MARQUETTE, Mich. - Retired Marquette County Circuit Court Judge Edward A. Quinnell, age 80, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital with family at his side.
Born April 27, 1933 in Marquette, a son of George Campbell and Evelyn (Pace) Quinnell, Ed was raised in Marquette and graduated in1950 as Valedictorian from Graveraet High School. He then graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School with a law degree. Returning to Marquette, Ed went into private practice with his father in 1957, with the firm eventually becoming Quinnell, Quinnell and Heitman. He later accepted the position of Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney, which was a part-time position at the time. He balanced those duties with those of private practice from 1960 to 1971. For a short period of time, he served as a United States Bankruptcy Referee. He then returned to a full-time private law practice until 1974 when he was elected Circuit Court Judge, a position he held until 1998 when he retired from the bench. During his time on the bench, he also served several temporary assignments on the Michigan Court of Appeals. In 1999, Ed joined his son, Timothy Quinnell, at his law practice until his final retirement in 2005.
Ed's community involvements were varied and many. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, serving on the Marquette Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors where he was a charter member and past-president, a member of the Marquette Community Theater, and a member of the First Nighters Club. He was a musician in his own right, playing the bassoon in the symphony orchestra. Ed was a longtime member and past president of the Marquette Golf Club, a member of the scratch bowling league in the 1960s, and an avid bridge player. He was a member of the Democratic Party and actively supported many local, regional and national candidates throughout the years. His hobbies included golf, puttering around the house and billiards, where as a freshman at the University of Michigan, he won the 3-rail billiards championship.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Sandra; three sons, Steven E. Quinnell of Gulf Breeze, FL, Bruce A. (Lynn) Quinnell of Fayetteville, GA, and Timothy C. (Francella) Quinnell of Marquette; step-son, Richard T. Wester of Marquette; special niece and nephew, Amy (Andy) Harju of Marquette and Carl (Michele) Black of Manitowoc, WI; 11 grandchildren, Amanda (Joey) Wartenbe, Stephanie (Joe) Naylor, Scott Quinnell, Nicholas (Desiree) Leigh, Jeremy (Brandie) Leigh, Paul Quinnell, David (Jennifer) Quinnell, Zachary (Katie) Quinnell, Nicholas (Mallory) Quinnell, Jason Wester, and Brian Wester; 12 great- grandchildren with three more on the way; a sister, Marion Q. Hotchkiss of Kaneohe, Hawaii; a brother, George W. Quinnell of Fort Myers, FL; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ed was preceded in death by his parents.
Ed will be remembered for his kind personality, sense of humor, practical approach to life, and love of family, community, and public service. He was a tireless advocate for justice and sought to make the place where he lived and worked a better place. Now, the gavel falls, rest begins, and the duties and struggles of life are adjourned.
Ed will be interred at the Park Cemetery in a private ceremony. A celebration honoring his life will be held at the Marquette Golf Club on July 7, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com.