In Memoriam : Quinton Forcum

Quinton Franklin Forcum - age: 84
(August 18, 1931 to August 21, 2015 )
Resident of Woodlake, California

Visitation Information:
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Evans Miller Guinn Chapel. Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Exeter District Cemetery.

Quinton Franklin Forcum went on ahead to be with the Lord in Heaven on August 21, 2015. We miss him terribly and look forward to his welcoming us to a glorious reunion in God’s good timing. Quinton was born on August 18, 1931 to Cleland and Oma Forcum, the sixth of eight children. Their family worked in fields and other ways to make it during hard times. This admirable work ethic served him well in life. He met Helen Bullard at a country barn dance. After six months they “danced” into marriage in 1954. Their union lasted for 61 years. Quinton went into the army very young and was known to do a good job at whatever he did. He experienced combat in the Korean War. He moved up to be a Chief Warrant Officer-2. He received many awards. He picked up litter, when necessary, along with people of lower rank. He took part in Atomic Bomb Testing on a Pacific Island. He served during the Cuban missile crisis, and continued in missile expertise until retirement in 1971. He and his family had the opportunity to travel and live an adventurous military life in several states and Europe. After retirement he and the family moved back to the valley. Their three children graduated from local schools. He started a small, hands-on successful electrical contractor business. The family enjoyed outings to the coast and mountains in their motor home. He and Helen enjoyed many trips with the Sams and Sallies camper club and cruises to Alaska. He and his brothers were serious dominoes players. He enjoyed playing the card dame “Shanghai” which has become a regular part of family gatherings.
Quinton was very real. He had no pretense. He lived out his authentic self, take it or leave it. He loved his wife and family and was a good role model for his children and grandchildren and great grandson. He didn’t talk a lot but came out with funny and “gotcha” one liners. When he was in the hospital the last time, we gathered in his room on his birthday and sang “happy birthday” to him. He listened, frowning slightly then said “wrap it up.” We all cracked up. We saw that he didn’t particularly like out singing and also he still had his spunk despite being very ill. He always reminded us to “drive careful” when we left. He was an ordained Baptist deacon and though he didn’t speak a lot about his faith in the Lord he lived out that faith through Christians qualities.
He and Helen were blessed with a son, Quinton Jay (Carol) and daughters Sherry Forcum and Dianne Ritter. They have three much-loved grandchildren; William Daniel Ritter, Ashley Forcum and Lyndsay Forcum. Later in life, they welcomed a great grandson, Quinton Benjamin Forcum. Quinton was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jim Forcum, Buck Forcum and two sisters Leona Shaw and Emma Sturges. He is survived by his brothers Vern Forcum and Cecil Forcum and his sister Opal Sturges. He is also survived by his wife Helen, children, grandchildren and great grandchild.

In lie of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675. Condolences may be sent to the family at Services entrusted to Evans Miller Guinn Chapel.
“But God will redeem my life from the grave; He will surely take me to Himself.” Psalms 49:15

Charles Riley - August 22, 2015Contact this person Contact this person
On August 21, 2015 at approximately 2:00 AM my brother in law Quinton Forcum left this earth to go dwell in the Kingdom of God with our Heavenly Father. The void his passing has left in the hearts of his family cannot, and will never be filled. I morn the loss of Quinton, as do his wife, children, grandchildren, family members, and his many friend. Quinton had suffered from some serious medical problems for some time so his passing was not unexpected, but knowing his time was near don't help the hurt and unquenchable feeling of his loss that we all now feel. But, I do think we all should find comfort from knowing the kind of man Quinton was, how he lived his life, and from our confidence that he is now sitting face to face with God. Quinton has gone to a place where he no longer feels pain, a place free of sin, a place where there is no sorrow, no sadness, no hatred, no pain, no sickness, no suffering, and no death. In heaven I am sure he has been greeted by his family and friends, who have gone before him, and who have already prepared a place where he will now live for ever and ever in a place of incomparable splendor. Yes, his family and friends have lost someone very dear to them, but society has also suffered the loss of a man that during the short 84 years of his life gave much to his country and his community. Quinton's life is a shining example of how every American should thrive to live their lives. During his journey through life here on this earth. Quinton served his God, and used his teachings as the moral compass for his life, he marred his childhood sweetheart and for 61 years loved and provided for her and their 3 children's every need, he served his nation by enlisting in the US Army and proudly served at various military basis all over the world for 22 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 2, and then returned to home to start his own business and for many years provided services to his local community. Today I, as the rest of his family, grieve over the loss of Quinton, but we also rejoice at the life he lived, and the legacy he leaves for his children and grandchildren. Good by my dear brother in law, and although I know you now dwell in a place of complete happiness, we will still miss you, so very much. Charles and Shirley Bullard Riley

Stephanie Sera - August 24, 2015Contact this person Contact this person
My deepest sympathy goes to his children, Sherry, Diane and Jay. Your father fought a great battle in his last days and he is now in heaven with his parents and brothers and sisters. May he lay in the hands of the Lord and may his heart be filled with the Lord's love now and forever. May he find card and domino players in heaven worthy of his challenges.