Kenneth Leon (Ken) Quickenden, ago 80 of Helena, died at Edgewood Senior Living in Helena, MT on May 6, 2019, following decline and complications due to Alzheimer's Disease.
Ken was born on March 22, 1939 in Lewistown, MT to Charles T. and Vlusta (Peggy) Quickenden. The family later moved to Great Falls, where Ken attended school, graduating from Great Falls High School in 1957. He then went on to Montana State University in Bozeman, graduating in 1961 with a BS degree in Zoology. He then returned to MSU for 2 more quarters, earning another BS degree in entomology (1962). While at MSU, Ken was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, Phi Sigma (Biological honorary), and ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps).
Ken served on active duty in the US Army Medical Service Corps as a preventive medicine officer for two years at Ft. Stewart, GA, Ft. Bragg, NC and Ft. Sam Houston, TX. Later on he served in the US Army Reserves, being honorably discharged as a Captain in July 1969.
Ken was awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation to pursue a Ph.D. in insect physiology and biochemistry from Montana State University, earning a doctorate degree in 1969. He then held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada for two years.
His professional career with the State of Montana began with his employment with the Montana Department of Health and Environmental Science in 1971 as a medical entomologist/vector control specialist. He retired after 30 + years. While there, he wrote numerous articles and publications, established mosquito control districts around the state, and served as a resource on diseases caused by insects. He was a member of The American Mosquito Control Association, The Entomological Society of America, and The Montana Environmental Health Association.
He married Sandra Pohlod on December 26, 1965. They were blessed with two daughters, Christine and Carolyn and years later three grandchildren.
Ken was an avid outdoorsman. He loved Montana with its ample recreational opportunities and quality of life. He was a successful hunter and fisherman. Later on, he enjoyed wildlife photography, camping in the trailer and boating. He also enjoyed reading Montana history, the game of golf, and working with and training Labrador retrievers.
His past memberships included Bill Roberts Golf Course, The National Rifle Association, The Wild Turkey Federation, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sandy, daughters, Christine (Joe) Washington of Alexandria, VA and Carolyn (Bryce) Schneider of Golden, CO; three grandchildren, Stella and Sophie Schneider and Alex Washington; brother, Mike (D' Ann) Quickenden of Rock Springs, WY and sister, Sandee (Mac) Main of Park Ridge, IL.
The family would like to thank the extraordinary staff at Edgewood and Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care for their kind and compassionate care.
A Memorial Service and celebration of Ken's life will be at 11:00 a.m on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave., in Helena with a reception to immediately follow in the social hall of the funeral home. Burial will be at the Montana Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison with full Military Honors. Memorials in Ken's name are suggested to the Lewis and Clark Humane Society, P.O. Box 4455, Helena, MT 59601 or Compassus Hospice, 1075 North Rodney St. Helena, MT 59601. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Ken. Thank you.