William Joseph Quackenbush

William Joseph Quackenbush, known to most as Bill, died at home on Nov. 23 following a long illness.

He was born on May 5, 1935, in Paterson, New Jersey. His parents were William Frazer Quackenbush and Josephine Struble Quackenbush. He grew up in the small community of Butler, New Jersey. Following graduation from high school he was hired by Westinghouse Company as an apprentice and learned to be a machinist. He married Margaret Beam in 1955 and the first of their four children was born in 1956.

Due to his own health and his son’s health the family moved to California in 1957. They settled in La Mesa and for 13 years Bill worked as an inspector for Rohr and General Dynamics while attending college and law school. He opened his law practice in 1973 and practiced for 24 years until he retired in 1997.

He enjoyed camping and boating with his family on weekends and vacations. In 1975 he purchased eight acres on a hilltop in Julian and with the help of his four children began building a cabin retreat. This became his favorite weekend and vacation camp spot.

In 1984 he married Barbara Franklin Bayless and they bought a home together in Coronado, California. Following retirement they traveled extensively, including trips to England, Europe, Egypt and two trips to the Holy Land. Bill and Barbara so enjoyed their trips to Hawaii that Bill bought time shares at the Marriott on Kauai. They often hosted their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren there. Many weekends were spent at their cabin retreat in Julian and when it burned in the Cedar Fire in 2003, Bill took on the task of overseeing and doing much of the work to rebuild. In addition, in retirement, Bill worked for 20 years as a Senior Volunteer with the Coronado Police Department.

Bill was a lifelong Catholic who loved his faith and his church. He was a fourth degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He and Barbara were active members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Coronado and participated in the Ministry to Console( funeral ministry) for 15 years.

Family was always a priority for Bill and holiday celebrations always included all or some of their seven children, 11 grandchildren and now 12 great grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife Barbara; four children, William Quackenbush II, Diana Miralles, Gary Quackenbush and Wendy Campbell and three stepchildren, Beth Bayless Humphrey, Smoky Bayless, and Gregory Bayless. He has 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

There was a Mass of Resurrection at Sacred Heart Catholic Church followed by his burial at Holy Cross Cemetery on Nov. 30, 2021. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.

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