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Kenneth Lee Quartermain Sr.

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Kenneth Lee Quartermain Sr. Obituary
Quartermain, Kenneth Lee Sr.
On December 20, 2015, Ken Quartermain, of Surprise, AZ, finished his 80-year life on earth and now resides with his Lord and Savior, who has awarded him the "crown of righteousness." Ken was born on October 30, 1935 in Kokomo, Indiana, the youngest of Ken and Mabel Quartermain's three children. His two sisters, Gwen and Beverly, preceded him in death. Ken's youth was spent in Massachusetts until his patriotism motivated him to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1955. He was stationed in Korea from 1956 to 1958, where he witnessed first-hand people living free separated by the 38th Parallel from those under oppression. It became a central tenant of his life to support those causes that fought against tyrannical governments. After Ken returned to Massachusetts, he met, courted and then married Bonnie Bamforth on January 17, 1959, a year after they met, although he proposed on their first date. As their love grew, so did their family. Their three children are Ken, Jr. (Laurie), Jane (John Mitchell) and Amy. One of their greatest legacies was a marriage that lasted 56 years, which served as testament to their sacred bond and was an inspiration to scores of family and friends. Ken's life became complete as grandfather to his five grandchildren - Katherine, Mattie, Michael, Christian and Lian - by whom he was sometimes affectionately known as "Papa, the Fixer Man" or "Papa, the Fisherman." The love between him and his grandchildren secured a healthy future for each; and will be measured by the multitudes of people who will benefit from Ken's relationship with them. Ken's greatest legacy is his approach to servanthood. He was the type of man who built the manger for the church Christmas service, then stood in the far back, out of direct sight, dressed as a shepherd while holding the staff with the star of Bethlehem on top. He was a brilliant, powerful servant for no other reasons than to meet a need, it was the right thing to do, and because he wanted to. Ken's life will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. January 11 at a memorial service at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix. There will be a reception for family and friends following the service at Coyote Lakes Rec Club, 19386 North Coyote Lakes Parkway, Surprise, AZ. If anyone desires, Ken would be pleased if donations were made in his name to The Salvation Army, Sun Cities West Valley Corps, P.O. Box 1099, Sun City, AZ 85372-1099.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 5, 2016
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