After a courageous battle with cancer, James A. Quanstrom, 80,
of rural Galesburg died Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:01 a.m. with his family by his side.
He was born the youngest son of Bernard and Helga Quanstrom of Altona, IL. He married
Pamela Porter on July 16, 1960 in Galesburg. Jim is survived by his wife Pamela, 2
daughters, Kimberley and Kelly, granddaughter MacKenzie Lee, grandson Colby Lee,
son-in-law Kevin Lee and sister June Nickas. He was preceded in death by his parents and
his brother Jerry Quanstrom.
Jim joined the Galva National Guard in 1949. In February, 1952 he went to Camp Cook in
California and later that year to Kaiserslautern, Germany. His rank was Staff Sergeant.
After getting out of the army he was a plumbers helper and sheet metal worker. He
also carpentered for Bill Swanson of Altona. On February 22, 1956 he went to work for
Admiral and was there until his retirement on March 1, 1995.
He joined Altona Lodge #330 of the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons in 1955 and was
Master of the Lodge in 1960. He was a Master Mason for 57 years.
A life-long Boston Celtics fan, he particularly liked the teams with Dave Cowens. Larry
Bird was also a favorite. He was inducted to the inaugural ROWVA Hall of Fame in January
2012 in recognition of his athletic and basketball career for ROVA High School during the
A Celebration of life gathering will be held Thursday, August 2, 2012 from 6-7:30 PM at
the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Oneida, Illinois. A Masonic Service will be conducted
by the Altona Masonic Lodge #330 at 7:30 PM at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home. Military
Rites will be conducted by the Altona American Legion Post # 390 following the Masonic
Service at 7:30 PM. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to: Guardian
Angels Humane Society, P.O. Box 94, Galesburg, IL 60402. Online Condolences and Sympathy
Cards can be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com
Born: January 5, 1932
Death: July 29, 2012
Celebration of Life
Thursday August 2, 2012, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Hurd Hendricks Funeral
Thursday August 2, 2012, 7:30 PM at Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home
Thursday August 2, 2012, 7:45 PM at Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home
Memorial donations may be made to:
Guardian Angels Humane Society
PO Box 94
Galesburg, IL 61402
Care of: Cathy Marie White