John L. Quinn, age 86, a lifelong resident of Gladstone up until July 2021, when he moved to Kingsford with his beloved wife Donna to be near his daughter, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2023 at Promedica Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. Donna preceded him in death on September 22, 2022.
John was born April 21, 1936 in Escanaba, MI the son of Frank and Matilda (VanDamme) Quinn. He was a 1955 graduate of Gladstone High School where he was a standout athlete earning All U.P. Honors in basketball and All Conference Honors in football.
John worked for the Soo Line Railroad as a Brakeman/Conductor until his retirement. He was united in marriage to Donna King on May 18, 1965. He was a devout member of All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone. John loved to walk in the woods at camp, hunt, fish and especially icefish on Little Bay de Noc. He also enjoyed his weekly play in the All Saint’s Smear Club. When he wasn’t outside he liked watching anything sports related on the television.
In later years, John enjoyed family gatherings, rides in the country and trips to the casino with his wife.
John is survived by:
Daughter: Cheryl (Scott) Bray of Norway, MI
Son: Tim (Shannon) Quinn of Sheboygan, WI
4 Grandchildren: John Edwardsen and Gannon Bray of Norway, MI
Brandon and Alyshia Quinn of Sheboygan, WI
2 Sisters-in-law: Lois Quinn and Carole King
And numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his Parents and Wife, John is preceded in death by:
Brothers: Patrick, James, Thomas and Dennis Quinn
Sisters: Mary Mae Kasten, Alice Wiltzius, Theresa Pouliot, Francis Cowell and Ann Rose Daly.
Brothers and Sisters-in–law: Leona Quinn, Jane Quinn, Ralph Kasten, Ben Wiltzius, Marv Pouliot, Bob Daly, Julius, Edsil, Delore, Robert, Rodger, Harley, David, Madelyn, Arabelle, Lena, Audrey King and Elma Roberto.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 10:30 AM until Noon at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. A mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 12:30 PM at the All Saints Catholic Church. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. John will be laid to rest next to his wife in the Fernwood Cemetery in the Spring.
The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Quinn family.
Andrew Wiltzius - Kingsford, Mi
Dear Cheryl, Tim and family,
So sorry to hear about Uncle John passing away. He was a kind, quiet, humble man that we all could learn alot from. He will be missed, but we know he is now back with your Mom in heaven. Sorry we can’t be at the services to honor this fine man.
Andy and Brenda Wiltzius
Lisa & Don Marcellus - Gladstone, MI
So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He and Donna were the first to welcome us to the neighborhood when we moved here. We miss chatting with them over the back fence.
Tracy Quinn - Gladstone , Mi
Dear Tim and Cheryl,
Uncle John, the last of a great bunch. I’m sure he’s in heaven with Aunt Donna and all of his siblings enjoying a great reunion. Sorry we can’t be there for you. All of our love and prayers for peace and comfort.
Tracy and Buzz
Carolyn Dargevics - Oregon, WI
Your parents brought love and joy into my heart. I have fond memories of staying at their home as a young teenager while your dad was somewhere traveling on the train. I remember your mom hearing the train and commenting that John would be home soon. Ahhh, those memories are so precious and always warm my heart. Even though I feel sadness with our loss of such a loving, welcoming couple, I feel blessed to have been a part of their lives. I’ve experienced and share the hospitality of putting on a fresh pot of coffee and putting out a plate of cookies. And I have learned to check the level of mayonnaise in a jar before putting it in my cart.
I am sorry we won’t be able to be there in person to say goodbye to your dad, but our arms wrap you in virtual love and, hopefully, some comfort that your parents are now together again.
Love, Carolyn and Martin
Jim Quinn - CLEVELAND, WI
Dear Chery and Tim,
All good memories of your Mom and Dad. Whenever we stopped by it was like going home. They were a great couple.
Uncle John reminded me so much of my Dad. Would have come up, but we got a foot of snow yesterday. Wish you and
your families much love and good memories.
Jim and Patti Quinn family