Pastor Wayne V. Quibell
October 6, 1934 ~ February 6, 2023
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota
Services will be livestreamed here beginning at 1:45 PM Tuesday
Wayne Vearl Quibell peacefully passed away at his home on February 6th, 2023. As he took his last breath, he was surrounded by his three loving sons (Tom, Matt, and John) while in the care of Sanford Hospice.
Wayne was brought into the world on October 6th 1934 in Chicago, IL. to his parents John Vearl and Evelyn (Johnson) Quibell. The family soon moved back to the Johnson Family Farm in Svea Township, Kittson County (between Drayton ND and Kennedy, MN) where Wayne grew up. There he attended District 44 Elementary School and graduated from Kennedy High School. Following graduation, he headed off to Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis before transferring to Concordia College in Moorhead MN where he graduated in 1958 with degrees in English, Speech and Education. He then went on to teach English in Halstad MN for one year.
Wayne married Bobbi (Gertrude) Dryden on June 27th, 1959 in Drayton, ND. Together, they raised three sons: John, Matt, and Tom. Through Wayne and Bobbi’s interest in relief work with refugees, they shared their home with many people. Two of those very special people are Sabiha Davillier and Bilam Oliva Remirez who have been part of the family for over 30 years.
In the fall of 1959, Wayne attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul MN and later graduated in 1963. His first call as a pastor was to the dual parishes of Little Cedar Lutheran and Marshall Lutheran in Adams, MN where he served until 1976. Following this time, the family moved to Fargo ND, where Pastor Wayne served at Atonement Lutheran Church from 1976 to 1993. He accepted a call to be interim Pastor in Kindred, ND. in 1994 and went on to work with the LSS Refugee Resettlement Program until 1996. From then on, Wayne served a 3-point parish of Bethany Lutheran Church in McLeod ND., Zion Lutheran Church in rural Leonard ND., and Viking in rural Walcott ND. He also worked part time as protestant chaplain at CHI Riverview from 2000 to 2023. Over time, both Zion Lutheran and Viking chose to close down, but Wayne served in McLeod until 2023.
Wayne would’ve celebrated 60 years in ministry this year. His love to engage with people, his ability to display Jesus’ love and patience, and his willingness to meet people where they were at, endeared him to almost everyone he met.
When asked when he would retire, his response was “When I die”.
On January 7, 2023 Wayne learned that his organs were full of cancer. That same day, he wrote 2 letters of resignation and started the process to enter Hospice.
Wayne loved flowers, music and family. Although flowers may have been his interest, his skill was in growing weeds. As guests would stroll through his yard, you would often hear, “Those are mighty fine thistles you have there!”
The enjoyment of music was something he shared with his wife Bobbi, as they would lead their family in song and harmonize with each other in a captivating way. Besides his voice, Wayne never quite found an instrument that agreed with him, but he loved to attend jams with his grandchildren and listen to others play. He loved supporting his grandchildren with all of their interests whether it be music or attending sports events. His latest additions to the family, an English Cocker Spaniel named Sir Rylee Robin Dryden and black cat named Snowflake brought him much enjoyment. Rylee was always begging to ride shotgun whenever Wayne was driving, Wayne believed it was because of Rylee’s devoted love for him, others thought it had more to do with the McDonalds Sausage Biscuit Rylee would receive.
Wayne is survived by sons: John (Karen Trautman) of Fargo; Matt (Cindy Cossette) of Rochert, MN; and Tom of Fargo; grandchildren: Brandon, Lucas, Sydney, Tristan, and Ethan Quibell; his brother Douglas (June) Quibell of Drayton, ND; nephew Ray (Kristy) Quibell, Drayton, ND; and niece Jodi (Stu) Quibell, Grand Forks, ND and special friends, Ann Schluter and Todd Bachmeier.
Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbi (died June 20, 2013) and his parents, John Vearl and Evelyn Johnson.
Instead of flowers, the family encourages you to give a gift to Feed My Starving Children or charity of your choice.