Isaac "Ike" Eugene Quintero was born on September 26, 1955 and was welcomed home in God's arms on Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa.
For over 26 years, Ike lived at REM and lived with his dearest friends, Ray, David and Duke. Ike was employed by Cass Inc. and REM Iowa Development Services until June 2012 when he retired due to his health and moved to Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center. Ike participated in Special Olympics bowling for several years and his proudest moment was when he qualified for state in 2010. At home Ike enjoyed writing songs, crossword puzzles, receiving mail from his family and sharing his constant sense of humor with the staff. He spent his Saturdays in the fall watching the Oklahoma Sooner football games on television and his once a year trip to Ames to an Iowa State University football game. One of his happiest moments was when he went to watch the Iowa State Cyclone/Oklahoma Sooner football game in 2003. Ike looked forward to attending camp every summer except the one year he went to Branson with his friends and staff. He loved listening to Elvis and then watching Elvis movies and his all time favorite movie was "Dirty Dancing". Ike was involved with community functions as much as possible including attending church every Sunday with Bruce and Lois Yarger at the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, going to Atlantic High School football games and the Cass County Fair to name just a few. Ike will always be remembered for his one of a kind smile, his contagious laugh, and his enthusiasm for life and his love for music and dancing. Looking back on his life, Ike had the time of his life.
In 1999, Ike received a birthday card from his mom that stated, "Forty-four years ago you came to me so tender, so helpless, so tiny, but so deserving of love, devotion and care. I did what I could then.....life did the rest. Love, Mom". As much as Ike enjoyed his life in Atlantic, he longed for the day when he could be united with his mother and the rest of his family. As the song states, "dreams do come true". Ike will finally be united with his family.
Ike is survived by his mother, Maria Quintero deCerdo; brothers, Raul (Alise) Cerda, Gilbert (Melinda) Cerda, and Edwardo (Karina) Cerda; three nieces and four nephews; his roommates David Massie, Ray Kidd and Duke Wright.