William “Buzz” Quick
Saturday, September 18, 1937
Date of Death:
Friday, February 14, 2020
82 years old
William “Buzz” Quick
William “Buzz” Francis Quick, age 82, of Rochester, MN passed away peacefully at his home on February 14, 2020.
Buzz was born September 18, 1937 at home near Pine Island, MN to Francis and Alla Ann (Keane) Quick. He graduated from Pine Island High School in 1955 as Salutatorian. He then attended the University of Minnesota – Institute of Agriculture for two years. Buzz also served in the National Guard and the Reserves.
On February 5, 1966, Buzz married Jean Martin at St. Francis Catholic Church. They made their home in Rochester and had two daughters. They were divorced in 1990. In 2001 Buzz met Pam Pickett and they have been together ever since.
Buzz was a self-made man from farmer to construction owner. He worked for Leon Joyce, and Sullivan Construction. Buzz started Shamrock Enterprises and Road Constructors in 1976 along with Carrol Kelley, Michael Wenzel, and Sharon Lowe. At one time he employed 180 people and did many projects in Rochester and Southeastern Minnesota. Buzz thought of many of his employees as family. He loved numbers, bidding jobs, and running the business. He especially liked when he was able to get out of the office to the construction sites to work and run dozer. Buzz sold his business in 2010 and enjoyed going to Florida, the river (Pioneer Club), and being with friends and family.
Buzz is survived by his two daughters, Kelly (Jared) Allen of Eyota, and Angela (Robert) Roche of Rochester; longtime companion, Pam Pickett; six grandchildren, Cody (Sarah) Allen of Eyota, Cassidy (Alex Haynes) Allen of Eyota, Kennedy Allen of Eyota, Chris (Polly) Roche of Rosemount, Ben (Ashley) Roche of Rochester, and Reagan Roche of Rochester; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary (Dave) Andrist of Pine Island, MN, Jo Anne (Robert) Crawford of Mesa, AZ, and Theresa Evans of Winona, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Patrick Quick.
The memorial service for Buzz will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester with Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. The visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 in the River Park Chapel.
Memorials given to the family will be donated to Parkinson’s Disease research or you are welcome to make a donation to the charity of your choice.
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My sympathy to Kelly, Angela & family.
Buzz was a longtime friend & customer. I am unable to attend the funeral as I am spending the winter in Phoenix.
Loren Anna Andrew and I would like to say sorry for your loss Kelly and family. Prayers for you all. Memories live in our hearts forever. The Theels
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Pam. Buzz was a great and strong neighbor, as are you. I'll always remember the many hours he spent on machinery, reworking the contours of our land, and how happy he seemed to be while up there. Your yard is a testament to the time and love you and he have spent making it so very beautiful. Hugs to you, Pam. Big hugs.
A great self-made man! His family is amazing. Good people! As my dad , Jim Paulson from Rochester Minnesota would say "How lucky we are to have known Buzz!"
Kelly, Angie, Pam, family and so many friends...my heartfelt thoughts and love r with you!! I'm in Florida but know I'm thinking of all of you as you grieve your loss of Buzz. He will be missed by so many!! I have wonderful memories of the times I got to spend with the family and being with our friends!! Much Love sent your way. Ginger
Dear Kelly and Angie, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.