Earl C. Quillen, age 78, of Crystal River, Fla., passed away Friday evening, Oct. 4, 2013, at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River, Fla., with his two daughters at his side, where he had a very peaceful passing.
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He was born Jan. 28, 1935, in Ocean City, Md., to Denard and LaVerne (Moore) Quillen. He came here 26 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pa., where he retired after 30 years with U.S. Steel South Side Pittsburgh, Pa. After his retiring to Crystal River, he became an avid fisherman, a horseshoe hero and a shuffleboard enthusiast, where he spent many hours enjoying the game with great friends. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a former Pennsylvania constable, a member of the Crystal River Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 2013 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Crystal River.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Thelma Keller, Clara Bishop and Dorothy Andartes. He is survived by his five daughters, Leaette Cavaliere, Juanita Presutti and Jeanne Manko, all of Pittsburgh, Pa., Theresa McCraw of Little Elm, Texas, and Margie Gaul of Shreveport, La.; three brothers, Ralph, Clyde and Kenneth; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Strickland Funeral Home with Crematory Crystal River, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who wish may make a memorial contribution in Earl Quillen's name to the Crystal River Loyal Order of Moose for their special Children's Christmas Program.
Strickland Funeral Home
1901 South Highway 19
Crystal River, FL 34429
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Oct. 6, 2013