Paul Quast Jr.|
Paul E. Quast Jr., 84, of Millstadt, Ill., born Oct. 10, 1931, in Bay City, Mich., died May 16, 2016, in Millstadt, Ill.
Paul has displayed an uncommon courage throughout his life, earning a deep respect from those who have known and loved him. Paul joined the new and burgeoning United States Air Force on Dec. 12, 1952. Dressed in the uniform of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Paul graduated from basic training; he then proceeded to Chanute AFB, Ill., where he would become a meteorologist, his life's work. Paul married the love of his life, Beverly Eager on Nov. 8, 1952 in Bay City, Michigan. Paul retired from Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, Ill., as a master sergeant on Nov. 30, 1969; and continued as a meteorologist on Scott Air Force Base until his retirement from civil service. His military service awards and decorations include the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, and National Defense Service Medal. Paul was an active member of the Loyal Order of Moose, and Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Quast; parents, Paul E. and Helen, nee Goddard, Quast; siblings, Mary Quast, Richard Quast, and Jeanie Quast; daughter, Deanna Mueller; and granddaughter, Rebecca Russell.
Paul was an honorable and beloved soul who will be missed by many.
Surviving are his children, David Quast and Julie Russell; his children in-law, Anabell Ramirez, and Jack Russell; his grandchildren, Jessie Mueller, Steven and Christopher Quast, Brian, Brent, and Brittany Russell; his great-grandchildren, Kansas and Alexander Quast, and Kamden Russell; sisters-in-law, Dawn Williams, Suzie Lent, and Joyce Eager; brothers-in-law, Richard "Dick" Williams, Samuel "Bud" Anderson, Danny Eager, and Mike Peterson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, 3412 Frank Scott Pkwy W, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, May 23, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1810 McClintock Ave, Belleville, Ill., with Pastor Brian Downs officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, Mo.
VALHALLA GAERDNER HOLTEN FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 20, 2016