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Gordon McQuire

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SALADO, TEXAS - Gordon "Gordy" McQuire, 53, a graduate of Fort Benton High School, died after a short illness Tuesday, Jan. 10, in a Temple, Texas, hospital.

His funeral is 10 a.m. today at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton, Texas.

Gordy was born Oct. 12, 1958, in Newport Beach, Calif., the son of Joe and Patricia McQuire. He married Rachel (Velasquez) on Nov. 2, 2000, in Bell County, Texas.

Gordy graduated from Fort Benton High School and went on to pursue a master's degree in science from Tarleton State University in 2005 and was a candidate for a Ph.D. in criminal justice. In 2004, he was certified as a master peace officer.

Gordy served his country honorably in the U.S. Army for 30 years, retiring at the rank of chief warrant officer. After retiring from the military in Texas, he went on to serve as an officer for the Bell County (Texas) Sheriff's Office and as a Reserve Constable for Precinct 3. He also worked as a pilot for Metro Aviation and an air medical pilot for Petroleum Helicopters, Inc.

He lived in the central Texas area for over 30 years after moving from Montana. He was a member of the 3C Cowboy Fellowship Church in Salado, the Salado Masonic Lodge No. 296, where he was a Master Mason, the Rotary Club and the Blue Knights.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia "Patsy" Ann (Kelley) McQuire; his stepmother, Vicky McQuire; and two brothers, Joseph Richard McQuire Jr. and Jack Randal McQuire.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Rachel (Velasquez) McQuire; his sons, Kyle McQuire and Junior Ceballos; daughters Kimberly McQuire, Vanessa Alvarado and Harley McQuire; his father, Joseph McQuire; three brothers, Greg, Jay and George; three sisters, Kelly, Autumn and Allison McQuire; and nine grandchildren.

Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 17, 2012
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