Lawrence Quarders

Lawrence QuardersLawrence Quarders, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, a resident of Ridgecrest for more than 20 years, passed away on July 7, 2013, at his home.

He was 79 years old and a fraternal twin born in Wauwatosa, Wisc., on Jan. 28, 1934. He grew up in Wheeler, Wisc., then moved to Kenosha, Wisc., where he met his beloved wife Margaret.

He was proud to be an American, and served with honor in the United States Army during the Korean War. He made sure the U.S. flag was flying daily.

After his service in the Army, the family moved to Southern California where he owned a car repair shop, “Larry’s Garage,” for several years. He was a master mechanic who enjoyed working on cars or anything that needed fixing. He could take apart anything, from a toaster to a rocket ship and put it back together in working order.

He was an avid motorcycle fan and enjoyed riding his Indian Motorcycle whenever possible.

He was very active in his boys’ baseball years, helping to build the baseball fields and staffing the snack bar at Lambert Park in El Monte, Calif. As the kids grew older, he loved taking his boys camping out to the desert to ride dirt bikes and just having fun together as a family.

Shortly after moving to Ridge-crest, he joined the Kern County Citizen Service Unit, where he enjoyed driving the volunteer patrol car and keeping an extra eye on the area for the sheriffs. He achieved the role of captain during his 10 plus years of service volunteering with the CSU.

He had a secret passion for animals, making sure his sons did too by having dogs, cats and guinea pigs throughout his life. When they moved to Ridgecrest, they raised and nurtured desert tortoises for years.

Larry is survived by his loving wife Margaret to whom he was married for 62 years. They had four sons, and Gordon Quarders (Vicki) of San Diego and James Quarders of Ridgecrest survive him. His beloved sons Tim and Loren preceded him in death. He has 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren who all loved their Grandpa dearly.

He is also survived by his brother Dennis, sisters Jill, Geraldine and Barbara along with numerous nieces and nephews, all of Wisconsin.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, especially his loving family.

Submitted by the family of Lawrence Quarders

Story First Published: 2013-07-17