DeVere "Mac" Leroy McQueen

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

DeVere "Mac" Leroy McQueen, 94, of Cassville, passed away on July 4, 2013, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon. He was born on Jan. 28, 1919, in Wheaton. He grew up on the family farm and worked on that farm until the age of 15 when he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to help his family financially. In 1940, at the age of 21, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving six years and five months, which included World War II. After returning home to his family in 1946, he met Bonnie "Lavelle" Lee, and they were married in 1947 at the First Baptist Church in Exeter. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1948. Following this enlistment, he was assigned to Tyndell Field in Panama City, Fla. In April of 1972, he retired and moved back to Barry County, where they built a house south of Exeter. They lived there until 1985, when they moved to a home in Cassville.

Survivors include: one son, Barry McQueen and his wife, Susan, of Eugene, Ore.; two daughters, Sally Cunningham and her husband, Hunt, of Orange Park, Fla., and Peggy Hooker, of Sneads, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, James McQueen, of Republic, and Leslie McQueen, of Cassville;

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife on Feb. 12, 1999; one brother, Pete McQueen; and three sisters, Orvilla Gaige, Wilma Garrison, and Vivian Box.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the White Funeral Home & Crematory in Cassville, with Rev. James Weaver and Rev. Don Beeson officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the Air Force funeral team of Whiteman's Air Force Base.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation and en- trusted to the White Funeral Home & Crematory, P.O. Box 890, Cassville, MO 65625.