Frederick Milford "Fred" McQueary
Frederick Milford McQueary passed away peacefully in his home on June 20, 2013, with his wife of nearly 61 years, Ramona F. McQueary, by his side. Fred was born on May 26, 1930, in Springfield, Missouri, the youngest son of W. L. (Les) and Jennie Taylor McQueary. He attended Springfield Public Schools, graduating from Springfield High School in 1948. He attended Southwest Missouri State for two years before transferring to the University of Missouri where he graduated in 1952 with a B.S. in Business Administration, in which he received Departmental Honors.
He married Ramona Frazier on June 25, 1952, the first couple married in the new Hammon Chapel at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. They had three sons: Dr. Frederick George McQueary, Mark Leslie McQueary and David Blaine McQueary.
Fred served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954 and was assigned to the Headquarters Company, Sixth Armored Division, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He served three years in the U.S. Army Reserve and was discharged with a rank of Master Sergeant.
In 1954, Fred joined McQueary Brothers Drug Company, the family business founded in 1924 by his father, Les, and uncle, Frederick McQueary. This continued a family tradition of working in the pharmaceutical trade, which began with his grandfather, who had the drug store in Ash Grove, Missouri, starting in 1886. Fred retired from McQueary Brothers Drug Company in 2005.
Prior to retirement, Fred served as President of the Missouri Valley Wholesale Drug Club and was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Wholesale Druggists' Association from 1989 to 1999, during which time he served in each officer position culminating in his term as President from 1996 to 1997. In this capacity, he was called upon to testify before Congress on several occasions regarding the pharmaceutical business. He also served on the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers.
Fred was very much involved in many aspects of the Springfield business community. He served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer and President of the Springfield Rotary Club, on the Board of Directors of the Springfield Boys and Girls Club and on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Downtown Springfield Association. He also served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Springfield Jaycees.
He maintained a very close relationship throughout his life with his church, First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. He was the first baby baptized in the newly-combined First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. He served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and ruling elder of the church, and was also a Board member of the First and Calvary Foundation.
Growing up in Springfield, Fred was an avid baseball and basketball player. He played basketball at Southwest Missouri State, wearing jersey number 23. He helped organize the first American Legion baseball team in Springfield, and with his brother Bill, played on the McQueary Lions men's softball team for many years. This team was the first men's slow-pitch softball team in Springfield, and today's local softball program grew out from that team.
Fred was President of the Springfield Quarterback Club and President of the SMSU Athletic Boosters Club (Papa Bears) and co-chaired the first SMSU Athletic Department major fundraising drive. He also served on the Board of Directors and two terms as President of the Springfield Swim Association in which his sons Mark and David participated for many years.
Fred was a strong believer in the mission of SMSU, now Missouri State University, and a number of athletic scholarships were funded by him and Ramona, or in his honor through McQueary Brothers Drug Company. He and Ramona participated in many fundraising efforts for different buildings on the MSU campus and contributed significantly to the construction of the Meyer Library, Strong Hall, Glass Hall, the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, and ultimately the McQueary Family Health Sciences Hall. He was very proud when MSU awarded the Bronze Bear to the McQueary Family in 2007.
In 2005, the HDMA Foundation awarded him the Wyeth Nexus Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2009, he was awarded the Missourian Award in Jefferson City.
Although recognized as a community leader, Fred will be remembered best for his easy-going nature, his kind spirit, and generous heart. He embodied the term "gentleman". He was always ready to share a joke or tell a story.
Fred is survived by his wife, Ramona, and his three sons, Dr. Fred G. McQueary and his wife, Terri West McQueary, Mark L. McQueary, and David B. McQueary. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, to whom he was affectionately known as "Poppy": Lindsey McQueary, Dr. Melissa Broaddus and her husband J. T., Matt McQueary, Bryan McQueary, Drew McQueary, Kelsey McQueary, Taylor McQueary, Aidan McQueary, and one great-grandchild, Nick McQueary. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother William T. "Bill" McQueary and Bill's wife, Shirley G. McQueary. Bill and Shirley's children, Pam and her husband, Dr. Peter DeVito, Karen and her husband Bill Krittenbrink, and Rick and his wife Mary McQueary, together with their children and grandchildren, also survive him.
Finally, he is also survived by many of those he always considered his extended family . . . the former employees of McQueary Brothers Drug Company. Special seating will be reserved for all former employees adjacent to the McQueary family for the Memorial Service.
Memorial contributions honoring Fred may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield, 835 West Calhoun, Springfield, Missouri 65802. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. Private graveside services will be followed by a Memorial Service Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 4 pm at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church with arrangements through Gorman-Scharpf. A reception will follow in the church atrium.
Published in the News-Leader from June 22 to June 26, 2013
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