William Quakenbush

William J. Quakenbush Jr.

Tuesday, March 31st, 1931 - Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
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William J. Quakenbush Jr., 89 of Wall Twp. passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. He was affectionately known to many as Mr. Q, Mr. Quackers, or just Bill.
Born in Asbury Park, he was a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore, residing mostly in Belmar and Manasquan before moving to Wall Twp. in November. He served in the NJ National Guard for 14 years.
He was dedicated to the Boro of Belmar, as was demonstrated by the many civic organizations in which he was active. He was a member of the Belmar Fire Department, Goodwill Hose Company for 68 years, serving as Chief for 3 years 1966, 1967, and 1968. He served in the Belmar First Aid Squad for 68 years, serving as President for 2 years and Treasurer for 38 years. He was a member of the Belmar Historical Society, the Manasquan Elks Lodge # 2534, and the former Ocean Lodge F&AM, Wall Twp. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Belmar Savings and Loan and Shadow Lawn Savings and Loan for many years.
Bill was the owner and operator of Quakenbush Getty Service which was founded by his father in 1929 and operated in Belmar for 54 years. After “retirement” he worked as a Bus Driver for Wall Township Public School for 30 years where he was known by all the sports teams for being on the sidelines, cheering them on. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Belmar for over 50 years and was a current member of the First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan.
He was very active in the Boy Scouts, serving for over 35 years with Troop 40, Belmar and Monmouth Council. He was a Forestburg Camp Commissioner and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver and Friends of Scouting Awards.
Predeceased by his parents William J. and Mildred Rice Quakenbush Sr. and his first wife Alice Fenton Quakenbush.
He will be greatly missed by his wife Jean Mulford Quakenbush, his 3 children, Lynn Davila, William J. Quakenbush,III, and John Quakenbush and wife Dana, all of Wall Twp., his 5 grandchildren Christopher Quakenbush and wife Kristin, Samantha Kennelly, Aidan, Grace, and Sophie Quakenbush, and Jean’s children, daughter Debbie Underhill and husband Henry, and son Morgan Mulford and their families.
Visitation on Sunday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35 at New Bedford Rd. Wall. {In keeping with current state mandates regarding Covid-19, face coverings must be worn by all visitors and will not be provided by the funeral home. Guests will be directed to briefly greet the family and exit the building immediately after this.}
A private Funeral Service followed by burial in Old Tennent Cemetery, Manalapan will be held on Monday, July 13, 2020.
In lieu of flowers the family specifically requests donations be made to either the Goodwill Hose Fire Company, 610 7th Ave., Belmar, NJ 07719, the Belmar First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 636, Belmar, NJ 07719, or the First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan, 16 Virginia Ave., Manasquan, NJ 08736
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, July 12th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
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  • Service

    Monday, July 13th, 2020 |
    Monday, July 13th, 2020
    All Services Are Private At The Request Of The Family
    Pastor Jim Dunson
  • Interment

    Old Tennent Cemetery
    454 Tennet Rd.
    TENNENT, NJ 07763
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Jim Ciallella

Posted at 06:15pm
We're grateful for Mr. Quakenbush's service to his community through the Boy Scouts. He helped craft 3 Ciallella boys to Eagle Scout. And, this is just one of the many things he did to serve others.

This country and world need less talk and more Bill Quakenbush'ing.

He's left a great legacy.

Jim (Jimmy) Ciallella

Stella Bishop

Posted at 04:05pm
So sorry to hear about Dad. Miss you all. Stella Bishop

Patricia O'Keefe

Posted at 04:48pm
Dear Jean and Family, All the members of the Belmar Historical Society were so sorry to hear about Bill. Bill and the Quakenbush Family have been loyal members of the BHS for many years. Bill also was a volunteer at the Belmar History Museum. We always loved when Bill was able to come to the Museum and help because he knew almost everyone in Belmar and was a great help putting names to faces in the old photograph collections. Bill contributed historical photos of the Quakenbush Getty Station which will remain in the Archives forever. We will miss him. Sincerely, Pat O'Keefe and all the Trustees of the Belmar Historical Society.

The Renshaw Family

Posted at 12:14pm
With loving memories of "William Quakenbush", or Mr. Q to us. He will always be in our hearts moving among the pines at FSR. Our prayers with you.
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Sidney Goldwyn

Posted at 10:55pm
For many years I was in the National Guard with Bill
We were both members of the Goodwill Fire Co,and Belmar First Aid Squad,both myself and my parent were customer of the service station, we shared comaradry for over 50 years.
My sincere sympathies the his whole family,I’m sure he will be missed.Rest In Peace Bill.

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