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Kermit Quanbeck

Kermit L. Quanbeck, 83, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at the Sanford USD Medical Center.

Kermit Luther Quanbeck, son of Alfred and Barbara (Semeling) Quanbeck, was born on February 2, 1933, in McVille, ND. He grew up in McVille and received his education before completing his undergraduate at North Dakota State University. Kermit enlisted with the United States Navy in 1955 and served as a Engineering Duty Officer before being honorably discharged in 1959 and returning to North Dakota.

Kermit was united in marriage with Mary Wahler on February 21, 1959. Kermit returned to NDSU and received his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Kermit played varsity basketball and baseball and was known for his strikeout record. Kermit was a graduate assistant and coached freshman baseball before going to work with GE. He then went to work with Martin / Marietta Company in Denver and Tucson. He continued his career working in the Titan Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program and then the Apollo Program with North American Space and Information Systems. Kermit came to Sioux Falls, SD, in 1966 and began a career with Raven Industries. He continued there as Product and Manufacturing Manager until retiring in 1995 after 32 years of service. In retirement, Kermit taught at Colorado Technical Institute, Yankton, and Okoboji with the American Production Inventory Control Society before forming KLQ Consulting.

Kermit was a member of Peace Lutheran Church since 1975, the APICS, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Sigma National Honorary Mechanical Engineering Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honorary Society, the NRA, and was active in Ducks Unlimited.

Kermit believed in life-long learning and was always speed reading with a book at hand. He enjoyed hunting, sports, coin-collecting, his tools, and wildlife art. His family was extremely important to him and he sacrificed much to ensure their success. Kermit's sense of humor brought laughter to everyone around him.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Mary Quanbeck, Sioux Falls, SD; daughter Beth Hardy, Columbia, MO; sons Eric Quanbeck and his wife Renee, Sioux Falls, SD, Kyle Quanbeck, Sioux Falls, SD; brother Gordon Quanbeck, Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren Nathan & Kiersten Hardy, Ryan Jenet, Conner and Emily Quanbeck; and many other relatives and friends.

Kermit was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Betty Flaagan, a brother Vernon Quanbeck, and a son-in-law Bill Hardy.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at the Miller West Chapel, 6200 West 41st Street, Sioux Falls. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Peace Lutheran Church with burial at Hills of Rest Cemetery.
Published in The Argus Leader on Nov. 28, 2016
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