James Earl Quesnell
1936 - 2000
"I will be back"
"Jim" Quesnell was born September 7, 1936 in Kentucky.
He was raised in Ohio, just outside Cincinnati, making him a huge
Reds fan. He grew up in a large family that included his sisters
LaWanda, Winnie and Nadine, and a brother, Everett. After serving
in the Marines, Jim made his home in Southern California.
A successful businessman, Jim loved to entertain. He spent his
early career as a musician and in his later years returned to
that passion for fun. He played '50s and '60s music and fronted
for such bands as The Coasters.
Jim was a wonderful father to his six children. His oldest daughter
June was killed in a car accident at 14, but he continued to be
the strength for his surviving five: Sheri, Cathy, Darren, Jamie
(Jaye) and Georgia. He was also a devoted grandfather to his 10
grandchildren: Brandon, Jacob, Jennifer, Mallory, Joshua, Lauren,
Alyssa, Chez, Ashlee and Jeremiah. Jennifer told all of her friends
in elementary school that her grandfather, who had a twinkle in
his eye, was the "real" Santa Claus.
In the later part of Jim's life, he met and married his soul
mate, Michele. They shared an incredible life's journey together
and spent as much time as possible in Hawaii. Kauai was the island
Jim loved most. He found a peace and beauty there like no place
else on earth.
Jim cherished Michele and no doubt continues to watch over her.
For 16 years he was a well-loved member of her extended family:
Leonard and Lorraine Lambert; Michael, Lisa and Monica Lambert;
Marcy, Jack, Tyler and Maddie Hart; Marc Lambert and Marty Lambert.
His love of space was undying and his thirst for knowledge insatiable.
Jim had started to write a science fiction story and was an enormous
fan of Star Trek and Star Wars. Although in critically ailing
health, Jim promised his family that he would live to see the
new Star Wars movie when it premiered in 1999. And he did.
Jim died January 23, 2000, after a long and courageous battle
against ALS (Lou Gherig Disease). His "life" never faded
as his body continued to fail him. Easy to get along with and
willing to try anything, Jim will be remembered for his warmth,
his energy, his wisdom and his incredible sense of humor. He brought
joy to all who had the honor of knowing him.
On an early date, Jim pointed to the stars and told Michele,
"I will be there some day." The sky will be just a little