John Anderson Quirk
Quirk, John Anderson

June 11, 1951 - April 11, 2021

He died at his home in Hastings, NE on April 11, 2021. John was born on June 11, 1951 in Hastings, and was the son of John P. and Helen (Anderson) Quirk. He attended Hastings Public Schools and graduated from Hastings High School in 1969. He then attended Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, where he graduated Magna cum Laude with a Degree in Economics in 1973.

After college, John returned to Hastings to serve as President of Quirk Land & Cattle Co., a position he held until his death. Quirk Land & Cattle Co. has operations in Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, and Arkansas. He was also a founding member and served as the Executive Secretary of the Amerifax Cattle Association, which served to promote the Amerifax breed (a cross between Angus and Beef Friesian).

He was an active member and officer of the board of directors of the Hastings Community Foundation and the Adams County Historical Society for more than 20 years, and was a founding member of the Ardyce Bohlke Torch Club. He also served on the Nebraska Rural Development Commission from 1991 to 2003 and was involved in numerous other statewide public service boards.

John was passionate about improving educational opportunities for others. He served on the school board for District 15 Elementary School from 1991 to 2007, and took great pride in integrating computers in the curriculum throughout the 1990s to keep the six-room school on the cutting edge of emerging technology. He also served on the Adams Central Schools Foundation from 2001 until his death.

John became active in politics in High School and remained involved throughout his life. He was the Treasurer of the Adams County Democrats for 44 years. And politics is what brought John and Deb Hardin together. In 1976, John was volunteering for the presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter, and Deb was working on a local city council campaign. She contacted him for advice in running the campaign. Both of their candidates won in the fall--hers by 7 votes. John and Deb were engaged on July 7, 1977, and were married in December of that year. Beyond his professional pursuits and community service, John enjoyed working in the yard around his childhood home near Heartwell Park, where he returned to live the final year of his life.

John is survived by his wife, Deb Hardin Quirk of Hastings; son, Andrew Robert (Rob) Quirk of Brooklyn, NY; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Quirk and James Anderson of Minneapolis, MN; sister-in-law, Su (Hardin) Ryden and her husband, Jerome Ryden of Aurora, CO; brother-in-law, Mike Hardin and his wife Margaret Hardin of Aurora, CO; and many nieces and nephews.

SERVICES will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, July 10, at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings, with Pastor Joel Remmers officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. DeWitt Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Hastings Community Foundation, or the Adams County Historical Society.

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Published by Omaha World-Herald on Apr. 18, 2021.
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First St. Pauls Lutheran Church
501 N Burlington, Hastings, Nebraska 68901
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