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Posted on Aug 11, 2017

Obituary: James N. McCreary

James N. McCreary, of Quincy, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, was called home on Aug. 7, 2017, after a courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born in Bismarck, N.D., on May 17, 1955, to Ross and Clara McCreary, and was raised in Quincy on their Winchester family farm. James was the youngest of seven children. He graduated from Quincy High School in 1973. He then met the love of his life, Kim Stephens. The two married on Sept. 25, 1976. They have three children, Summer, Jeremy and Peyton.
James worked at Witco/Celite for 16 years and was a local farmer. He then retired in 2009. His biggest passion and love was his family. Everything he did or went included his family. He enjoyed watching his kids grow and took great pride in everything they enjoyed. He coached youth sports and loved watching his children play sports, dance and drag race. He would do anything to put a smile on his children’s faces. He loved the outdoors including camping, fishing and watching for deer. After he retired, he liked gambling at casinos, spending time at the family cabin, driving his Corvettes, watching westerns while drinking his coffee, and he continued his love of family by watching his grandkids’ sporting events.
James had a one-of-a-kind spirit. His infectious sense of humor made it easy for people to like him. Some of those at his son’s gym may have even been asked to feel his biceps or listen to his jokes. He enjoyed “shooting the bull” with people, and liked to make people laugh. He had a giving soul and enjoyed helping those in need. He felt that one small gesture for somebody in need could change their life, and that one gesture could make a miracle out of them. He said one person in need can do amazing things and shock people.
He is survived by his wife, Kim; children, Summer (Ryan) Keller, of East Wenatchee, Jeremy (Micaiah) McCreary, of Quincy, Peyton McCreary, of Quincy; grandchildren, Cameron, Lane, Wyatt, Ashton and Grace; brothers, Ross (Beverly) McCreary, John McCreary and Dave (Debbie) McCreary; a sister, Naomi Mason; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Clara, his brother Aaron and sister Olive.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at the Faith Community Church, 1005 10th Ave. SW, Quincy. Concluding services to follow at the Quincy Valley Cemetery. A food reception will follow at the church to share many wonderful memories of James.
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