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Richard Marquart


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Richard Marquart Obituary
Richard (Dick) L. Marquart passed away peacefully of Parkinson's Disease on Tuesday, June 14th at Prospect Park Living Center in Estes Park with family at his bedside. He was 92 years old. Dick was born in South Bend, Indiana on July 11, 1923 and one of six children of Harry and Edna Marquart. He served thirty-nine months in the U.S. Army Signal Corp during World War II with a two year assignment in the China, Burma and India theater. After his military discharge in 1946, Dick returned to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and graduated in 1949 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. A month after graduation with his Alpha Chi Rho roommate serving as best man, he married his college sweetheart, Jean Allen. He had proposed marriage to her on the banks of the Big Thompson River here in Estes Park. Dick started his work career in 1949 in South Bend, Indiana as a project engineer for Indiana Bell Telephone Company. In 1954 he took an assignment as a Plant Chief in Frankfort. In 1958 he transferred to Indianapolis and held various assignments, including a temporary stint at AT&T headquarters in New Jersey. Dick retired in 1983 as Manager of Personnel. Becoming restless after retirement, he worked briefly in the Ameritech Region for Northeast Electronics as a Sales Engineer. In Indianapolis, Dick was active in various service organizations, including the Elks and Kiwanis, as well as Toastmasters, his church, and the Indiana Bell Explorer scout program. Dick and Jean fulfilled their dream of moving to Estes Park in 1995 and Dick enjoyed his hobbies including golf, traveling the world, bridge and photography. He worked in the Estes Park AARP tax aid program for ten years preparing tax returns for seniors and low income taxpayers. For fourteen years, Dick and Jean were members of the Estes Park Ambassadors, a volunteer group devoted to assisting visitors to our area. Dick's love of Estes Park was demonstrated by his generous donation to the Estes Park Medical Center in March of 2013, helping fund the Jean Marquart Diagnostic Imaging Suite and allowing our community to enjoy the benefits of a state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanner. Dick was preceded in death by his wife Jean and their best friend Bonnie, their beloved Border Collie. He is survived by his daughters Carol and her husband Arthur Wallace of Tulsa Oklahoma, Nancy Spoolstra of Gardner Kansas, and son John and his wife Nancy of Fort Lauderdale, Florida along with numerous Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. The family will be holding a Memorial service in Estes Park at a later date. Donations may be made in Dick's name to in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Dick's family.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on June 22, 2016
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