Ernest J. “E.J.” Quicksell



Ernest Jonathon “E.J.” Quicksell, 83, of Columbus, Indiana, passed from this life at 11:11 a.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

E.J. was born March 30, 1940, in Lexington, Kentucky, to the late Frank and Ruth Ellen Patton Quicksell. On July 2, 1985, in Campbell, Tennessee, E.J. married Gloria J. Brown Doty; she survives.

E.J. grew up in Jackson, Kentucky and he enjoyed sharing stories of growing up in the hills and hollers of Kentucky. Growing up in rural Kentucky provided E.J. with a great appreciation for banjo music, farming, westerns, and hunting wild game.

E.J. worked at the Golden Foundry in Columbus as a tow motor driver for 39 years until the foundry closed. E.J. never met a stranger and would inevitably see someone he knew anytime he was out. In his spare time when not working on his honey-do-list, E.J. could be found driving their water truck and filling swimming pools. E.J. was a good friend to many, attending the foundry breakfast with the guys, camping with Gloria and their friends and finding a good buy at an auction brought him much joy. E.J. enjoyed membership at Columbus Moose Lodge No. 398.

Along with being a great friend, E.J. was a proud papaw to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Papaw could always be found in his barn tinkering with something for the kids and fixing whatever got damaged. Papaw never turned down an ice cream run and was even known to let the great-grands drive his golf cart resulting in him getting tossed off and left in the dust. Vacationing was thoroughly enjoyed by E.J., a trip with friends , family or even just he and Gloria were sure to be filled with laughter and memories. E.J. especially loved visiting the ocean and a cruise ship with a good buffet.

E.J. will be greatly missed by those who knew him and loved him.

E.J. is survived by his wife of 38 years, Gloria; children, Tina (Jeff) Minier of Monticello, Linda Meek of Columbus and Tracey (Tammy) Meek of Columbus; grandchildren, Ryan (Misty) Meek of North Vernon, Kelly Ottinger of Monticello, Megan (Jake) Reiff of Monticello, Teah (Cameron) Hardwick of Columbus, Eric McClintic of Columbus and Jacob Grist of Monticello; great-grandchildren, Coleman, Cabella, Blaine, Emma, Braelyn, Paisley and J.D.; half-sister, Eva Faye of Versailles; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

E.J. was preceded in death by his parents; son, Bryan Brown; brothers, James, Merle, Wasson and Alexander Collins and James Franklin Quicksell; sisters, Grace Fahr and Cheslie Parr; and a great-granddaughter, Charlotte.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 6, 2023, at Barkes, Weaver &Glick Funeral Home, 1029 Washington Street in Columbus; the Reverend Robert E. Lay will officiate. The funeral service will live stream at

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 1-4 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. until service time Monday.

Mr. Quicksell will be laid to rest at the Azalia Methodist Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbus Salvation Army Food Pantry.

Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family and a video tribute may be seen at

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