Arthur C. Quance

November 11, 1925May 7, 2019

Arthur C. Quance was born on November 11, 1925 in Staples, Minnesota to Roy and Jessie (Young) Quance, the fourth living child and first birth his mother had a doctor attend. The family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota during Arthur’s high school years, and he graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in St. Paul. Shortly after graduation Arthur was drafted into the army and entered service on June 6, 1944 as a medic. Although he was in the army, he served aboard ships and made trips to Europe and Panama, transporting servicemen and family members. After his two years in the service, Arthur returned to academic life at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Arthur met Carol Magnuson at a church-related campmeeting the summer he was 14 years old. Over the next 10 years they kept in contact, and interestingly enough, spent every New Year’s together. On May 29, 1950 Arthur and Carol were married in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, with Arthur’s sister Arva serving as bridesmaid and his brother Merle as best man. The newlywed couple returned to Lincoln, Nebraska where Arthur finished is last year of college, graduating in May 1951 with a B.A. in English. Now as a high school English teacher, Arthur and Carol moved to Pender, Nebraska, where Arthur also served as a coach for the high school baseball team. During their time in Pender, their daughter, Deborah, was born. After Pender, Arthur also taught in Wahpeton, North Dakoka. In part due to conflicts between high school responsibilities and Sabbath observance, Arthur decided to change careers, and the family moved to Madison, Tennessee so he could pursue a B.S. in Nursing. In 1958 the family moved to Duluth, Minnesota, where Arthur completed the requirements to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He also taught a couple nursing classes during this time. While in Duluth in 1959, Arthur and Carol’s son, Derek, was born. Derek was a happy little boy who loved to ride his tricycle and always wanted his hands clean, just like Arthur. Shortly before his second birthday, Derek was hit by a car backing out of a driveway and died within the hour. That very same day, Arthur had accepted a job as anesthetist in Carol’s home town. Derek was buried in Ortonville, Minnesota next to Carol’s father, and Arthur, Carol and Debbi moved to Ortonville a month later. Arthur served as anesthetist and soon added hospital administrator, these days known as CEO, to his duties for the next 15 years. During these years, Arthur also served on the school board of Maplewood Academy, where Debbi attended high school. In 1976 Arthur and Carol moved to Gettysburg, South Dakota, where Arthur again was hospital administrator and anesthetist. After Arthur retired, he took up rug weaving at the local senior center. Over the years, he made rugs that won awards at the county fair, rugs that are in several family members’ homes, and one 49-foot rug for a Victorian home in Minneapolis. He was very meticulous in his rug making, as he was in everything he did. One year Arthur was honored to be sent on a World War II Veterans’ Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. As a World War II vet and with his birthday on Veteran’s Day, Arthur was quite often honored on Veteran’s Day in Gettysburg with the assembled crowd singing happy birthday to him. He was always able to fit into his World War II uniform. Arthur also was a great friend to a retired lawyer who he visited every day, and took to his medical appointments in Pierre and Rapid City. For many years, Arthur delivered or picked-up cars around South Dakota for the local car dealership, at one time even delivering brand new police cars to Pierre. In December 2018 Arthur and Carol moved to Loveland, Colorado to be closer to their daughter. Arthur was a life-long member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, often preaching in the small rural churches the family attended. Arthur is preceded in death by his son, Derek, parents, Roy and Jessie Quance, three brothers, Glenn, Harvey, and Merle Quance, and two sisters, Joy Beltz and Arva Quance. He is survived by his wife, Carol, daughter Debbi and son-in-law, Steve Lake, grandchildren AJ and wife Alicia Lake, Alex Lake, and Anjuli and husband Joshua Tenborg, and several nieces and nephews.


17 June

Graveside Service

2:30 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery

4400 W. Kenyon Ave
Denver, Colorado 80236


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David Rogers

May 22, 2019

Deepest sympathies from the Staff of Ortonville Area Health Services. Thank you for your service to our patients and community.

David Rogers

Rob Drew

May 17, 2019

My name is Rob Drew and I grew up two houses down from Arthur and Carol when I was in grade school and high school in Gettysburg, SD. There are so many memories I have of Arthur. I remember my brother and I shoveling their side walk and driveway. Arthur always took a moment to talk to me and we always talked sports and academics. When I came home from college he always took a few minutes to visit with me and I always looked forward to these visits and cherished them. He knew I was going into a medical profession, Athletic Training and Physical Therapy and he was always interested in my college classes. But the most proud moment I have is when Arthur and Carol were my adopted grandparents for a class I had in high school. I can't remember the class but I could not have been more proud of them doing this and they were always my adopted grandparents after this. When I moved to Iowa for physical therapy school and which is where I continue to reside in Iowa with my practice, I always asked my dad, Bob Drew, how the Quances were doing when I called home. I will always have these memories and will cherish them. I have met very few people that had as pure of heart and truly cared about others like Arthur did.

Shirlee Drew

May 17, 2019

Arthur was the kindest man always. Always had time for a conversation, and sincerely interested on how life was for you. I will forever remember his kind heart. He will be in my memory bank for many years.

Sarah Larson

May 16, 2019

I have the fondest memories of Arthur. I met him about a decade ago. Always eager to greet people with a warm smile and a handshake, he was the kindest person to run into. Arthur made sure he always asked about my kids and my career, genuinely interested in knowing all was well. I saw him shortly before he moved to CO this winter, and he never skipped a beat in knowing who I was and saying hello. I have been blessed to know such a kind and genuine soul.

Deb Pennington

May 10, 2019

When my mom married Arthur's brother Merle, I became a part of this wonderful family. Uncle Arthur & Aunt Carol would come almost every year to visit & stay next door to us in AZ for a few months during the winter. We so enjoyed having them here & looked forward to that time each year. We would go to church & out to eat, we played dominoes & card games (especially Skip-bo). Uncle Arthur, you will truly be missed. We love you!

Jeanette Brightwell

May 10, 2019

Debra and I met Arthur, Carol, and the family at a family reunion and felt the loving kinship of our cousins right away. Through Facebook and mail, we stayed in touch. Arthur kept us laughing at the reunion because of his adorable personality and performance. I am so happy we met the family.