John E. "Jack" Quinn

John "Jack" Quinn, age 88, of Milesville, died December 13, 2007, at his home.

Mass of Christian burial was cekebrated Monday, December 17, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, Elliot Bierwagen, accompanist, and Glenn Parsons, vocalist. Lector was Missy Smith. Pallbearers were Martin Nelson, Don Schofield, Tom Barrett, Steve Pekron, Dick Hudson, Jerry Jones, Bob Berry, Mark Emerson and Pat O'Dea. Ushers were Jim Quinn and Eli Berry. Altar servers were Zane Pekron and Abby Carley.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

John Edward Quinn was born May 31, 1919, in Manila, SD, the son of Peter and Charlotte (Phalen) Quinn. Jack lived his entire life on Hudson Flat, was baptized in the Catholic Church and was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church of Milesville. Jack was married to Donna Nelson on June 22, 1955, in Philip.

Survivors include his wife, Donna, and their children, Pat and his wife, Carla, of Centennial, CO, and their children, Chris, Lindsay, and Deena; Janelle Smith of Bellevue, NE, and her daughter, Missy; Kathy Borkovec and her husband, Rick, of Rapid City and their children, Adam and Amber; Lori Bierwagen and her husband, Kevin, of Sioux Falls, and their children, Elliot and Alyssa; Tim and his wife, Lori, of Milesville, and their children, Josh and Kelton; and Brady Quinn of Newburgh, NY.

He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Berry of Mora, MN; two brothers, Leo and his wife, Joyce, of Rapid City, and Anthony Quinn of Rapid City; and many nieces and nephews. Also many cousins still in his father's native land of Ireland, especially cousin Emmet and family, who visited often and are a part of our close family.

Jack was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Quinn in 1978; his parents; and one sister, Margaret Quinn.

Jack trucked locally for over 50 years and also had a mechanic shop known as Jack's Shop. He was a strong community member, being involved in Knights of Columbus, Plum Creek School Board, Farmer's Union Board, and the Milesville Volunteer Fire Department.

Jack passed away December 13, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Nobody was a stranger to him, he liked to visit (no matter who it was with). Anyone who knew Jack, knew he could sit down and talk with anyone at any time or place. He was always a reader, a whiz at numbers and curious on how things worked. Dad was a spry Irishman who amazed us with his climbing up on the combine, granary and the horse until the last year of his life. We know he is now in heaven having a cup of coffee with God talking about trucking and farming.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com