Obituary: Maj. Quenten S. Looney (Ret.)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Quenten S. Looney, 90, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Geneva Looney, and son, James Michael Looney.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Looney of Lewisburg; daughter, Patricia Mosko of Ardmore, Pa.; brothers, Morris (Marjorie) Looney of Lewisburg and Jack Looney of Cabool, Mo.; sister, Lorene Campbell of Tuscumbia, Ala.; and grandchildren, Suzanne and Peter Mosko.

During his nine decades of life, Quenten S. Looney was a model citizen who always placed service above personal gain and established an example for others to emulate. He served as a defender of his country, a loyal friend to his associates, a successful farmer and a contributor to his community.

At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army. As one of the early paratroopers, he served in the European Theater of Operations helping to defeat Fascism in that part of the world. Later, he served in Korea to stop the expansion of Communism in Asia. Distinguished military service gained Mr. Looney a commission as an officer and after combat, a series of assignments with increasing responsibilities. He retired with the rank of Major with 26 years of military service. Following his retirement from the Army he continued serving in a civilian capacity at the Army Military Personnel Administration Center in St. Louis, Mo., for 10 years.

Active citizenship was a high priority in the life of this extraordinary American. He was a long-time member of the American Legion; a stalwart in the Republican Party in Marshall County, serving two terms as its chairman; and was a member of the Marshall County Election Commission for 10 years. Additionally, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewisburg and was instrumental in establishing one of the volunteer fire companies the county.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and will be followed by a memorial service to be held at Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home.

Final interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

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