Donald Quackenbush

Donald L. Quackenbush

Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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Donald L. Quackenbush, 90, of E. Syracuse, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born in Canajoharie the son of the late Allo and Hilda Quackenbush. After high school Donald proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. After serving in the military he earned his Associate's Degree from Alfred State.

Donald worked as an Account Manager for Nabisco until his retirement in 1989.

He was a member of the Fremont Lions Club, Korean War Veterans Association, a long time member of the Fayetteville United Methodist Church and Arrowhead Golf Course.

Donald enjoyed SU sports and was a long time season ticket holder. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is predeceased by his loving wife of 35 years Marilyn; sisters, Marilyn Foss and Jean Dillon.

Surviving are his daughters, Karen (Henry) Joncas, Kathy Quackenbush, Carol Szczygiel (Jim); son, Bill (Rainy) Quackenbush; grandchildren Mary and Michael Joncas, Lauren (Rob) Amuzzini, Lynn Szczygiel, Carolyn and Daniel L. Quackenbush; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Monday from 4-7 at R. H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel, 6530 Schepp’s Corners Rd. Minoa. A funeral service will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, 601 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY 13066.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to American Heart Association, Upstate NY Chapter, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y. 13220-3049.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    R. H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel
    6530 Schepp's Corners Road
    Minoa, New York 13116
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  • Service

    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 10:00am
    Fayetteville United Methodist Church
    601 E. Genesee Street
    Fayetteville, NY 13066
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Marie Oppedisano

Posted at 08:33am
Karen, Kathy, Katie and Billy,

I am so very, very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a most special, unique and wonderful man. I have so many memories of him, starting from when I became friends with Karen in 8th grade. What I most remember about him is that he was always welcoming and smiling and I can still see his infectious grin. He truly lived his life with joy. I remember visiting your house, all those high school and college years. I remember coming when Michelle was barely a toddler, when we were visiting from San Diego, to actually visit with your mother, as your father was working. I remember your parents at our wedding, and especially when we were taking pictures that windy, Autumn day – the smiles on their faces. I remember coming after many years away while living in San Diego and the first thing he does is bring me a gin and tonic! Hmmm – Karen what were we doing our college years when visiting your house? I remember (as Michelle does), coming to visit when Karen had Mary, and again on our way to a class reunion . . . and again when she had Michael . . . and seeing her at the State Fair – I randomly heard a voice and said, “That’s Karen Quackenbush!” and voila, there she was! (Michael, very young, so generously shared his potato with me as I wasn’t able to get one.) I remember randomly visiting the house when he was recuperating some years ago, and also speaking to him on the phone. I remember one time Jean Butensky and I drove into Syracuse together and we randomly stopped to visit Mr. Q. We had a great reunion. And I’m especially grateful that I was able to see him some months ago, when Kathy was there – as we had such a wonderful catching up while talking about the neighbors and our full and happy memories. He spoke with such pride about his children and grandchildren. He told me in detail about each and every one and showed me pictures. I contacted Karen over the holidays, to come up to say hello to your Dad, but it wasn’t a good day, which makes my memory of our last visits very special to me. I know this time, and this day, especially, are sad moments in your lives – losing him makes a hole in your heart. I hope as the days and weeks pass, the pain will ease a bit and that your memories of this great man, husband, father, grandfather and friend will carry you over the sad times and bring you joy as you remember him with fondness and love.

Karen Keast

Posted at 10:04am
Katie, sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your Dad. Mr. Q was an awesome guy and I'm so glad I got to see him those times I ran into you both at breakfast. I hope the days ahead get a little easier as you find comfort in all of the great memories. Take good care, Karen Keast

Phil Hausele

Posted at 03:06pm
Bill/Rainy and family - my heartfelt condolences to your and your family during this difficult time. We are praying God's peace, comfort, strength and blessing as you grieve the loss of your Dad, and in the days ahead.

Rich Hartung

Posted at 11:47am
Bill, Rainy and family. I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of your father.. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.. May you take solace in knowing that he is resting comfortably for all eternity. - Rich Hartung

david greene

Posted at 11:10am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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