Milo Quinnell

Milo Quinnell

  • Funeral Date: 1/13/17
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 A.M.
  • Date of Birth: 7/18/28
  • Date of Death: 1/05/17
  • Funeral Location: St. John's Lutheran Church - Northfield

Milo Quinnell, age 88 of Northfield, passed away peacefully with his wife and family by his side on Thursday morning, January 5, 2017, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Milo Jennings Quinnell was born July 18, 1928, in Mahnomen, Minnesota, to William and Verna (Peppel) Quinnell. In 1936, as a child he moved with his family to their family farm at Union Lake. He attended country school and graduated from Northfield High School in 1947. During and following his education he worked with his father on the family farm. On June 24, 1950, Milo married Elouise Estrem at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. After marriage they lived in Little Chicago. In 1954, Milo enlisted in the US Army and served in the tank Battalion. Following his honorable discharge in 1956, they returned to the area and purchased a farm east of Northfield. Along with dairy farming, Milo worked several years as a carpenter for Boyum & Frana Construction. In 1987, he retired from dairy farming and in 1995 began working as a grounds keeper for the Northfield Golf Club, retiring in December 2008. Milo never lost his love for farming and was still actively helping his sons on the family farm.

Milo was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was a former member of Solor Lutheran Church in Webster where he was active in the choir. He was a member of the Rice County Gas and Steam Engine Club and the Northfield American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking, bowling, playing cards, dancing with Elouise and especially the time spent on the farm with family & friends. In later years, you could depend on him to drive up on his golf cart whenever equipment or farming matters were happening in the yard. He had a gentle, kind heart and always willing to help. We will greatly miss the warm greeting and friendly smile he gave at the door whenever family & friends stopped to visit.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Elouise; 6 children and their spouses: Keith (Annalise) of Northfield, Scott (Sandy) of Northfield, Marybeth (Kent) Harris of Mendota Heights, Craig (MaryAnnette) of Somerset, Wisconsin, Randy (Terri) of Lakeville, Michelle (Chad) Weed of Farmington; 12 grandchildren: Bill (Carrie) Quinnell, Melissa (Aaron) Little, Ashley Quinnell (Justin Zittel), Michael (Sarah) Quinnell, Dan (Ashley) Quinnell, Anastacia Bouillez (Ryan Luckman), Madeline Harris, Jack Harris, Raina Quinnell, Garrett Quinnell, Adam Weed and Connor Weed; 11 great-grandchildren: Ava, Nate, Brody, Ali, Taylor, Kyle, Riley, Caleb, Jordan, Jude and Aden; his brother, Larry (Deb) of Belle Plaine; his sister, Sedona Miller of Hutchinson; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandson David, his parents, and his brother-in-law John Miller.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Friday, January 13, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. Military Honors will be in held at the church directly after the service. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers are his great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 3-7PM Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield.

Memorials preferred to the VA Medical Center or St. John’s Lutheran Church, Northfield, MN.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


  1. Sue and Kevin Monnens

    Elouise and family. Our condolences. Hugs and prayers to you all.

  2. Sue Peterson Wilberts

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Milo, a “Wall Street Road” farmer and neighbor to my parents Burton and Helen Peterson. Wall Street was a great place to grow up. My sincere condolences to Eloise and the entire family.

  3. Carole Dust

    Thinking of you all in the loss of your fine father and husband. I have many fond memories of those Wall Street days gone by. With deepest sympathy.
    Carole (Warner) Dust

  4. Michelle M. Hughes

    Michelle Hughes (granddaughter of Roman and Mabel Lamberty)

  5. Renee Arneson Fredrickson

    I was sorry to hear that Milo passed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have many good memories when your family would be out at Gordy’s.

  6. Mark Lamberty

    So sorry to learn of Milo’s passing. He has always been a genuinely nice guy to be around and he (with some help from the cows) maintained a fine softball field/pasture for us Wall Street Road kids used to enjoy.
    A member of the greatest generation and one of the reasons they are!

  7. Kristin Harner

    We are so sorry to hear of Milo’s passing. We greatly appreciated his smile and will treasure our conversations. We will miss him as our neighbor.

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