Don Quick

Don Quick passed away peacefully on April 28.

Since 2011, Don lived at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. His beloved wife, Shirley, died in December 2019.

Cremation rights have been given, and burial for Don and Shirley will be at 4 p.m. June 23 in the Junction Twp. Cemetery, Grand Junction.

A celebration of Don and Shirley’s life will occur once friends and family can gather again at a time and place to be announced. If you are interested in attending or want to send the family a condolence, please visit

Don was born in Naper, Neb., on July 1, 1936, the son of Bert Quick Jr. and Violet (Fernau) Quick.

As a child, he lived briefly in Southern California and Butte, Neb. He graduated from Butte High School in 1955 and served his country stationed at March Air Force Base in Riverside, Calif.

He returned to school at 30 years old and graduated from Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., in 1969 with a bachelor of science degree. He married Shirley on June 2, 1956, in Butte.

Don was in business with his father from 1960-66. After college, Don worked as vice president for the Deshler Broom Factory in Deshler, Neb. He also managed a J.I. Case dealership in Mount Pleasant and worked for Case in Sioux City. He also owned and operated a bar at the Sioux City Stockyards called Quick’s Country.

Don, Shirley and Russell moved to Jefferson in 1983. 

In 1982, he was hired by Scranton Manufacturing as their national marketing manager. During his career, he influenced the company to switch from producing livestock and farm handling equipment to producing small garbage trucks for the burgeoning recycling market in the U.S. and internationally. He believed his legacy was helping to put Scranton Mfg. on the path to becoming a volume producer of garbage trucks. 

While working for Scranton, he was afforded the opportunity to travel to all of the lower 48 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, Spain and England, something which he considered the highlight of his life. 

After he retired from Scranton Mfg. in 1998, he delivered garbage trucks, worked as a health aid at the Greene County Medical Center and lived for a short time in Singapore.

Don was diagnosed with dementia in 2005 and eventually succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease.

Surviving Don are three sons: Michael, Russell, Joshua Schultz; and grandchildren Zachary, Abbygail, Hunter Mathieu and Elizabeth (Edgar) Corral.

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