GF boxing legend Diddy Quesnell dies at 91

GF boxing legend Diddy Quesnell dies at 91 Click to Enlarge

Longtime Grand Forks boxing promoter Richard (Diddy) Quesnell died at home Monday. He was 91.

Quesnell told an interviewer in 1999 that he boxed in his first match in 1938 at the Grand Forks YMCA, which started a decades-long association with the sport.

For many years, Quesnell operated the Grand Forks gym known as Boxing, Inc., mentoring numerous young amateur boxers from the area, such as Virgil Hill and Harold Miller.

According to his online obituary, Quesnell was on Olympic boxing coaching staffs in Thailand, Germany and Canada, and was a scale master in numerous Olympic competitions. He also served with the 1996 Olympic team in Atlanta.

Throughout his career, Quesnell rubbed elbows with various boxing greats, including Muhammad Ali.

Quesnell was born July 14, 1926, in Crookston. He was raised and educated in Grand Forks and graduated from Central High School. Quesnell attended UND before entering the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

He returned to Grand Forks and worked for Great Northern Railway as a brakeman and conductor for 17 years.

Quesnell married Margaret Shaft on October 15, 1946. She died April 16, 1998.

Survivors include his children, Andrea (Gary) Seczko, Fargo, ND, Barbara (Jeff) Colby, Chaska, MN, Janet (Michael) Sherette, Grand Forks, ND, Beth (Peter) Bouley, Grand Forks and Raymond (Diane) Quesnell, Clive, IA; grandchildren, Brian Seczko, Amy miller, Laura Pitschka, Alexia Stein, John Colby, Jennie Colby, Scott Sherette, Carrie Huber, Katie Haas, Grant Bouley, Taryn Quesnell and Ryan Quesnell; 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; siblings, Roland Quesnell, Raymond Quesnell, Gerald Quesnell, Harris Quesnell, Lucille Kmetz, VeDrenia Kruse and Pearl Quesnell; grandson, Cory Bouley; great grandson, Gabriel Stein.

Visitation will be Friday, December 8, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM followed by the funeral service at 2:00 PM at Amundson Funeral Home of Grand Forks. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery of Grand Forks. Memorials are asked to be directed to the YMCA Partner of Youth Program.

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