Stuart Vincent McQueen, 94, passed away March 29, 2014 in Medford, Ore. surrounded by his loving family. Stuart, better known as Duke, was an active outdoorsman and prominent member of the Rogue Valley Community.
Duke was born January 7, 1920 in Portland, Ore. the son of Vincent and Anna McQueen. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in business, served as the SAE fraternity president, graduated from ROTC, and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret (Mark) McQueen, whom he met at Washington High School in Portland, Oregon. The high school sweethearts celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary earlier in March.
Duke began his long career in the timber industry when he was recruited by Anton Lausmann to move to Medford, Ore. in 1946. He quickly earned the position of President and General Manager of KOGAP Mfg. Company. (Keep Oregon Green And Productive).
Duke was the founder of FIR (Forest Intensified Research), Executive of Forest Products and Forestry companies, a member of the Oregon State Board of Forestry, a founding director of Crater National Bank, and active on the boards of directors of Western Bank, Providence Hospital, and the Medford YMCA to name a few. He was a long time member and past president of Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association.
An active outdoorsman, accomplished in alpine and water skiing, fishing, hiking, tennis, golf, and handball, Duke was a Tolman Creek Pioneer (pre Mt. Ashland Ski Road) and for years a Senior Patrolman and member of the National Ski Patrol that served the Mt. Ashland Ski area. He approached interests with great enthusiasm as exemplified by his musical talents, playing drums in the Hillah Temple Shrine, Southern Oregon Concert and Elks Kilty Bands, as well as the local German band. He was an instrument-rated multi-engine pilot and even recorded co-pilot time on the supersonic Concord in his official flight log book.
Duke was active in the Presbyterian Church and was the building committee chairman for the construction of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Medford, where he also served as Elder. He was a gracious and generous contributor and donor to numerous entities that served the Rogue Valley community and church missions globally.
Above all, he loved his family and was an avid promoter and supporter of education for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sons, Mark McQueen (Susan) and Ladd McQueen (Karen); daughters, Marily Henselman (Dave) and Laurie MacGraw (Gary); grandchildren, Scot (Shannon), Brian, Leslie (Bobby), Riley, and Molly; and great-grandchildren, Hailee, Brady, Alyssa, Mason and Mia. He was preceded in death by great-grandson, Brennen.
Memorial services will be officiated by Rev. Lori Boehning at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford. A reception will follow.