Walt McQuie, a lifelong resident of Montgomery City, Missouri, died at age 91 on Sunday, January 17, 2021, of complications from surgery for a femoral artery aneurysm. He was the son of Walter McQuie Sr. and Marguerite (Kirn) McQuie. He was married to Jane Elizabeth Scharnhorst in May 1954.
He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1953 and then served for two years in the Army, working as a law clerk for a judge in Germany. He then returned to Montgomery City where he established a law office and practiced for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Missouri Bar from September 1953 until his death, and served on several Bar Association committees that helped shape and uphold the standards, ideals, and honor of the profession for lawyers, judges, and the public.
He actively served the Montgomery City community as a Khoury League baseball coach, as a member of the Kiwanis Club and Volunteer Fire Department and was a charter member of the Chamber of Commerce. In later years, he served on the Montgomery Cemetery Memorial Trust Association and the Senior Center board of directors, was a researcher for the Montgomery County Historical Society, and delivered Meals on Wheels.
Walt was baptized in 1943 and ordained as an elder in the Presbyterian Church USA in 1963. He served as moderator of the Missouri Union Presbytery and twice served as commissioner to the General Assembly.
In his retirement he taught himself to play the tuba and played in community bands in Washington, Herman, Columbia, Fayette, and Roanoke. He kicked off the World Famous Montgomery Town Band on many summer weekends.
Walt is survived by his wife, Jane. They had four children, Walt McQuie of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, Ellen McQuie of Columbia, Missouri, Andrew McQuie (Chris Kaiser) of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Charles Kirn McQuie, who preceded him in death. There are two grandchildren, Drew Bruno (Jolene Gilbert-Bruno) of Chicago, Illinois, and Ann Bruno (Phil Denight) of Salt Lake City, Utah. Walt was also preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Robert and George.
Private graveside services were held on January 20, 2021, under the direction of Schlanker Funeral Home. Memorial contributions suggested to Montgomery County Historical Society or the Montgomery County Senior Center through the funeral home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, Missouri 63361.
Condolences may be made to www.schlankerfuneralhome.com