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Harold F. Quincy

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Harold F. Quincy passed away at his home on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009. He was born on July 26, 1928, on a farm near Kinderhook, Ill., at the onset of the Great Depression to a poor farmer, Fred Lendon Quincy, a man of the "old school" ways, too proud to accept relief for what he could grow in the ground, willing to work doing anything and let the boss set the pay - and Leta Cadwallader Quincy, a kind-hearted, loving, hardworking farmer's wife with high expectations.
He graduated from Kinderhook High School. He worked a few jobs in and around Barry, Ill., before serving in the Korean War in the Army Corps of Engineers.
He met the love of his life, Marilyn Losch, of Barry, Ill., and they wed May 10, 1953. On their third wedding anniversary their first son was born, with a daughter and another son following.
They farmed for 19 years around Barry, Colchester and lastly Plymouth, Ill. In 1973 they sold out and moved to Deming for his health. You can take the man away from the farm, but you cannot take the farmer out of the man. He simply never stopped being a farmer, even though New Mexico is a completely different world from Illinois.
In Deming they had rentals and a furniture store. In 1981 they again sold out and moved to Alamogordo, acquiring a few more rentals.
He never slowed down; even after open heart surgery in 1989 he still worked hard. He helped his son start a business and continued to work in that business until after his 70th birthday.
Dad always had a soft spot for his family, Pepsi and homemade ice cream. At times I am not certain which came first.
He started writing poetry and short stories in 1973 and now has about 500 to his credit. Many of these won poetry contests and several have been published, an accomplishment he was quite humbled and proud to have achieved.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Arnold Wayne and Lendon Leroy, and a son, Terry Eugene.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of 56 years; daughter Vanita Branham and life partner, Nick Pena, of Moriarty; son Harlyn Quincy and wife, Evelyn, of Alamogordo; grandchildren Jennifer Branham, of Albuquerque, and Kristy Branham and Terry Allen Quincy, of Alamogordo; great-grandchildren Sierra and Julian Lopez, of Albuquerque; granddaughter of the heart Blair Franklin and her children Christina and Josh Jr.; grandson of the heart Brian Franklin Jr. and fiancee Blanca Najar and their daughters Ariana and Julyana; and numerous nieces and nephews scattered across the country.
Dad, when I grow up, I wanna be just like you. Love always.
The Quincy family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
Private family services will be held at a later date. Inurnment will take place in Monte Vista Cemetery.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 29 to Oct. 13, 2009
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