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Leslie H. (Les) McQuary


1916 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Leslie H. (Les) McQuary Obituary
Leslie H. (Les) McQuary Born May 9, 1916 in Macon County, Missouri, to Hiram and Lula Francis McQuary, died peacefully on January 29, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. Educated in his primary and secondary years in Dexter, Missouri, he also attended Southeast Missouri State College in Cape Girardeau, MO. During his high school years he met Ernestine Weber, his future bride, at a dance in Bloomfield, MO, and they married on September 8, 1935. At the conclusion of their junior year of College, he and Ernestine moved to Dexter, MO. His professional career was spent in the field of education, beginning as a teacher in one-room schools in Stoddard County and Sugar Tree, MO, and then to a teaching position in Bernie, Missouri. WWII interrupted his teaching career as he spent the next three years with the U.S. Army's 32nd (Red Arrow) Division, seeing over 600 days of combat in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and the Presidential Citation while fighting on the Verde Villa Trail. When the war ended, Les moved back to Bernie, MO, and assumed a principalship position. In 1950, he, his wife Ernestine, and their daughter, Rebecca, moved to Tucson, AZ, after he accepted a teaching position at Sam Hughes School. In 1951, he became the first principal of Holladay School, and in 1953 he became the principal of Peter Howell School, a position he held for 25 years until his retirement in 1978. He is preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Ernestine, of 78 years; his daughter, Rebecca Ann Cole and husband, Ronald of Davis, CA; three granddaughters, Lori Pygeorge, Shelley Morse and Julie Cole-Marié, their husbands and seven great-grandchildren. He had been a member of the Catalina Methodist Church since 1950, and was also a 75 year Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Mason, a longtime member and 10th President of the Catalina Rotary Club, a past president of the Arizona Elementary Principals Association and a past chairman of the Board of Management of the Lighthouse YMCA. At his request, services will be private with interment in a military cemetery in Bloomfield, Missouri, near his beloved hometown of Dexter, Missouri. Memorial gifts may be made to the Catalina United Methodist Church Foundation fund or Casa de la Luz Hospice in his name. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 2, 2014
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