Growing up on a farm in North Dakota, he was one of 9 children. He was father of nine, a teacher in a one room school house, a talented musician and singer, a devout Christian, and managed a Napa parts store for over 20 years in Waldport, OR.
He is survived by his wife Shellie of 50 years, Daughter LouAnn Johnson of Cavalier, ND, Son Fred Marquardt of Clear Lake, SD, Daughter Gaylene Webb of Deer Park, TX, Daughter, Beverly Forte of Tacoma, WA, Son, Keith Maruardt of MN, Son, Darle (Dee) Marquardt, Newport, OR, Daughter Christina Marquardt of Corvallis, OR and Daughter Jessica Ames of Yelm, WA. A son Ronald Marquardt preceded him in death. He has over 30 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Celebration of life will take place in July.