J. Randall Quisenberry, Jr. passed away April 30, 2016 at the age of 88. J was born on December 4, 1927 in Vandalia, MO the oldest son of J Randall Quisenberry and Charline Dye Quisenberry. After graduating from Vandalia High School in 1945 he entered the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. After his freshman year he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Engineering Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington. Following the Japanese surrender on August 9, 1945, J was sent to Tokyo, where he spent a year under the command of General Douglas Mac Arthur.
J returned to the University of MO and graduated in June 1950 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked summers during college to help pay his tuition and remembered fondly his work on the Alaska Railroad construction projects and helping to build the Shamrock Hotel in Houston. After graduating he worked for Monsanto Chemical in St. Louis, MO. In 1952 he came to Houston and worked for the Tennant Co until he retired as its owner in 1992. J and a partner, Frank Cmajdalka, founded BGRS, an Industrial Equipment Manufacturer on Windfern Road in Houston.
J married Gayle Cooper Berveiler in 1988. He is survived by his wife Gayle, four children by his first wife Connie Curtiss: Jeffrey Quisenberry (Sandi), David Quisenberry (Rhonda), Candy Caldwell (Bill), Douglas Quisenberry (Grace), and two stepchildren Margot Hetrick and Peter Berveiler (Angela) and a brother Joe Quisenberry (Betty). He also leaves behind ten grandchildren.
J was a member of The Petroleum Club of Houston and the Houston Racquet Club where he enjoyed many years playing tennis.
The family wishes to acknowledge the tireless and caring support provided to J by his caregivers, Leo Benedicto and Rochelle Barnes.
Following J’s request there will be no public memorial services. In lieu of customary remembrances, for those wishing to honor J, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024; Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030, or the charity of one’s choice.