Longtime Kenai resident Leon Gaston Quesnel died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at his home with his family by his side. He was 87.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Our Lady of The Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Per his wishes he was cremated. Father Joe Dowling, OMI will officiate. A gathering downstairs will immediately follow the Mass.
Mr. Quesnel was born July 28, 1921, to Jean and Simmone (Ganteaume) Quesnel in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies. He earned the rank of lieutenant while serving three years in the British Army in the Caribbean during World War II.
"After an honorable discharge from the British Army he worked for Schlumberger Co. in Venezuela, South America, where he met his only and loving wife, Mary J. Nagy," his family said.
They married Dec. 24, 1951, in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1952 he moved to Southern California to work for Collier Carbon Chemical Corporation. In 1968 he was transferred to Kenai where he retired in 1986 after attaining the position of wharf supervisor at the Unocal Co. (Agrium).
"He enjoyed world travel, eating, fishing, reading and gardening. He lovingly raised five children. He was grandfather to seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Many others called him 'Grandpa.' He served on the Parish Council for Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Kenai," his family said. "He was very active in the Knights of Columbus. He also served as the chairman of the Harbor Commission for the City of Kenai. In later years he donated many hours to Habitat for Humanity. He will be missed by many, especially his very dear friends, Paul and Lisa Turner."
Mr. Quesnel is preceded in death by his sisters, Lucie Quesnel, Sister Francis (Odette) Quesnel, Renee d'Abadie, Marie Howard and Monique DeGannes; and brothers, Pierre and Henri Quesnel.
He is survived by his brother, Marc; sisters, Claire Rostant and Alix Martin; wife, Mary of 56 years; daughters, Joan Seaman and her husband, Michael, of Kenai and Odette Jamieson and her husband, Gary, of Eagle River; sons, Alan Quesnel and his wife, Chriee, of Eagle River, Paul Quesnel of Anchorage and Brain Quesnel and his wife, Lisa, of Nikiski; and nephews Mike and Tony Long of California.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial donation be made in his memory to Hospice, 159 E. Redoubt, Soldotna, AK, 99669, or Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 2907, Soldotna, AK, 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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