James William Querns

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James "Jimmy" William Querns, 58, of Pine died Saturday, May 28, 2005. He was was born March 16, 1947 at Ft. Benning, Ga. When his biological father died, he was adopted by United States Air Force Lt. Col. James John Querns.

Mr. Querns served in the Armed Forces and was honorably discharged with several citations, one for expert marksmanship.

His well-known talents included most all aspects of contracting, mechanic work, and general fix-anything guy. He did amateur auto racing and some of the engines he built won many races in California. He was a chemistry professor in Oklahoma, a licensed commercial driver, and worked at the Pine Lumberyard for several years.

He is survived by his five children, Dorie Young of Oklahoma, James T. Querns of Riverside, Calif., James C. Querns and Don Querns of Globe and Cassie Querns of Show Low; stepmother, Jacqueline Querns of Mesa; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, John Querns of California and Jerry Querns of Michigan; uncle, "Buck" Buckingham, Lt. General USAF, Ret., and his aunt, Gloria Buckingham.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 4 at the Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Drive. A private memorial service with family only will be held following the viewing.

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