Quentin S Kingsley

    July 14, 1918  -  July 23, 2012


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Quentin St. Claire Kingsley, 94, died Monday July 23, 2012 at the Brookview Manor nursing home in Brookings, SD. Private graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be planned for a later date. Rude’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Quentin was born July 14, 1918 in Revere, ND. He attended Cooperstown, ND high school. He grew up fast working on Civilian Conservation Corp projects between June 1935 and February 1941. During this time he met Felicia Carol Kautzsch. They married on October 24, 1940 in Chadron, NE. and had two children: daughter Bonnie and son Gary. He worked for his father-in-law at White Elephant Feldspar mine at Custer, SD during 1940-1943.
He served honorably in WWII on the Navy Destroyer Escort USS Richard M. Rowell (DE-403) also known as the “Rowdy Dick”: April 1943 – November 1945. Quentin was awarded 1 silver star and 1 bronze star for his participation in 6 battles during the Asian-Pacific area conflicts; the Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 bronze stars; and also the WWII Victory Medal. He served honorably in the Army National Guard during the Korean Conflict: Sept 1950 – April 1952.
He made his home in Brookings, SD where he earned his BS degree in Agronomy from SDSU in 1956 and his MS degree in Agronomy from SDSU in 1963. He worked as an Assistant Agronomist at SDSU doing soil and crop research in the Plant Science Dept. from 1956 until his retirement in 1984. He was especially known for his knack for building experimental equipment. He was awarded Assistant Professor Emeritus in 1990. He was a member of the Alpha Zeta professional fraternity.
Quentin attended St. Thomas More Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He remained active in the VFW and served during 1993-1994 as Commander of the George Dokken Post 2118 in Brookings. He was very interested in restoring antique cars. He and Felicia owned several antique cars over the years and both were active in the Antique Car Club of America. Quentin and Felicia put together the “Crank and Hope” newsletter for many years. Quentin also enjoyed fishing, photography, and traveling. He and Felicia attended several Navy reunions with his shipmates and spouses from the “Rowdy Dick.”
He is survived by two children: one daughter Bonnie L. Kingsley of Sioux City, IA; one son Gary Q. Kingsley and his special friend Deby VanEidie of Erwin, SD; five grandchildren: Zon (Glenn) Dunn of Fair Oaks, CA; Shaun (Deani) Riedesel of Madison, SD; Thor (Kelly) Riedesel of Onalaska, WI; Nomi (Russ) Vos of Sioux City, IA; Cara Kingsley; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Felicia, his parents, Milo and Edna Kingsley, his sister Beverly Lou McWilliams, and infant brother Darwin.
Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Brookings, SD.




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Born: July 14, 1918

Place of Birth: Revere, ND

Death: July 23, 2012

Place of Death: Brookings, SD


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Brookings, SD