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Clare McQuistonClare G. McQuiston went home to be with his Lord on April 30, 2017. He was 88.
He was born May 13, 1928 in Richmond to J. Raymond and Olive Hunt McQuiston and lived all of his life in Fountain City and Richmond. He was graduated from Fountain City High School in 1946 and received a degree in General Business from Miami University in 1950.
Clare served two years in the Army at Fort Sam Houston, TX during the Korean War. It was there that he met the former Charlene Kramer. They were married on May 18, 1952 and shared 57 years together until her death on October 27, 2009. Following his military service, he returned home and entered the McQuiston Insurance agency with his father, where he spent 40 years.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 60 years and also served as a deacon, trustee, clerk, bible teacher and church historian. He spent 15 years in Bible Study Fellowship, serving 10 years as a discussion leader. He served 14 years on the Richmond Advisory Planning Commission, the last six years as president. Clare was a volunteer in the Richmond Rose Garden for several years and also volunteered at Reid Hospital for 2200 hours over a nine-year period.
After retiring from the insurance agency, he continued in the insurance industry for 15 years as a Director for Indiana Union Mutual and for Town and Country Mutual. He joined the Richmond Lions Club in September 1953 and was credited with over 60 years of perfect attendance. While a member of the club, he served as Home Show Chairman in 1966, as a Director, Lion Tamer, Tail Twister and chaired the committee that updated the club by-laws. He was awarded the prestigious Melvin Jones Award in 1994.
He is survived by five children, Janette Cason; Douglas McQuiston and his wife, Colleen; Judith Testin and her husband, William; Gregory McQuiston and his wife, Birgit; and Joanne McCree and her husband, Patrick; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, David McQuiston and his wife, Karen; and Philip McQuiston and his wife, Martha; a brother-in-law, Charles Kramer and his wife, Margaret Ann; and many nieces and nephews.
Clare was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a brother, Clyde; his step-mother, Mary McQuiston; a son-in-law, Randall Cason, Sr.; sister-in-law, Margie McQuiston; and a nephew, Quinn McQuiston
David McQuiston will conduct a funeral ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 8 at the First Baptist Church, 1601 South A Street in Richmond. Interment will follow in the Willow Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South in Fountain City.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Reid Foundation, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374 or the First Baptist Church, 1601 South A Street, Richmond, IN 47374.
Dear Dave and Phil,
Just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Our prayers will be with you Dave as you share the message God gives you. Many memories of times together are so nice to reflect upon. God bless you all.
Jane Fulks Hewson May 5 2017 12:00 AM
Jan, Doug, Judy, Greg, and Jo,
I am saddened to hear of the passing of your dad. I remember him as a man of great stature, both physically and spiritually. Praying for comfort for you in this loss.
Debbi Heighway Collins
Debbi Heighway Collins May 4 2017 12:00 AM
Jan, Doug, Judy, Greg, Jo and your families,
We are sorry we cannot be with you for Uncle Clare's service.
We cherish many sweet memories of your mom and dad. May you feel the comfort of God's Holy Spirit as you say Goodbye - until you see him again in heaven.
Love from Waco,
Marilyn and Robert
Robert and Marilyn Borchgardt May 3 2017 12:00 AM
Judy and family, I am so sorry to read of your father's passing and I know that this is a sad and difficult time for all of you. I am hoping that you find comfort in knowing that his wonderful legacy will live on through you all and that the love you shared with him is forever. I will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. In Sympathy, Juli Sieb-Snively
Juli Sieb Snively May 2 2017 12:00 AM