SIOUX FALLS — Richard (Dick) Quam, 74, of Sioux Falls and formerly of Huron succumbed to cancer at his home Friday, October 6, 2017.
He bravely faced the difficult fight of his final month. He was grateful for the comfort and care provided by his loving wife, daughters, and many others. His final days were spent peacefully at home, sharing special memories with family and many friends.
A memorial visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls Monday, October 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Richard Connell Quam was born April 21, 1943, in Aberdeen to Connell Benjamin and Esther Alma (Reber) Quam and has one sister Ann (Bob) Gay of Rosemount, Minn. Growing up he loved farming, track, and developed a lifelong passion for reading. He was a running back for Aberdeen Central, held several school and state track records, and hunted at the Sand Lake Refuge north of Aberdeen.
He served in the 82nd Airborne for two years and then attended South Dakota State University. Dick completed flight school in Denver and became a professional pilot. He instructed, flew life-flights and charters, and became a corporate pilot. He retired as NorthWestern Energy chief pilot in 2005.
He had four children with his first wife, Sandy (Schmidt): Jeff (Jana) of Sioux Falls, Christie (Mac) Case of Tucson, Ariz., Julie Buss of Hudson, Wisc., and Dan (Stacy) of Huron. Dick married Lois Judy on July 23, 1983. Dick and Lois inspired a love of travel with their grandchildren, taking each of them on their own special grandparent trip to the destination of their choice.
Dick was an avid bowler and his team was a three-time Huron City League of Champions winner. He and Lois golfed in couples tournaments at the local and state level for many years. He hunted and fished with his sons, grandchildren, and friends throughout his life. His family shared his love of gardening and the outdoors. One of his treasured experiences was the 2017 total solar eclipse he witnessed in Stapleton, Neb.
Dick was a lifelong member of the American Legion. A chance encounter with Robert Zimmerman during a camping trip as a young man led to his lifetime enjoyment of music. Dick spent his last evening with family, listening to his favorite Bob Dylan songs.
Dick’s loving family includes eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; in-laws; nieces; and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and half-siblings, Alene Maches, and Carroll Quam.
In lieu of flowers Dick requested donations be made to Huron Youth Bowling or Huron Public Library.