Herbert “Herb” Quandt, 90, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 29th in Danville, Indiana.
Herb was born on November 25, 1930 in Bruceville, Indiana to the late Omar and Mildred (Patterson) Quandt. Born during the Great Depression in 1930, Herb is one of 10 siblings in a very close family! Herb was a graduate of Arsenal Tech High School, where he lettered in Football as Captain of the Team and Wrestling as AAU State Champion. He attended Michigan State University on a wrestling scholarship. In 1952, he was deployed to Okinawa, Japan to serve in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Owning his first business with his brother Bud, a filling station at 30th and College at the age of 20, the sign out front read, “Never Fear, the Quandt’s Are Here.” A serial inventor, a regular “Walter Mitty”, Herb reveled in the opportunity to create a solution to any problem. He was an avid salesman and worked many years in the industrial material industry, supplying to Little Tyke toys, which made up most of our childhood toy collection. Herb worked through his 90th year at KIDS Custom Covers, a business he built in honor of his children. Herb enjoyed flipping houses and managing properties and was known to show up at his kids' houses with his toolbox ready to get to work. Hosting family and friends around the dinner table brought him more joy than we can count, always making a sandwich or a bourbon and coke for anyone who could come by. One of his most favored roles was Pop-Pop to his many grandchildren. The constant encourager, Herb's hype-game was unmatched in lifting our spirits, up to the very end. While he may not have made his goal of hitting 100 years old, we find comfort in knowing he loved who he loved with passion, compassion and a never-ending willingness to lend a hand.
Survivors include his children, Debbie Wilhelmus (Gary), Michael “Herb, Jr.” Quandt, Beth May (Steven), all of Kentucky, Kay Hickey (Ed) of California, Scott Quandt (Jenny) of Danville, Lindsay Quandt Obaji (Konye) of Carmel, Susannah Quandt (Chris) of Danville, Cassandra Quandt (Derrick) of Trafalgar, siblings, Bud Quandt, Betty Quandt Clark, Phillip Quandt, all of Florida, Shirley Q. Smith-Potter of North Carolina; like-a-son Adamir Rocha (Sylvia) of Indianapolis; 23 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. His parents, daughter, Jacqueline Quandt and siblings, Donald, Paul, John, William Quandt and Mary Quandt Averitt, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 2, 2021 in Baker Funeral Home, Danville, with burial and military honors to follow in the Danville South Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the service time in the funeral home. All are welcome at a celebration of life for Herb at 5:00 pm at 482 E. Broadway St. in Danville. Memorials may be given to the Jackie Quandt Leadership Fund, c/o the Hendricks County Community Foundation 6319 E U S Hwy 36 Ste 211 Avon, IN 46123. The family wishes to extend our sincere thank you to all the caregivers who helped shepherd Herb home.
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