Lonnie “Boots” Eugene Quinn, 66 years of age, of Oxford
Celebration of Life Service for Lonnie “Boots” Quinn will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Oxford Golden Generation Center, in Oxford, Nebraska with Pastor Daren Popple officiating. A private family inurnment will be held prior to the service at the Oxford Cemetery at Oxford.
Due to health concerns, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic; current CDC and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for Faith-Based Services will be followed. The Quinn family sincerely encourages each person to make their decision whether to attend Boots’ services based on the best interest of your health, and that of your community. The service for Boots will be live-streamed on the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home’s Facebook page.
Lonnie “Boots” Eugene Quinn, 66 years of age, of Oxford, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at his home in Oxford. Boots was born on January 20, 1954, in Anchorage, Alaska, the second of four children, to Alonzo and Norma Jean (Mays) Quinn. He received his primary education from Edison Elementary School and later attended Oxford High School, where he graduated with the class of 1972. Boots pursued higher education and collegiate wrestling at Peru State and Kearney State Colleges. Boots worked as a conductor for BNSF Railroad, but he also found time to train racehorses.
On October 18, 1986, he married Bernice “Bernie” (Bunnell) Quinn and was blessed with four children: Revé, Brandon, Haley, and Chase.
Boots had many interests in life, starting with jockeying race horses at the tender age of 10. Although small in stature, he never backed down from a challenge, and one of the words always associated with Boots was “tough”. He loved things related to the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He had a talent for training race horses, but putting family first, he knew his railroad job had to be his primary focus.
A natural athlete, he excelled as a baseball catcher, an undersized football player, a wrestler, and a basketball player. Boots and Bernie loved watching the kids and grandkids play sports, and he gave them his “analysis” after each game. Having a great love for his family, he cherished any moments he had with his kids and grandkids. As he become older, the toughness was still there, but he displayed his soft side when it came to the grandkids. Boots loved connecting with people, and struck up conversations with strangers wherever he went. He was loved and will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by; his mother, Norma Jean Quinn; brother, Terry Quinn; and father-in-law, George H. Bunnell, Sr.
Boots is survived by; his wife, Bernie Quinn of Oxford; four children: Revé Fries and her husband, Michael of Alliance, Nebraska; Brandon Quinn of Oxford; Haley Booe and her husband, Jared of Oxford; and Chase Quinn and fiancé, Lacey Wilson of Oxford; 12 grandchildren: Aschen and Aniston; Jaden, Brianna, and Halle; Gage, Alivia, and Brooklyn; and Maycen, Emercen, Lawsyn, and Kannon Boots; father, Alonzo Quinn and his close friend, Eileen Kolbet of Hastings, Nebraska; sister, Tuwanna Hammond and her husband, Jerry of Oxford; brother, Rick Quinn and his wife, Lori of Grand Junction, Colorado; mother-in-law, Yvonne Bunnell of Oxford; three sisters-in-law: Loretta Broeker of Holdrege; Dolores Bunnell of Holdrege; and Denise Hoyt and her husband, Jeff of Granbury, Texas; brother-in-law, George H. Bunnell, Jr. and his wife, Karen of Oxford; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
There will be no Memorial Book Signing or visitation. The family has honored his wish for cremation.
A memorial has been established in Boots’ honor and kindly suggested to the Granada Theater; the Oxford Park and Recreation Association; the Cardinal Country Club; or the Oxford Ball Association.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.