World War Two veteran Sgt. James Lavere Quickel
(USMC) was relieved of duty on September 8th, 2017. He was born on September 4th, 1927 to James Monroe
Quickel and Edna Marie (Cleaver) Forsythe in East Berlin, PA. James was married to Nadine R. (Sieg) Quickel
until she passed away May 25th, 1988.
James is survived by three sons, Bradley J. (Melissa) Quickel, Sanford
S. (Sandra) Quickel, and Anthony L. (Cynthia) Quickel. Along with his sons, he is survived by grandchildren Esther, Scott,
Ben, Shaun, and Anthony, as well as great grandchildren Daniel, Ziva, Zara and Isla. Also living are Molly and Leah Snyder,
who considered him Pappy Quickel.
James had a passion for mineralogy. His mineral collection, which ranks
among the best in the state of Pennsylvania, is on display at Bryn Mawr College. Among his other achievements
were being a champion rattlesnake competitor at such places as Morris, Sinnamahoning, and Cross Forks, PA. He
was a revered homing pigeon competitor in the 1950s and 1960s, when he won many competitions. For many years, James served
as a scoutmaster with Troop 85 in New Oxford, PA and was a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. His sons Bradley and Sanford
achieved the rank of Eagle and Life scouts respectively, for which he was very proud of both. His grandson
Anthony also went on to achieve the rank of Eagle.
James wore the title of United States Marine with
great pride. He was a combat veteran in China in 1946-47. In addition to his service in China, he was also stationed as a
radio operator in Guam. His memories of his service were happy, and he continued to be in contact with fellow servicemen until
they preceded him in death.
Whether it was racing motorcycles or hunting, he was happiest sharing time
with his sons Brad and Sandy. Their love of the outdoors formed a special bond over the years. He enjoyed
nothing more than spending time at Sandy’s cabin in Cameron County or during his many trips to visit Brad in Maine.
He had a great love for all three of his daughters-in-law and all of his grandchildren.
The family would
like to thank the staff of the Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the incredible job they did while James was
There will be no viewing or funeral. However, the family would like to
invite friends, relatives, and nursing staff to the Carlisle VFW at 2104 W. Trindle Road, Carlisle, PA on September 16th,
2017 from 2:00-4:00pm for a few hours of food and refreshments in order to celebrate the life of “THE
MARINE” JAMES L. QUICKEL. SEMPER FI! www.Since1853.com.