John R. “Jack” Quigley, 79, of Elliston, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Jack was born at St. Joseph’s hospital in Deer Lodge on Aug. 8, 1934, to John R. and Marguerite (Kirwan) Quigley. Jack, the oldest of three children, was reared in the Avon area. He attended grade school in Avon and high school in Helena. He married Janice Barton on March 17, 1953. Jack and Janice lived in the Avon and Elliston area, reared five children and divorced in 1968. Jack had a variety of jobs in his lifetime; he worked for his father at Frontier Town, was an airplane mechanic in Alaska, worked on the Great Northern Railroad and was an employee at the Elliston Lime Plant. A zealous personality made him a successful insurance salesman. In his later years while living in Arizona, Jack repaired, rebuilt and sold bicycles.
Jack was mechanically inclined, ingenious and creative in things he set his mind and hands to. Jack was very interested in solar energy and water-generated electricity. He built solar panels to harness the sun’s energy and heat the water in his home. He also used the stream on his property to generate electricity, charging the batteries that powered the lights in his home. Jack loved wildlife, outdoor adventures and the mountains and streams of Montana. Elk hunting was one of his favorite pastimes; he didn’t talk much about his hunting success, but if you rode along with Jack you always had a good story to tell! He enjoyed reading, and books were never far from his reach. His home was built with salvaged materials and decorated with collected antiques and artifacts. Like his father, Jack held a special appreciation and interest in family and early Montana history.
Those who have gone on before Jack are his mother, Marguerite; father, John; stepmother, Sue Quigley; brother, Peter Quigley; the mother of his children, Janice Keil; daughter, Anna Marie Quigley; and granddaughter, Chelsey Quigley; great-granddaughter, Maria Gregor.
Jack’s surviving relatives include sister, Kitty Ann (Quigley) Taaler, and her husband, Aavo, of Helena; half-brother, Eric Boehmer of Washington; children, Linda (Quigley) Moore and her husband, Steve, of Tulsa, Okla., John and Colleen Quigley of Elliston, Clyde and Peggy Quigley of Elliston, Robert and Chrissy Quigley of Elliston; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, Lance (Sarah) Schwabauer of Matamata, New Zealand, and their children, Caleb, Elisa and Kelly Jack, LeAnn (Michael) Harrison of Helena and their children, Seth, Bryceton, Isaiah and Jenna, John “J.R.” (Janny) Quigley of Helena and their children, Kylie, Joelle, Grace and John, Candace (Zach) Marshall of Helena and their children, Quinn, Serena and Asher, Philip Quigley of Elliston, Julia Quigley of Elliston and her children, Skyler and Gidian, Rylie Quigley of Helena, Garret Quigley of Bozeman, Jared Quigley of Elliston and Emily Quigley of Elliston; nieces, Taegan and Nicholette; nephew, Scott; and cousins, Jim, Sheila, Emmett, Kathy and Theresa.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A graveside service will follow at the Elliston Cemetery, with lunch being served at the Elliston School gymnasium. Memorials can be sent to the Elliston Cemetery Committee, P.O. Box 174, Elliston, MT 59728. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family condolences or to share a memory of Jack.