in Stewardson Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran School or St. John's Lutheran Church.  Online condolences may be left by clicking here

He was born June 29, 1926 in rural Stewardson, the son of Joel Minor and Frieda Alma (Pardieck) Quicksall.  He was baptized on August 8, 1926 and confirmed on June 29, 1941 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sigel.  He attended the Wabash School in Big Spring Township in Shelby County through the 8th grade and then farmed with his father.

From 1950-1952, he served in the US Army, 24th Infantry, 13th Field Artillery Service Battery during the Korean War receiving the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He was stationed much of his time at the Hwachon Reservoir in what was then North Korea.  In addition, he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Camp Haugen, Japan, and Camp San Luis Obispo, California.

Following the war, he attended the Coyne Electrical and Television School of Chicago, and began his career as an electrician first at Garwood Industries in Mattoon, then working in the maintenance department of Norge, later purchased by Fedders, from 1955 through 1988.  He married Eileen Meta Muller on September 22, 1963 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stewardson.  Throughout his retirement, he remained active with farming, operating two apartment buildings, woodworking, genealogy, interpreting and writing on local history, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Eileen Quicksall of Effingham...one son, Larry Quicksall and wife Dawn of Effingham...sister, Irene Latch of rural Stewardson along with one nephew and four nieces...grandchildren, Aaron Quicksall and Jessica Quicksall of Effingham...step-grandchildren, Jennifer Rodman, Andrew Burgholzer, and Stephanie Burgholzer, all of Effingham...eight great-grandchildren...and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law.