Roger L. Quakenbush 1923 - 2006 Lawrence
Services for Roger L. Quakenbush, 83, Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday. Private inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.Mr. Quakenbush died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.He was born March 2, 1923, in El Dorado, Mo., the son of William H. and Helen Messmer Quakenbush. He attended Kansas University.He served as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a five-year veteran. He landed on Omaha Beach in June 1944 and was with the 3rd Army from St. Louis in Normandy, through northern France, Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Rhineland and through Central Europe. He received the American Defense Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, European Defense Ribbon, five Battle Stars, Bronze Star Medal and Madailla De Jubile by the government of France for service in the Battle of Normandy. He was a charter member of the Battle of Normandy Foundation and National World War II Memorial Foundation. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation and recognition by the World War II Commemorative Committee.Mr. Quakenbush was a weekend announcer on WREN Radio. He began a longtime clothing career at Carl's Clothing Store in June 1946. He became the owner of Carl's Men's Store, which merged with Weaver's Department Store in 1962. He worked in the men's store and in merchandise management until he semiretired in 1991. He remained a part-time employee until his death.He was a 51-year member of Dorsey-Liberty Post 14, American Legion, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and a member of the AARP. He was a member of the National Men's Retail Assn., chairman of the retail division of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of directors of the Lawrence Lion's Club. He was also founder, charter president and three-time president of the Lawrence Kennel Club and president of the Olympis Swim Club.He married Doris Norris on Dec. 31, 1961, in Lawrence. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include three sons, Don Michael Dever, Pensacola, Fla., Marc Deveraux, Corvallis, Ore., Mitch Dever, Palm Springs, Calif.; a daughter, Kim Brecheisen, Van Wert, Iowa; and seven grandchildren.A daughter, Marti Cushinberry, died earlier.The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>.