Eugene McQuisten

October 22, 1926November 9, 2012

Descendants of George Henry Weinans, November 18, 1996 Biography

I was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota of Irish and Norwegian parents and raised there. I learned electronics at a pre-war school sponsored by the National Security Agency. After this I obtained my first FCC license in 1942.

I served in the Amphibious Forces in the U.S. Navy in World War II. I served on the carrier Saratoga, LST 270 landing ship and then on the Island of Saipan, Marianas in the South Pacific. My duty jobs were radio operator and radio and radar technician.

After the War, I had my own business in Rapid City, South Dakota and did plumbing, wiring, refrigeration, heating and radio and appliance repair. I moved back to Sioux Falls and worked as a technician for an RCA distributor and designed sound systems and was trained on the first television receivers. Next, I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and was a service technician for Sears and attended the color television school for technicians in Chicago. I then began teaching color television in Minneapolis to RCA dealers in the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota area at the Minneapolis Miller Vocational School. This began my instructor career and I was awarded a State of Minnesota (Degree) Teachers License by the University of Minnesota. Then I started teaching a full two year electronics course at Northwestern Electronics Institute in Minneapolis. From there I went to Control Data Corporation as a technical writer. After a year of that I began teaching special equipment at Control Data Institute and was teaching at the National Security Agency at Ft. Mead, Maryland and was offered a position at the North American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD Combat Operations Center. After working for Control Data at NORAD from 1967-1969 I was offered a teaching position in the 47th Communications Group Command in the Closed Circuity Television section as an Air Force Engineering Technical trainer. I taught computer sciences, electronic theory and electronics mathematics. I was an Informations Systems Officer and also taught information systems to Military personnel. After over 13 years on this job, I took a GS-12 position for the Federal Emergency Management Agency at NORAD for five years. This position was under the White House Office of The President at The National Warning Center. Then I returned to the 47th Communications Group for five years and retired from Federal Service January 3, 1992.

I had six children, three boys and three girls. Five of them live in Minneapolis an one daughter in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. My hobbies are genealogy, music, collecting antiques and clocks and writing. I am a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Presidential Task Force and the National Education Association. Margaret Anna Schutz and Eugene Marion McQuisten had the following childern: Robert Francis McQusiten Jeanne Tilly Margaret McQuisten


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Jim and Marcia Shellhammer

November 18, 2012

Margaret. Marcia and I both feel your loss and remember the days with Gene up at the Mountain. The entire staff at FEMA was stunned to hear about Gene. We wish you the best.

Lynnda Neth-Schoen

November 15, 2012

Margaret, my deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family.