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Kent Quanbeck

January 28, 1930 ~ April 6, 2020 (age 90)

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Kent Burton Quanbeck, age 90, of McVille, ND, died Monday, April 6, 2020, at the NCHS Hospital in McVille.

Kent Quanbeck was born on January 28, 1930, in rural Nelson County, ND, to Ludvig and Emma (Gudim) Quanbeck. He attended elementary school in rural Nelson County, attended Oak Grove Lutheran High School, Fargo, ND, and graduated from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.

Kent married Mabel Danielson on November 8, 1952, at Christiania Lutheran Free Church near Farmington, MN. From 1953 to 1955, Kent and Mabel lived in Colorado Springs, CO, where Kent was in the U.S. Army. They returned to the Quanbeck family farm near McVille in 1955.  In addition to operating the dairy farm, Kent owned and operated Kent’s Farm Service which involved sales and service of Surge and Agromatic dairy and barn equipment.  He was also a representative for American Breeders Service.   

Kent was an active member of the community, serving as Nesheim Twp. Clerk and Chairman of the McVille Community Hospital Board.  He additionally served on the Board of Parish Education for the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations and on the New Luther Valley Lutheran Church Board of Deacons.  While church, his wife, and his family were his first priorities, he also enjoyed traveling, showing slides from trips taken with his family, Ford vehicles, IH tractors, the daily newspaper, and puzzles.  He had a deep appreciation for family history, as evidenced by a trip to Norway to see the family farm, his efforts to track down and mark the grave of his great-grandfather Sveinung Kvambekk, and his unyielding affection for the family farm in the Sheyenne River Valley just south of McVille.

Kent is survived by four daughters, Karen (David) Grandstrand, Orono, MN, Marlys (Warren) Swanson, Argyle, MN, Diane (Samuel) Grandstrand, Stephen, MN, and Janell (Kevin) Kukowski, Buford, GA, and two sons, Kenneth (Mary) Quanbeck, McVille, ND, and Glen (Angela) Quanbeck, Karlstad, MN; 24 grandchildren, Paul (Rachel) Grandstrand, Rachel (Emily) Gerhardt, Ana (Tyler) Kern, Julia (Tom) Swanson, Amelia Swanson, Ian (Michelle) Swanson, Elizabeth (Aaron) Redepenning, Joshua Swanson, Alexandra (James) Bowlin, Andrea (Luke) Borsvold, Philip (Kayla) Grandstrand, Laura (Jerry) Keenan, Jenna (Chris) Berglund, Scott (Ellen) Quanbeck, Jacob Quanbeck, Meghan Quanbeck, Ryan Quanbeck, Renee Quanbeck, Tiffany Quanbeck, Kyle Quanbeck, Zach Norberg, Sheyenne Norberg, Kaiser Kukowski, Kinsey Kukowski, and Kenady Kukowski; 13 great grandchildren, Harper Gerhardt, Lynden Gerhardt, Levi Kern, Charlotte Kern, Hazel Kern, Faith Swanson, Thomas Swanson, Micah Swanson, Alice Swanson, Stephen Redepenning, Lachlan Bowlin, Christopher Grandstrand, and Torsten Borsvold; one sister, Ardis (Gordon) Twedt, McHenry, ND, and one sister-in-law, Charlotte (the late Marvin) Quanbeck, McVille; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents; two brothers, Marvin Quanbeck and Lee Quanbeck; and one daughter, Laura Quanbeck.

Kent’s family is very thankful and appreciative of the special care that he received at NCHS Assisted Living and Hospital and also the kind support of many family and friends.

A graveside committal service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 1 p.m. at New Luther Valley Cemetery, McVille, ND.  The honorary casket bearers are Paul Grandstrand, Ian Swanson, Joshua Swanson, Philip Grandstrand, Scott Quanbeck, Jacob Quanbeck, Ryan Quanbeck, and Zachary Norberg.  

A memorial service with military honors will be held at a later date at New Luther Valley Lutheran Church, McVille, ND. 

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