Glenn Quest, Jr.

 

Glenn T. Quest (Bud), 96 of Hysham, Montana, the oldest World War II Veteran in Treasure County passed away peacefully Nov. 7, 2018 in the Billings Clinic Hospital.

Glenn was preceded in death by two sisters, Lillian Koch and Mildred Guptill Lind and two great grandchildren, Jonah Ahern and Sarah M. Magera.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Mary L. Quest, and his four children: Suzann Quale (Cliff) of Missoula; Coleen Magera (Richard) of Plains; Teresa Vincent (David) of Billings and Michael Quest (Cory Johnson) of Plains.  He is also survived by his sister Margaret (Peg) Kuntz of Custer.  Glenn and Mary have 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Glenn was born Oct. 20, 1922 to Glen and Margaret Quest in Hardin, Montana.  He grew up with his three sisters, Lillian, Mildred and Peg in the Sorrel Horse Valley along the Big Horn River north of Hardin.  He attended high school in Hardin and excelled in boxing, horsemanship and baseball.  He was an active member of the High School FFA chapter.  He was an accomplished roper and well known for his baseball pitching ability in Hardin.  Growing up in the early 30’s he experienced the Great Depression first hand and like most Americans it was instrumental in how he lived his life.

Glenn joined the U.S. Army Air Corps on March 10, 1944.  As the only son of a farmer/rancher, he was told to stay home and help raise the Great Northern beans and cattle at the family farm/ranch.  He later enlisted and was inducted into the Army at Fort Douglas Utah.  He went through basic training at Sheppard Field Wichita Falls, Texas.  He was then sent to Scott Field, Illinois for radio operator school. Glen’s high school sweetheart, Mary L. Sabe from Custer, traveled by greyhound to Illinois and they were married on Oct. 28, 1944 at the chapel at Scott Field. 

Upon completion he was sent to William Field at Chandler, Arizona where he daily flew four-hour round robin flights on B24 and B25 bombers as the radio operator over the west coast of Mexico and the United States.  Glenn was on a train headed to Gunnery School in Yuma, Arizona when VE was declared.  He said it was a “happy” “loud” ride back.  He was discharged from the Army Dec. 1, 1945 and he and Mary returned to the family ranch in time for Christmas.

Glenn and his family of five moved to Hysham in 1953 where he began working as a mechanic which he continued to practice for the rest of his life. He was a gifted mechanic from an early age.  As a young boy, he took apart everything in the house toasters, irons, mixers etc.  His parents would discipline him for doing so until they realized he could put them back together in working order. He overhauled his father’s tractor when he was twelve years old.  He was truly a gifted mechanic. He attended numerous International Harvester schools for training on farm machinery repair. In 1969, he attended International Harvester training in Chicago.  He excelled at the training and the company offered him a teaching position. He was one of the few International Harvester mechanics trained to work on Roosa Master diesel fuel injection pumps installed on International Harvester tractors. He did not think a big city was for him, so he chose to stay in his small town rather than move to Chicago.  He was also offered a shop teaching position at the high school in Ashland, Montana. But again, he decided to remain in his home town.

He proudly served for 50 years as a member of the American Legion in Treasure County serving a term as the Commander. 

His son Mike writes of his father:  In his younger days Dad was a beautiful fly fisherman and later purchased a boat and we spent our weekends camping and fishing. Dad could ice skate backwards faster than anyone I ever saw.  He was an accomplished marksman with both a pool stick and a rifle.  He later took up golf and enjoyed the struggle.  My father was not always an easy man to like but he certainly was by the many people he and his old “yeller” dog went to help that were stranded along the interstate near Hysham.  I saw my father lay in the snow and fix cars for poor families. Most people payed with cash, but many payed with a thank you or blessings.  My father never charged anyone more than they could pay.  He never finished his lunch without the telephone ringing and him explaining how to repair something.  He gave freely of his “genius” to anyone who asked. Dad loved working on farm equipment during the day and reveling with the farmers at the local tavern in the evening. My father loved half breed dogs, smooth running engines, and a good “nip of whiskey.” He will be missed by his large extended family and remaining friends

Glenn’s funeral will be held November 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hysham.  Interment will follow at 3:00 pm at the Custer Cemetery in Custer, Montana.

Family visitation and rosary will be October 19, 2018 at 5:00 pm at Bullis Mortuary 507 N. Center Avenue Hardin, Montana.

Memorials may be sent to the Treasure County American Legion Post or the Treasure County Museum.

 

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