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“It was by chance that I looked up Bill Quenette on the Internet today and I was saddened to learn of his passing. I was a temmate of Bill and his...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Ed Krinsky

“Steve I'm so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with your family and you! ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Pam Robertson Cernik

“I can only but agree with all the above statements. May have been known as Coach Q, but as we all know He was much more than just a coach. Was a huge...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Pat Dew

“I am sorry for the loss you have experienced. My experience with Bill was as a young fan of the Spuds basketball teams...and I was also fortunate...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Dave Erickson

“My husband, Troy, and I both had Coach Q as a phy.ed. teacher at MHS. Troy got to know him as a basketball coach as well. A great teacher, a...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Fiona & Troy Brendemuhl

“With sympathy. '56: 3sport star, '57: my PhyEd Prof. Bill demoed each event, like pommel horse, call1st man: me, alphabetically. Bill organized...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: orvjudy@hotmail.com

“May the good Lord comfort you with his arms of love and help you through this time of mourning! Know that you are in our prayers and we send our...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Wendy Wahl

“I feel like I have known Bill, Andy and the Quenette kids my entire life. We were together at Spud games, Cobber games, nursery school and lots of...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Missy (Bjerke) Fee

“He will be missed! R I P Coach!! ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: Jerry Rodriguez

“I work at the Sanford Wound Clinic. I will miss William very much. I enjoyed chatting about golf, and many other sports with him. My thoughts and...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Kate Streifel

“Bill was a great coach and mentor for all of us. He'll be missed. May prayers of love surround you during this time. Brian and Kris Howland ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Brian Howland

“I hope angels need a coach and leader in heaven. Because one of the best ever has arrived. We, the athletes of Moorhead High will forever be in debt...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Scott Gnadt

“Beautiful video. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time! ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: The Dresser's

“Sorry about the death of Bill, he was the coach at Moorhead High that we went to see the basketball team being played. He left many memories for all....Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Elaine,Gene Halverson & family

“I just wanted to send my condolences to Andy and the whole Quenette family. Coach Q was a great coach and an even better person. He was a wonderful...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Brad Keenan

“Had to wipe a tear or two after reading Andy's moving obituary. Well done. I treasure that beautiful afternoon this past September visiting with...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Mark Streed

“Suzanne and Family, thinking of you during this very difficult time. He touched many lives.Karla (Syverson) Poisson Wildwood MO ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Karla (Syverson) Poisson

“so saddened to hear of bills passing i remember the night before your wedding andy...you and bill were dancing and the look of love on both your...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: eldora

“Sorry to hear of Bills passing. I was one of the lucky people who got to work with Bill and get to know him. I was the student manager of the...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Vincent GregorJamestown,ND

“So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was truly one of the good guys and a great coach and inspiration to his players.Bob and Lois Foster ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Robert Foster

“Andy, what a fitting tribute. HIs South River Court neighbors may have come late on the scene, but valued his friendship greatly. Peace be with you...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: David Kerssen

“I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Quenette's passing. He influenced my life in a positive way and I am grateful for having known him and his family. ...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Dave Hamlin


My Bill passed away on Feburary 28, 2013. He was the love of my life. Bill was born July 20, 1933 in Fargo, ND to William E. and Clara (Dalseg) Quenette. At 2 years of age the family moved to West Fargo, ND where he attended school and was a star athlete and school leader, graduating with the Packer class of 1951. That fall he entered Concordia College, Moorhead, at the urging of Jake Christiansen, starred in basketball and after two years he enlisted in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany, where he played basketball, baseball, and football for the 4th Division Special Troops. In 1955 he returned to Concordia where he was captain and stand out multi-sport athlete in baseball, football, and basketball. I met Bill in September of 1955 and what a handsome guy he was! We were engaged in December of 1955 and married August 19, 1956. Once Bill set his mind to something he wasted no time! Following graduation in 1957, Bill became a faculty member and coach at the college. In 1959 Bill and I, and our year old son, journeyed to Pullman, WA, where Bill earned his Master's Degree at Washington State University. We returned to Concordia in 1960. In 1962 he was recruited as the first basketball and baseball coach at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. In 1966 he was called to teach and coach basketball at Moorhead High School. He was head basketball coach from 1967-1982; also coaching baseball, girls basketball, football, and golf. He coached as a football assistant at Shanley HS and basketball assistant at Concordia. I loved every minute of being his number one cheerleader throughout 47 years of coaching! My Bill loved his family. He was a patient, humble man, proud of his teams (win or lose) and proud of the many awards he had received, the most recent being inducted into the Minnesota State High School Coaches Hall of Fame. Papa, as his grandkids called him, had a sense of humor appreciated by them, his coaching buddies, and sometimes by me! My Bill also loved golfing, fishing, traveling to the beaches of Washington and Oregon, watching son Mark coach, his grand-dog Q, talking old times with his coaching buddies Bolg, Rex, CR, and former players, but most of all being with his family at our many team celebrations. Coach Q is survived by me, his wife Andy of 56 years, David (Avis), Suzanne (Sam), Dr. Stephen (Nikki) and Mark. Grandchildren: Dakota, Madison, and Matthew. Brothers: Curtis (Jeanne) and Glen. Brother-in-law Rod Anderson, sister-in-law Sandy (Bill) Krebs, three nephews and his fun Norske cousins. His Godchildren: Sonja, Joel, Sandy, Kim (deceased), Jeff and Betsy, and special sweetheart Wendy! He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Bob Anderson, brother-in-law Jon Fraser, and niece Kim Quenette, many loved aunts and uncles, and his cobber buddies Sonny and Finn. My team and I are most grateful for the care given to Coach Q at Sanford's 3rd floor by the doctors, R.N's and aides this past year; also to Bolg, Rex, CR and "Miss Meritcare" for being good "coaches" to Q, encouraging him through the "game" he was fighting to win! God keep you my love, when I reach the age of 95 years I'll meet you on the 18th green in heaven. I love you more than jelly beans. Soli Deo Gloria. Hugs, Andy Memorial Gathering: Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 5 - 7 p.m., in Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead, MN. Memorial Service: Friday, March 8, 2013, at 1 p.m., in The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Moorhead, MN. Interment: Prairie Home Cemetery, Moorhead, MN.

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