Rev. Ronald C. Quay

Rev. Ronald C. Quay

AGE: 68 • Moline, ILL

Rev. Ronald C. Quay, 68, of Moline, Ill., died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at Trinity Rock Island, Ill. Ron was born Dec. 9, 1944 in Toledo, Ohio, a son of Chester and Betty Cullinan Quay. He met and married Marcy Doyle at Judson Baptist Church in New York City. They were married on Nov. 27, 1977. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967 from Judson College in Elgin, Ill. Ron earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. in 1970. He was ordained by the American Baptist Convention and served the Baptist City Society in New York City. He later served a church in Pennsylvania and then spent 10 years in the private sector working in human resources. While in Pennsylvania, he did post graduate studies in anthropology and sociology at Penn State University. Rev. Quay returned to the ministry and served as Pastor of First Baptist Church, Morristown, N.J. for 10 years. In 2002, he was called to his dream job as Executive Director of Churches United of the Quad-Cities Area. Rev. Quay was to have retired on Jan. 1, 2013.

Rev. Quay was a member of numerous civic and ecumenical organizations, including Progressive Clergy of the Quad Cities, Bridges of Faith, Interact Fellowship, Progressive Action for the Common Good of which he was past president and former board member, Yom HaShoah Committee of the Quad Cities, Pacem in Terres and Freedom Award Committee of St. Ambrose University, and also a member of most community clergy groups. He was a member and the moderator of First Baptist Church, Moline. Rev. Quay was a member of the Rock Island Kiwanis Club, the CommUniversity planning committee at St. Ambrose University and served several years as the co-host of "Faith Talks" a radio show produced by St. Ambrose University. He was involved in many other social action efforts and served in a number of other organizations. Rev. Quay felt that one of his primary goals and purposes was to advance interfaith dialogue, connection and understanding. Another of his focuses through Churches United was his efforts in dealing with hunger, homelessness and poverty.

He enjoyed vacationing at the ocean, but his greatest love was for his family and being a part of his sons' and grandchildren's activities.

Survivors include his wife, Marcy; sons, Daniel C. Quay and David M. Quay, both of Moline; grandchildren, Isaiah C. Quay, of New Jersey, Arianna M. Quay and DeSean C. Quay, both of Moline; a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Sandi Quay of Westland, Mich.; a niece; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation was Sunday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. A private funeral service was held Monday. A public Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Churches United of the Quad-Cities Area or given to the family for a memorial to be designated later. Online condolences may be left at

Published in Daily Record on Jan. 1, 2013