Ruben Quenzer was local auto dealer
Ruben Quenzer, 88, formerly of Mobridge, passed away Dec. 1, 2013, in Lincoln, Neb.
Ruben was born on Dec. 19, 1924 to Jacob G. and Rose (Schmidt) Quenzer in Mound City. His early years were spent in the Herreid area. During the Depression, the family moved for a year to Oregon City, Ore., where Ruben graduated from the eighth grade before moving back to South Dakota.
Ruben served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. A Staff Sargent with the 4025th Signal Service Group stationed in Luzon, Philippines, Ruben supervised 26 carpenters. He received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the Victory Medal.
After the war, Ruben returned to South Dakota where he met his wife, DeLores M. Weigum. They were married on Sept. 5, 1948, in Mobridge. Ruben worked as a mechanic with Davidson Chevrolet and then owned the Texaco service station for seven years before returning to car sales. He became a partner at the Chevrolet dealership and in 1970 he and DeLores opened their own dealership, Quenzer Autoland, selling Buick, Pontiac, and GMC trucks.
Retiring from the auto business in 1994, Ruben and DeLores spent winters in Mesa, Ariz. They moved to Lincoln in 2008 to be near their daughter Linda (Lin) and family.
Ruben is survived by his wife, DeLores; daughter Linda and partner Barbara Baier and grandson Robert Quenzer Baier; brother, Ray (Miriam) Quenzer; sister, Lillian (Quenzer) Pudwill; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Second Baptist Church in Lincoln.
Condolences can be made with Aspen Cremation Service, www.aspenaftercare.com.