James Leroy Quin, 87, of Springdale, Ark., beloved husband of Patricia K.A. Quin for almost 61 years, passed away peacefully on Aug. 1, 2013.
He was preceded by his parents, Oliver "OB" and Rose Elva Quin, his brother Joseph L. Clawson Sr., and his sister Joy Louise Hiers. He is survived by his sister, Smidge Lewis of Bossier City, La.
James was born in Shreveport, La., and joined the Navy the day he graduated from high school. He was attached to the 1st Marine Division as a Navy Corpsman during the battles of Peleliu and Okinawa. He was also sent to North China as a Corpsman. When World War II ended, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a photo interpreter and served his country for over 22 years. He also served in the Korean conflict and Vietnam.
After retiring from military service, James and Patricia served as missionaries with New Tribes Mission. They retired to northwest Arkansas, where they lived until his death.
Besides his wife Patricia, James is survived by his two sons, David C. Quin of Springdale, Ark., and Robert Pierre Quin of Joplin, Mo. James has three daughters, Deborah A. (Quin) Bellante of Springdale, Catherine (Quin) Battaglia of Palmdale, Calif., and Cynthia P. (Quin) Roberts of Largo, Fla. James is also survived by 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
James was a proud member of the Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, China Marines, The American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He was honored multiple times for his service to our country.
James attended Calvary Chapel in the Ozarks. In his paperwork was found the following handwritten note: "Born December 4, 1925, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Born again in 1956 (Ephesians 2:8-9). By the grace of God am now with my Savior. II Corinthians 5:8." The note was signed: J. L. Quin.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the members of the Fayetteville VA Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Their care, dedication and desire to provide quality care over the past week were a blessing to the entire family.
Military funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville. A memorial service is pending.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Hospice and Palliative Care Unit, in memory of James L. Quin, 1100 N. College Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72703. Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements.
Submitted by: Deborah A. (Quin) Bellante