The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

November 25, 2008

Howard Robert “Bob” McQuiston

Flexospan founder was leader in community

A funeral service is set for Wednesday (11-26-08) for Howard Robert “Bob” McQuiston, of 766 Jackson Center-Polk Road, Worth Township and Rockport, Texas, who passed away Friday (11-21-08) evening in St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Texas Heart Institute, in Houston, Texas, after a brief illness. He was 73.

A 1953 graduate of Mercer High School, he attended Youngstown State University and also served with the U.S. Naval Reserves as a Seabee.

Bob was a self-made man and a true entrepreneur. He created and developed many businesses throughout the years that provided a better life for many.

He was a self-taught construction engineer and in 1969, along with his brother, Bruce, founded Flexospan Inc., of Sandy Lake, and together became one of the largest producers of steel structures and fabricated steel coverings in the area.

With combined efforts, they helped build and develop the Sandy Lake Senior Center and dedicated it their mother, Lillian, as the McQuiston Center by the Park.

Bob was a Christian and a member of Emmanuel Christian Church, Stoneboro, where he served as a trustee.

He was known for his generosity and contributed to improving the lives of others by volunteering his time and resources. He was involved with various real estate holdings throughout Mercer County.

He served as a director with Helping Hands in Stoneboro and provided them with space in this building to house their new Faith Home Furnishings store.

Mr. McQuiston was also a director of the Regional Job Training Program, West Central Job Partnership for Lawrence and Mercer County Work Force Investment Board.

He loved farming and specialized in raising Simmental cattle. He served on the National Board of American Simmental Cattle Association and the National Steel Deck Institute.

Mr. McQuiston was also a member of Shenango Lodge 810 F. and A.M. of Hermitage; 32nd Degree Mason; Scottish Rites; New Castle Consistory; Shriner’s of North America and Zem Zem Shrine, Erie.

He was also a member and strong supporter of the Republican party.

He was an avid aviator, owned several airplanes and logged over 8,000 hours of flying.

Mr. McQuiston enjoyed hunting, fishing and spent his life enjoying the outdoors.

Bob’s family was a priority and he took on the responsibilities of family patriarch, who along with his wife, Connie, organized birthday events and the annual family Christmas parties.

His first wife of 41 years, Alyce Caswell McQuiston, preceded him in death in December of 1994.

He then married Constance Benninger on Oct. 10, 1998, who survives at home.

Mr. McQuiston is also survived by five children, Howard Paul “Skip” and his wife, Kay, of Blounts Creek, N.C.; Edward Allan “Ted” and his wife, Kelly, of Hermitage; Sarah Canady of Warren, Ohio; Melissa Lynne McWilliams, of Houston, Texas; Travis Cole McWilliams and his wife, Sherry, of Cypress, Texas; a bother, Bruce A. McQuiston and his wife, Judy, of Mercer; a sister, Patricia McQuiston and her husband, Terry, of Wexford, Pa.; 15 grandchildren, Sheri Lynne Latimer and her husband, Brad; Josh McQuiston and his wife, Christine; Kelly, Robert and Eric McQuiston; Darcey and Jamie DeTullio Patricia and Clark McQuiston; Matthew, Joey and Renee Canady; and Hunter Mason, Ashlynn Grace and Mari-Katherine McWilliams; and four great-grandchildren, Kyler DeTullio; Austin and Abegail McQuiston; and Alisha Joyce Latimer.

In addition he will be deeply missed by nieces, nephews and their families.

In addition to his parents and former wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert David McQuiston.

Memorial contributions may be made to either McQuiston Center by the Park, P.O. Box 273, Sandy Lake; or Lakeview Area Helping Hand, P.O. Box 145, Stoneboro; or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Howard Robert “Bob,” 73, of 766 Jackson Center-Polk Road, Worth Township, and Rockport, Texas.

Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (11-24-08) and 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (11-25-08) in the SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.

Service: A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (11-26-08) in the Emmanuel Christian Church, 4495 Greenville-Sandy Lake Road, Stoneboro, with Tim Clark, pastor, officiating,

Interment and committal service: Mount Washington Cemetery, Jefferson Township.