Arthur “Bud” Merlin Quam

Friday, October 14, 2016 4:21 pm

Arthur “Bud” Merlin Quam, 90, of Decorah, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at the Hawkeye Care Center in Cresco. Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco, followed by burial in Lutheran Cemetery, Decorah. Friends may call Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of services. The Lindstrom Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Arthur “Bud” Merlin Quam was born Nov. 3, 1925, to Alfred C. and M. Remelia (Ramsey) Quam in a stone house in Glenwood Township of Winneshiek County. He attended the rural schools known as Tollefson School, Horgan School and Melaas School. In 1936 his father and mother had a farm sale and the family moved to Decorah. Bud then attended east side grade school and Decorah High School, graduating in 1945. At that time Bud was working at the Coca Cola Bottling Plant in Decorah. Later, he was introduced to Roselyn Hanson by Charles Yarwood, a relative of Roselyn. He married Roselyn Hanson at the Hauge Lutheran church in Canoe Township Oct. 7, 1951. Bud also worked for Standard Oil Company in Decorah. While working for M & M Feed Company the family moved to Stoughton, Wis. for a few years. After they returned to Decorah, he held several jobs including Orkin Pest control, Lamberts Missouri Distributing Company of Chillicothe, Mo., Oneota Bowling Lanes, Decorah Meal Site; finally, he spent 15 years as a driver for Northeast Iowa Community Action. He retired July 31, 2001, at the age of 75. Early in his life Bud was a member of the Decorah Kilties Drum and Bugle Corp; later on when his son was a member of the Corp, Bud was president of the board of directors and played role in organizing their 50th anniversary. Bud and Roselyn enjoyed a busy and full life, they enjoyed raising their family, attending the activities of their children and grandchildren. They were long-time members of First Lutheran Church in Decorah.

Bud is survived by two children,Roxanne (Rodney L.) Zubrod of Cresco and Rodney Quam of Los Angeles, Calif.; two grandsons, Ramon and Reece Zubrod, both of Cresco; a sister, Alice “Toots” (Eddie) Macha; two brothers-in-law, Arlin Hanson and Willard (Verna) Hanson, all of Decorah; and many nieces and nephews.

Bud is preceded in death by parents; his wife, Roselyn, Jan. 1, 2016; three brothers: Milford Quam, Odin Quam, Arthur Melvin Quam (who died at birth); four sisters: Arlene Doubek, Ruby D’Oliveira, Marian Steele and Gladys Olson; Roselyn’s parents, Bennie and Velma Hanson; Roselyn’s brothers, Kenneth Hanson and Merlin Hanson.

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