Ed Marquardt Family Benefit Saturday, October 22


A benefit for the family of Ed Marquardt will be held on Saturday, October 22 at the Joliet Knights of Columbus.  It will start at 4:00 PM.  Tickets will be sold at the door for $20 and will include food and door prizes.  There will be a live auction at 6:00 PM.  There will also be a Halloween costume contest.


Knights of Columbus

1813 E. Cass St. (Route 30)

Joliet, Illinois 60433

Age 38 years, Ed Marquardt passed away Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Loyola Medical Center, Maywood of health complications. Born in Joliet and resided in Channahon. Employed by P.T. Ferro Co. Member of the Carpenter's Union Local 174, 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 4400, TriChevy and an active participant at Route 66 Raceway in the Pro E.T. Bracket Series. He was also an avid water skier. Ed is survived by his loving wife, Rachel Michelle (nee Evans) Marquardt and two children, Cody James and Tara Nichole. 


Friends Remember Ed Marquardt:

We all have shared great stories these last few days about our good friend Ed. Talking with Dave Kovach on Sunday (at the wake) he put it best "If you met Ed once you were his friend" Rest in Peace Ed.  -Bryan Lane

I was at Super Chevy down to the last 6 cars.  My car broke as I was frantically trying to get it fixed.  As luck would have it, I was paired up with Ed!!!  As they kept calling for me, Ed refused to move his car in staging lanes, waiting for me to get up there!  Finally, he had no choice but to take the bye run and as he sat under the tunnel waiting for them to pull him I came flying up there only to have Ed shut his car off and wait for me to get ready!! He did not have to do that and could’ve taken the easy win but that was not the kind of racer Ed was.  Thanks Ed, you will be missed!!  -Gary Giovengo

There wasn't a race where I would go meet Frank at the staging lane and drive pass the same end spot by the bleachers at Route 66 Raceway that I wouldn't see the Marquardt family (that bold blue color). Or as I drove in the pit area, I would see the family on the golf cart, including the dogs, to cheer on Ed. We should all save his spot this summer and keep his memory in our heart. His big smile and friendly wave will truly be missed by the Valencia family. xoxo  -Maureen Valencia

I met Ed working on Keith's el Camino in Rodney's garage. We were setting the valves on Keith's 454. I needed to turn the engine over, and was looking for a breaker bar. Ed politely said "move over" and grabbed the crank pulley with his bare hands. He spun the engine over with the spark plugs in it by hand. I thought man don't mess with that dude, he is so strong! I knew him for twenty years and never saw him use that strength on anything but that big block. RIP Ed we miss you!  -Bryan Lane

Going to miss you my friend. Always smiling and never had anything bad to say about anybody, you always could on count Ed for advice on your car and it always seemed he had the answer or knew someone that did. I think Ed knew everyone and anybody that ever met him instantly knew how great of a person he was.  -Jim Oliver

I was at Route 66 Raceway this morning. I walked around the pits and talked to many of Ed's friends. I saw how the spot where Ed parked the trailer for the bracket races was being saved with a sign that had Ed's picture. I want to say a special THANK YOU to Mel, Mike and all that were involved with this idea. You folks never cease to amaze me with your kindness and generosity to Ed and the Marquardt family. -Butch Marquardt

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