Harlan Quenzer, 69, of Mitchell, SD died Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Firesteel Healthcare Center under the care of Avera Hospice in Mitchell. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, May 23, at the Downtown First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM on Wednesday at the Downtown First United Methodist Church with a prayer service at 6:30 PM.
Harlan Quenzer was born July 20, 1949, in Eureka, SD to George and Anna (Kusler) Quenzer. He was raised and graduated from the Herreid, SD schools. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 1972 with a civil engineering degree. On September 5, 1969, he married Janice (Jan) Bertsch in Eureka, SD. He began his career with Stellner Engineering in Aberdeen, SD and the South Dakota State Department of Environment Protection in Pierre, SD. Harlan worked as a project engineer responsible for design and project management of various water, sewer, street, and site design projects for his entire professional life. Harlan joined Schmucker, Paul & Nohr and Associates in 1977 where he later served as an owner and officer until August 1, 2016, when he retired. During his time with SPN, he oversaw the organization’s operations and management of two offices and 34 employees. Throughout his career, Harlan has been actively involved in industry-specific and civic organizations. He has been a member of the board of directors and an officer for the South Dakota Water Pollution Control Federation, the South Dakota Section of the American Water Works Association and the South Dakota Water & Wastewater Association. He also served as president of the America Council of Engineering Companies of South Dakota and represented South Dakota as a national director of the American Council of Engineering Companies. Harlan was active in local affairs serving on the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board, the Mitchell Technical Institute Architectural Drafting and Building Trades Advisory committee, the South Dakota Railroad Board, the City of Mitchell Planning Commission and in many other civic organizations such as the Mitchell Exchange Club and Abbott House Board. He was an active member of the Downtown First United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Jan, three children: Robert (Michelle Anthony) Quenzer of Sioux Falls, SD, Ann Quenzer of Boulder, CO, Mary (Ali) Ghaffari of Severna Park, MD, a brother Jerry (Bonnie) Quenzer of Pueblo, CO, three sisters: Phyllis Scheaffer of Herreid, SD, JoAnn (Don) Osterberg of West Fargo, ND, Jaci Quenzer of Sioux Falls, SD, five granddaughters and numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Wallace, a sister-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and six nieces and nephews.
A memorial fund is being established in Harlan’s name to the College of Civil Engineering at South Dakota State University. https://www.sdstatefoundation.org/give-now