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Eugene Lillquist

Eugene H Lillquist

Monday, September 24th, 1945 - Thursday, August 13th, 2020
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Obituary

Eugene (Gene) Lillquist, 74, of Quincy, died at home on Thursday, August 13, 2020.

Pop was born on September 24, 1945 in Grand Coulee, WA to Edwin & Violet Lillquist. He was the youngest of 5 brothers earning him the nickname growing up of Baby Huey. His early years were spent in Grand Coulee, Skagit County, Soap Lake and George. He graduated from Quincy High School in 1965 and for the rest of his life was a proud member of the Class of 65. He married Elaine Nerpel, had 3 children and was married for 35 years. He worked many jobs in Quincy but finally settled at Celite.

Service and commitment to his community was the cornerstone of Pop’s life. He served the City of Quincy as a volunteer fire fighter and police reservist for over 20 years. His commitment to the youth of the Quincy Valley started early. While Pop graduated from Central in Art and Physical Education, that was not in the stars to be his career. He spent almost 60 years in the Scouting Program. Most of that time as a Scoutmaster and Asst. Scoutmaster. Over the years he helped nearly 25 boys to become Eagle Scouts. He had a great love for Jackrabbit Track and Field. He coached the throwing sports for over 15 years, guiding many kids to State. Wherever there was a need, Pop was there to lend a hand or a sympathetic ear.

Pop was preceded in death by his father Edwin Lillquist, mother Violet Nelles, stepfather Milton Nelles and brothers Lesley, Verlyn, Marvin and Raymond.

He is survived by this son Curtis (Cami) Lillquist of Wenatchee WA; daughter Greta (Jeff) Williams of Quincy, WA; son Corey (Meredith) Lillquist of Deer Park, WA and grandchildren; Caitlyn, Benjamin, Conner, Kensley, Caden and Kasen.

A small family graveside service was held at the Quincy Cemetery on August 20, 2020. He always wanted a big send off and when it is safe to do so we will hold a proper old-fashioned wake.

Pop, we know you never would say goodbye. So, See Ya.

Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com.
Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Private Family Graveside Service

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Quincy Valley Cemetery
    Address
    625 F Street SW
    QUINCY, WA 98848
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    Notes
    Services will be live streamed on Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel Facebook page. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/Scharbachs-Columbia-Funeral-Chapel Streaming will start approximately 5 minutes prior to service.
  • Interment

    Location
    Quincy Valley Cemetery
    Address
    625 F Street SW
    QUINCY, WA 98848
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  • Boy Scouts of America
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  • Fire Department Seal

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Steve Naigle

Posted at 11:57pm
I just heard of Gene's passing and am deeply saddened. I worked with Gene when he was scoutmaster of Troop 101. Gene was always upbeat and willing to help. Gene was a true man of character. The world lost a star but heaven gained an angel. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
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Larry Conner

Posted at 10:40am
Christmas has always been important to Gene but getting a Christmas card from Gene has always been important to me. I'm going to miss you old friend.
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Foss Miller

Posted at 02:07pm
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Gene. In high school we were competitors and friends. ( Even though I was at Eastmont and he at Quincy) More than once I was knocked flat trying to tackle Gene on the football field. It was like trying to tackle a tank. But it was on the track field throwing the javelin where Gene Lillquist changed the course of my life, for the better. It was at a track meet in Othello in 1965. Gene and I both had very good marks going into that meet. It promised to be an outstanding competition. And it was. Gene was an intense fierce competitor. He threw first, a very good throw. But I threw a bit farther, then Gene threw farther than that, then I threw farther , then Gene threw farther, and so it went, back and forth until we were out of throws. In the end I had won. When the final measurements were completed, Gene had pushed me to a new high school national record. And the trajectory of my life took a 180 degree turn. I have never forgotten Eugene Lillquist . He has lived in my heart and in my mind for all these years. God bless you Gene. Thank you for your inspiration!
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Ben and Sally Paramore

Posted at 11:37am
We are sad to hear of Gene's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. It was an awesome moment when he showed up at our house and shared that we were cousins. We enjoyed our visits and time together. We will miss our phone chats. You were truly a very special and caring person. Rest in peace. You are in Gods hands hunting and fishing in heaven with your family that has passed before you. Love Sally and Ben Paramore
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Tom and Lynne Snyder

Posted at 10:03am
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. No matter how old we are, it’s never easy to lose a parent. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family
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