Leroy Willard Kuest

Leroy Willard Kuest

Odessa, Lincoln County, Washington, USA
Death 21 Feb 2015 (aged 96)
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
Burial Reardan, Lincoln County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 156616920 · View Source
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Leroy Kuest died February 21, 2015 at Rockwood at Hawthorne care center in Spokane. Born in Odessa on August 25, 1918, he was the last of seven children of Julius and Rosena Kuest who had homesteaded in the area before 1900. Leroy graduated from Odessa High School, worked for the local Richfield service station and in 1942 joined the Army Air Corps.

Throughout World War II, he was stationed in England near Bury St. Edmunds, where he was a crew chief maintaining B-17 bombers – a member of the 331st squadron of the 94th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force. At a dance in London, he met his future wife, Margaret McCurdy. They were married in Odessa Sept. 15, 1946.

Leroy and Margaret lived in Quincy, Odessa and Moses Lake before moving to Spokane in 1961, and then to a ranch on Indian Prairie in the Seven-Mile area. They operated a Tastee Freeze on Ash and Nora in Spokane, as well as the Hole ‘n One Donut Shop at Northtown. Leroy later delivered fuel for Cenex in Reardan and drove a truck during harvest.

Leroy helped to keep alive the history of the 94th Bomb Group by sharing his memoirs and photographs from the war. He was active in organizing reunions of former servicemen from the 94th. The couple returned to England more than once and in the 1990s attended a ceremony dedicating a rose garden on the abbey grounds of Bury St. Edmunds to the 94th Bomb Group servicemen who had been stationed nearby at Rougham Air Field.

In retirement, Leroy and Margaret enjoyed their farm and animals before moving to Hawthorne retirement community in Spokane in 1998. They were members of Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa; Messiah Lutheran, Spokane; Emmanuel Lutheran, Reardan; and St. Luke’s Lutheran, Spokane.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Oscar, Reinhold, and Jack; sisters Alma (Smith), Edna (Schimke), and Maude (Giese); and by his wife Margaret in 2005. He is mourned by several nieces and nephews (also great and great-great), as well as many good friends.

A memorial service will be held at Rockwood at Hawthorne on March 25, 2015 and a graveside with Honor Guard later in the spring.

ref: Odessa Record, March 19, 2015

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 156616920
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leroy Willard Kuest (25 Aug 1918–21 Feb 2015), Find a Grave Memorial no. 156616920, citing Spring Creek Cemetery, Reardan, Lincoln County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by LDR (contributor 47300676) .