George R. Quest Jr.
Updated: Jun 21
George R. Quest Jr., age 87, passed away in Town & Country, Missouri on June 7, 2021 following a brief battle with lung cancer. George was a longtime resident of Kimberling City, Missouri, before returning to the St. Louis region earlier this year.
George was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 16, 1934 and lived a full and active life. He was a loud and proud Marine who enlisted in the Corp at age 19 in January 1953, and served during the end of the Korean War. George was assigned to the VMF-235 “Death Angels” Marine fighter squadron. George attained the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged in January 1956.
George entered the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #1 apprentice school and started a long and successful career as a Wireman. George worked on commercial Service trucks for Guarantee Electric, Payne Electric, and Champion Electric, and several other electrical contractors. George was not afraid to take on many dangerous and exciting jobs. Among those was re-lamping many of the sky-high TV transmission towers around the St. Louis region.
George married the love of his life, Dolores “Dee” Cornish (nee Rosenberg) in December 1972. They lived in Moline Acres, Missouri and then Afton, Missouri. George was an avid fisherman, and when he retired after forty years, in January 1996, he and Dee moved to Kimberling City, where they built a house and fished together on Table Rock Lake. George was usually the first to jump in and help someone in need, especially if they needed electrical work! George took an active role in his community. He served on the Kimberling City Planning and Zoning Commission, and was elected to two terms as Alderman and for one term as Mayor. George worked hard for the city. He considered being Mayor to be a full-time job, and he went into his office at City Hall every day. People around town have said “George made a difference”, and “George saved Kimberling City”.
Besides fishing, George enjoyed many past-times over the years. He sang in a Barber Shop choir, square danced and called, played pool and owned a pool hall, and belonged to the Missouri Trout Fisherman’s Association and the Missouri Bass Masters.
George is survived by his wife Dee, his daughter Tricia Quest and her husband John Fernandez, of Middleton, New Jersey, Dee’s son Michael Cornish and his wife Liz, of St. Charles, Missouri, her daughter Sandy Rowe (nee Cornish), of Affton, Missouri, and her son Patrick Cornish and his wife Terry, of Fenton, Missouri. George and Dee have four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. George is preceded in death by his parents, George and Dora Quest (nee Peal), his step-mother Mae Quest (nee Hagenbrock), his sister Doris French, his step-sister Jacqueline “Jackie” Mantia (nee Hagenbrock), his son Robert “Bobby” Quest, and Sandy’s husband, Mike Rowe.
A memorial in honor and celebration of George’s life will be held at Stumpff Funeral Home South in Kimberling City on Sunday, June 27, 2021, beginning at 1:00 PM.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home Kimberling City, MO.