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Lee McQuown 1928-2013

March 21, 2013
Emmetsburg News

Memorial service for Lee McQuown will be held Saturday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

Inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge.

Lee "Lefty" McQuown, son of Lee Orin and Viola (Hitchler) McQuown, was born March 30, 1928 in Cylinder. He began his education in Fenton and graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1946.

Lee played baseball for Bancroft in 1945 pitching his team into the State Junior League Championship. He pitched 11 innings limiting Mason City to six hits to become the New Iowa Champions. In 1948 he was recruited to play professional ball for the Atlanta Baseball Association.

Lee was inducted into the United States Army in 1950 and served during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the Bronze Star and was honorably discharged in 1952.

On Feb. 18, 1969, Lee was united in marriage to Dorothy in Elkton, MD.

Lee drove truck for North American Van Lines for many years. He was awarded a Vanguard Driver Plaque in 1980 and remained one of the top 15 drivers in the country for North American. He also received the "Million Miler" plaque for no accidents.

Lee died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Emmetsburg Care Center at the age of 84 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Beulah Olson, Leota Barkve, Leona Knudson, and Rose Reeves; and two brothers, Ralph and Leland McQuown.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his sister, Clara Rowlet of Emmetsburg, Iowa; nieces and nephews; and many friends.

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