Funeral for retired Staff Sgt. Harold J. McQuiston, 81, Lawton, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Gary W. Cook, pastor, and the Rev. Tom Willoughby, associate pastor, officiating.
Sgt. McQuiston died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at a Lawton hospital.
Burial with full military honors will be at Post Cemetery, Fort Sill, under direction of Becker Funeral Home.
He was born April 21, 1922, in Ponca City, to Cecil and Myrtle Craven McQuiston. He grew up in Tonkawa and attended Ponca City Schools.
He was drafted into the Army in 1942, and served during World War II and Korea, retiring in 1966. He earned many awards while in the service, including the Purple Heart.
He married Lila B. Smith on April 14, 1960, in Russellville, Ark. He worked for the Lawton Block Company for 21 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church and the DAV.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a daughter, Virginia Sahler, Medicine Park; three grandchildren: Dayna Davidson, Alaska; Alexander Martin, Lawton; and Max Sahler, Medicine Park; a great-grandson, Brayden Davidson; and a sister, Louise Witt, Ponca City.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael McQuiston.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan,
Suite 1700, Chicago 60601.
[courtesy of "CallenRL"]
Grave marker for Harold J. McQuiston in Section VI, Site
2802e, Fort Sill Post Cemetery, Fort Sill (Comanche county), Oklahoma.
registered for the draft ca. 1942 and entered service at Oklahoma City, OK
on 24 November 1942.
On 29 April 1943, Pvt McQuiston as transferred from the
Parachute School, Fort Benning, GA to Company I, 508th PIR.
Despite being a qualified parachutist, Pvt McQuiston was
transferred to the 76th Infantry Division, A.P. Hill Military Reservation,
He was discharged on 22 October 1945 but re-enlisted on 6 March 1947
and remained in the Army until 31 October 1966.