Quinn P. Houlahan

Quinn Patrick Houlahan, 22, of rural Solon, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

A time celebrating Quinn’s life will be held from 2 to 5 pm Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the Celebration Farm @ 4996 Robbinwoods Lane NE, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Quinn’s memory that will honor his life for years to come.  To share a thought, memory or condolence please go to the funeral home website @ www.gayandciha.com.  Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Quinn’s family and his arrangements.

Quinn was born January 21, 1995, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Leah Marie (Knight)  and Joseph Matthew Schmidt and Bryan Patrick Houlahan.  He graduated from Solon High School with the Class of 2013, and was currently enrolled in the HVAC program at Kirkwood Community College, anticipating graduating in May.  Quinn was to start an internship with Modern Piping of Cedar Rapids in May after graduation.  He was excited and proud to be working towards becoming a member of the Local 125 Union of Plumbers and Steamfitters in Cedar Rapids as a Commercial Refrigerant Fitter.

To his family and many friends who knew Quinn, he was so much to so many. He mastered snow skiing as a young child from his grandfather; from tricks, to freestyle to teaching others, his passion of downhill skiing was such a part of him.  When he put his mind to something, he was not one to back down or change but one that persevered with intent, willing to listen, learn and excel, and humbled along the way.  He loved his dogs, motorcycles, bicycling, hiking, kayaking, and hunting for mushrooms, basically anything outdoors! Quinn was inquisitive, wanting to know why, always learning seeking more.  He was the one who knew when to stop, and the one that others would look to for advice, to confide in. Young in age, but a wise old soul to so many!

His family and friends were so important to him, they include his parents, Leah and Joe Schmidt and Bryan Houlahan; siblings, Autumn Houlahan (Scott Tesar), Adam Schmidt and Andy Schmidt (Bridget); grandparents, Lowell and Sharon Knight, Sandra Christensen, and Nancy Schmidt; aunts, Carmen Houlahan, Theresa Nosley (Kyle) and Angie Houlahan; cousins, Noah, Felicias, and Nathan; and so many other family members and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James P. Houlahan, and cousin, Elijah J. Mitchell.