Joseph Michael Quinn Jr

January 2, 1945 to January 24, 2024, Age 79, Columbia, Missouri.

Joe succumbed to the numerous maladies he had as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange.

Womb-to-Tomb Roman Catholic. SSgt, US Marine Corps 1962-1970 (Vietnam 1968). FAA Air
Traffic Controller 1970 to 2000. Knight of Columbus (3rd Degree 1985, 4th Degree 1989).

St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 1962, Florissant, MO. MidAmerica Nazarene
University, BA Human Resource Management, Class of 1990, Olathe, KS.

He loved God, Family, Country, all Military (but especially Marines), Road Trips, Cruising, Fishing (generally wishing he could actually catch something), Woodworking and HO Model Trains.

Beloved wife: Teresa M. Harris-Quinn. Children: John P. Quinn (St. Louis, MO); Julie E. Vestal-Quinn and Son-in-Law James W. Vestal (Lady Lake, FL); Joseph M. Quinn, III and
Daughter-in-Law Veronica J.T. Quinn (Shawnee, KS); Sister-in-Law Mary F. Brice and Husband Joseph M. Brice (Eureka, MO). Siblings: John D. Quinn and his wife Janice (Wildwood, MO), Jerome P. Quinn (Deceased 2022) and his wife Nancy (Ballwin, MO), and the One Mom Liked Best – Mary Susan Quinn (St. Louis, MO). Grandchildren: Alexander R. Quinn, Aidan J. Quinn,
Aaron M. Quinn, Allison S. Quinn (All of Kansas City, Missouri & Kansas).

Preceded to Eternal Rest by his loving wife of 53-1/2 years Carole Ann Quinn; his son Michael
D. Quinn; his parents Joseph M. & Ann M. Quinn; his sister – Ann E Quinn; and his grandson Andrew J. Vestal.

These special friends, we had a wonderful trip: Michael & Sharon Becks for over 70 years-wow,
Steve Fear and Mary Wisz for over 60 years.

Joe spent a lot of time thinking about being Catholic, family and friends, mixed with a lot of
thoughts about being a U.S. Marine and an Air Traffic Controller.

Mass of the Angels: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive, Columbia,
MO. 65203, 1100am, February 2, 2024.

Inurnment: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Date and time to be


  1. Bob Belinke on January 26, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    Joe was the kind of guy who you wanted to be around when nothing else mattered. I mean, he could make me laugh and his comments about the “current situation” with the Cafeteria or FAA. I remember when he first came to ZKC. A character for sure, but a nice person and a guy who on the second try would give you a straight answer.

  2. Roy J Harris on January 26, 2024 at 3:53 pm

    Joe was a happy co worker and always had something good to say about everyone.
    Beverly and Iwill miss seeing him at the Old Timers Picnic.

  3. Pat Sanders Miller on January 26, 2024 at 4:40 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I was in several classes with both Joe and Carol. Condolences to the family of Joe Quinn.
    Pat Sanders Miller

  4. jack mccormick on January 26, 2024 at 8:47 pm

    Didn’t work on same crew as Joe, but we all knew him. Semper Fi, Marine. RIP.

  5. Mike Roberts on January 27, 2024 at 9:28 am

    Big Heart. Not afraid to speak his mind. I liked that about Joe.

  6. Susan Loftus on January 27, 2024 at 12:18 pm

    Joe was a classmate that made us smile and think about what it meant to be an Aquinas alumna!
    He and Carol obviously raised a blessed family and I send them my condolences. Your memories will more than sustain you.

  7. Joyce Schnettgoecke on January 27, 2024 at 1:12 pm

    Joe was a classmate of mine at St Thomas Aquinas, thought of him as a leader. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed but his memory will live on.

  8. Judy Opsal Lowes on January 29, 2024 at 6:25 pm

    Joe was classmate of mine at Saint Thomas Aquinas high school. May the good Lord bless and keep him till we all meet again.

  9. Annette M First on January 30, 2024 at 4:02 pm

    Joe was a decent,good hearted,loved by many and I only had the pleasure of meeting him two or perhaps three times and each time I saw my brother in law by marriage to Teresa, my sister, I thought Highly of him as a beautiful person and a great addition to the family. May God accept Joe into the Paradise he deserves and be forever happy in Gods presence and Grace. RIP. Love Annette M First

  10. Edward “Chucky”Harris on January 30, 2024 at 4:08 pm

    I met Cuzzin Joe for the 1st time in St Louis just a few yrs ago. We all sat for dinner at a Mexican Eatery. He kept the conversation going at a table of 9. Was looking forward to his visit to AZ. Joe left us too soon. Eternal Rest Cuzzin Joe.

  11. Joanne on January 30, 2024 at 6:22 pm

    I will never forget you, Joseph you’re just a nice good guy a devoted Roman catholic, and I enjoyed all three cruises that we went on with you so much fun you will forever be in my heart your sister in law, Joanne Harris lott

  12. Jim Smith on January 30, 2024 at 9:07 pm

    I did not know Joe very well I idid’t work in Joe’s specially He was a very nice guy and was interesting to be around

  13. Sylvia Anderson Topalov on January 31, 2024 at 3:55 pm

    Sylvia Anderson Topalov
    Wednesday 31, 2024

    It’s been said that when one marries it’s mate, one also
    marries into one’s family. You only have one chance to
    make a first impression. My sister Teresa took
    methodical, deep affectionate, devotional thoughts
    inspired by ongoing prayer & family love before making her
    right life choice. My brother in law Joseph was a man
    with values that mirrored this family. He raised
    his children with those values & loved them enough
    to introduce them to ways that protect themselves
    in this world to stay out of harm’s way. He came
    from a FUNCTIONAL mindset & extended that for
    his children. The result of that is having children
    that weren’t influence by their peers because of
    Joseph constantly counseling them in the right direction
    so they didn’t get involved with street ways that
    would lead to their early demise. He was a SECURE
    man emotionally that didn’t see the point of
    wearing flamboyant ostentatious garish clothing
    & jewelry to be accepted. Driving fancy cars &
    insulting all those in his path. Joe was always
    respectful, generous & had a heart to always
    show his love to accept people to who they were.
    When he started dating my sister he pledged to
    take care of her in life & in death and he surely
    did that. She wants for nothing! What a precious
    gem she found through prayer & waiting on
    God’s promises making no error. A true
    manifestation of FAITH when one believes
    & the reward of being obedient. Yes Joe was
    a great man and will truly be missed. We
    celebrate Joseph’s life to always remember

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