Warren Quarnstrom

Warren Peter Quarnstrom

Monday, April 20th, 1925 - Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
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The funeral service for Warren Quarnstrom, 95, of Marshall will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. A livestream of the service will be available at A walk-through visitation will be Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service. Masks and social distancing state requirements will be observed. Military Honors provided by American Legion Post #113 will take place after the service outside the church. A private family interment will take place at a later date.

Warren Peter (W.P.) Quarnstrom was born on April 20, 1925, in Comfrey, MN. His family moved to Brewster, MN, where he attended school and graduated as Valedictorian in 1943. Upon graduation he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country through April 1946. After “winning the war,” he went on to graduate from Worthington Junior College, the University of Minnesota, and William Mitchell College of Law.

Warren married his high school sweetheart, Ardella Kraft, in November of 1950. They began their married life and started their family in Minneapolis. Warren attended law school at night while working and raising young kids. In June of 1955, Warren moved his young family to Marshall, MN, and began the practice of law. The Quarnstrom & Doering law firm was established in 1957 and continues to operate today. Warren retired in June of 2009 after 54 years of providing legal counsel.

Warren joined First Lutheran Church when he moved to Marshall and is a Past President of the congregation. He was active in civic organizations including the American Legion (74 years) and the Rotary Club of Marshall (62 years). He served on the Marshall School Board and when Chairman of the Board had the privilege of signing his daughter’s diploma.

Southwest Minnesota State University was a vision and passion of Warren’s. He was part of the committee that lobbied for the new university to be in Marshall. When Marshall was selected, he donated his legal talents to acquire the land where the university is located. He was a Past President of the SMSU Foundation and a founding member of the Mustang Booster Club and an active member since 1969. In recognition of his support for SMSU, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota State University System. The Alumni Board granted him Honorary Lifetime Membership.

Another passion of Warren’s was for high school and college sports. It would be impossible to know how many games he has attended. He was a fixture in the stands at basketball, football, and volleyball games. Post-game analysis with fellow fans was a highlight for him. He had a keen sense of statistics and would amaze others with his recollection of records, scores, and the names of individuals on teams with record losing streaks as well as State Champions. He was a past recipient of the Marshall Boys Basketball Fan of the Year Award, the Mustang Distinguished Service Award, and SMSU Athletic Hall of Honor.

A one-of-a-kind sense of humor was a great gift Warren shared with others. He loved to make subtle sarcastic remarks and wait to see if anyone took the bait. If someone thought he was making a serious comment, all the better. He never liked day light savings time because he had to stay up until 2:00 a.m. to change the clocks. There had to be a better time of day to make this change.

Warren died on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at the Prairie Home Hospice McLaughlin House in Marshall. Warren was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Helen Quarnstrom. He is survived by Ardella his loving wife of 69 years, children Tom of Saint Michael, MN, Jill (Bob) Beighley of Indian Wells, CA, and John (Connie) of Mahtomedi, MN, three grandchildren (Joe (Jess), Peter, and Mary) and two great-grandsons (Austin and Aiden).

Memorials preferred to the SMSU Foundation (Warren & Ardella Quarnstrom Endowed Scholarship Fund – Founders Hall, 1501 State Street, Marshall MN 56258), First Lutheran Church (100 Church St Marshall, MN 56258), or the charity of your choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    First Lutheran Church
    100 Church Street
    MARSHALL, MN 56258
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    First Lutheran Church
    100 Church Street
    MARSHALL, MN 56258
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  • Service

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 11:00am
    First Lutheran Church
    100 Church Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Livestream Funeral services will be available on First Lutheran website or on YouTube at
    Pastor Scott Fuller


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Mark and Jill Erickson

Posted at 09:27am
Tom, we are sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Please know we are thinking about you and all of your family. With sympathy and prayers, Mark and Jill (Dirckx) Erickson. 🙏🏻

Marcy Roelofs

Posted at 02:43pm
Sorry for your loss. Marcy Sletten Roelofs

Dale Bisbee

Posted at 03:17pm
We are very saddened to hear the news of Warren's passing. We remember the family in First English Lutheran Church most every Sunday. Warren also helped the Bisbee family out when we were trying to sell the house on A Street. Our sincere condolences to Ardelle and Family.
Dale and Debbie Bisbee

Dennis Christensen

Posted at 11:18am
We came to know Warren when his mother became friends with my mother at Hill Street. We appreciated the legal work Mr. Quarnstrom did for us, and enjoyed visiting with him about the U of M's Golden Gophers. You must have many good memories about this outstanding man. Our sympathy, Dennis and Marilyn Christensen

Frank Nielsen

Posted at 10:33pm
Warren and I were fellow members of the Lyon County Bar for more than a few years. He was a most capable lawyer and as fine a gentleman as you could find. Always had a good word when you would see him at a store, SMSU event, etc. One of the last of the "old time" attorneys in SW Minn. A role model for those in legal practice who wanted to be the best.

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