Ross W. Breckenkamp


Ross Wilbur Breckenkamp, age 86, of Quincy, died on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 12:59 pm at Bickford Cottage.

Ross was born on February 10, 1937, in Quincy, Illinois, the only child of Wilbur and Margaret Upschulte Breckenkamp. He married Mary Lou Peters on March 2, 1957 in Quincy. She preceded him in death on March 27, 2019.

Ross was a lifelong farmer in the Quincy area. He also served as a levee commissioner for the South Quincy Levee and Drainage district for many years. Ross never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone, and because of his lifelong passion for farming, the conversation would eventually turn to farming.

Ross enjoyed mushroom hunting and fishing. He and Mary Lou loved traveling, especially to the lakes of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Canada. They took many family trips to Canada to fish in the Great North Woods.

Ross is survived by his two sons, Bob (Diane) Breckenkamp and Don (Karen) Breckenkamp, both of Quincy; four grandchildren, Brian (Jennifer) Breckenkamp of Quincy, Brandon (Alicia) Breckenkamp of Quincy, Ann (Deian) Stefan of San Diego, CA, and Michael (Erica) Breckenkamp of Quincy; nine great-grandchildren, Eva, Calvin, Cierra, Danilee, Elizza, Fealixx, Ross, Leo and Jack Breckenkamp; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, Mary Lou, Ross was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson, Zeke Breckenkamp.

The family would like to extend their gratitude and thanks for the excellent care given to Ross during his nine month stay at Bickford Cottage.

Services: A private graveside service will be held at Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Bickford Cottage or a charity of the donor’s choice. Memorial donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

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