Quincy Zane Edmonds

September 10, 1945May 19, 2013

Quincy Zane Edmonds was born September 10, 1945 to Joe and Margie Edmonds in Dutton, Alabama and peacefully passed away to Heaven while surrounded by family and friends on May 19, 2013 in Spokane, Washington. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Lonnie Edmonds. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Frances Buckner Edmonds, son Eric (Jennifer) Edmonds, daughter Jennifer (Arron) Rickert; five grandchildren; Benjamin, Elisabeth, and Nathan Edmonds; Isaac and Jonathan Rickert; sisters Nelzene Wofford, Hazel “Apple” (Marvin) Askew, DeAnn (David) Lancaster, Jodell (Steve) McCoy, Mart (Sam) Wood, and a brother Glenn (Carol) Edmonds. Quincy Zane was raised on a farm in Alabama and graduated from Pisgah High School, Alabama in 1963. He graduated from Trevecca Nazarene College (TNC) in 1968 with a degree in Biology. As a student, Quincy Zane supported himself by working full time at a custom cabinet shop. He would use these skills and his love for working with wood the rest of his life to benefit his family and friends. While at TNC, he met and married Mary Buckner Edmonds in 1967. Quincy Zane and Mary were teachers together at the same school close to his family home in Alabama until 1969 when he joined the Air Force. During their first assignment in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Quincy Zane and Mary had two children Eric (1972) and Jennifer (1976). Quincy Zane served as an officer in the United States Air Force for twenty years. As an USAF pilot, he flew the C-131 at Kirkland AFB, the C-12 at Ramstein AFB, Germany and the KC-135 Tanker at Griffiss AFB, New York and Fairchild AFB, WA. He loved to fly airplanes and frequently dreamed as if he were a bird flying through the air. At Fairchild, Quincy Zane was the Officer in Charge of the Bariatric Chamber. He taught Physiology and was a professor for Embry Riddle University where he had previously received his Master’s Degree. He would eventually become the Director of Embry Riddle University at Fairchild AFB. His daughter, Jennifer was his favorite student.After retiring from the USAF in 1990, Quincy Zane worked as a pilot for Air Transport International until his retirement at age 60. This position allowed him to travel the world including Europe, the Middle East, Central America, Australia, and central Asia. One of his most interesting missions was to co-pilot an AmeriCares food and medical flight into North Korea in 1997. This mission was the first direct civilian flight from the U.S. to North Korea since the Korean War. His primary work after retiring as a pilot was caring for his family, friends and neighbors. He built homes for each of his children’s families and was a driving force on many projects small and large for friends far and near. As each of his grandchildren were born, Quincy Zane spent hours and hours reading, playing, laughing, giving hugs and praying with them. Throughout his life, Quincy Zane actively lived out his Christian faith. He has been a member of the Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene for 25 years including many years serving on their Church Board. Quincy Zane was a committed member and past President of the Spokane Valley Kiwanis Club, a Board Member of Hearth Homes in Spokane Valley, volunteer for the Spokane Valley Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) and a contributor to many other ministry organizations. He loved Jesus and lived each day seeking, the guidance of the Holy Spirit. During the last years of his life, he often woke early in the morning to pray and commune with God. He saw himself as a watchman appointed by God to pray for his family, church and neighbors. Quincy Zane will be greatly missed. A Memorial service will be held at Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday, May 29th at 3:00 pm. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Spokane Valley Kiwanis Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1275, Spokane Valley, WA 99037, Hearth Homes Spokane Valley PO Box 371Spokane Valley, WA 99037 or Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene Memorial Fund 15515 E. 20th Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99037


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Bryant/Babs Curry

June 7, 2014

Our family was blessed when Zane's tour of duty took him to Albuquerque for a few years. Our daughters, Diane and Debby, were teens at the time and were so favorably impressed by Zane and Mary's influence. Some of our favorite memories include a couple of family houseboat vacations to Lake Powell. Zane caught, cleaned and ate his share of the many fish caught on those trips. He was adept at riding floating logs when our private lake rodeos were held. We still get a chuckle remembering how he ran across the desert barefooted when he and the ski boat driver (who shall remain nameless) misjudged a landing. He truly was a man of faith who treasured his family and friends. He will always remain in our hearts.

David & Toni McGriff

June 2, 2013

Zane and David were in first grade at Dutton together and through 12th grade at Pisgah, AL. They lived less than a mile apart. Toni knew him from 5th grade. One of our best memories was how hard he could hit a softball. Zane always had a smile for everyone.
Our prayers are with Zane's family. He was special and we will always remember him.

Sue Wheeler

May 31, 2013

I have not seen Zane since high school, but was saddened to hear of his death. I have passed the information along to other classmates, Pisgah High School class of 1963. Your family is in our prayers.

May 30, 2013

The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Quincy Z. Edmonds, USAF Ret. for your loss, to honor his service to our country and our patriotic hero.

Rick Wixom

May 29, 2013

In the very short time I was able to work with Quincy at Hearth Homes, it was readily evident that he was a true man of God. Our world was blessed by his compassion for others, and his loving nature will leave a lasting legacy. May our Lord Jesus continue to bless the lives of those touched by this fine man.

Don Buckner

May 28, 2013

Uncle Zane was one of my heros in life , he had a soft but firm way about him that i wish to emulate. I will miss him dearly. Uncle i will see you again in glory.

May 28, 2013

As a neighbor, Quincy's ever present smile easily drew a wave or hello at every crossing. I marveled at the accomplishments revealed in the stories that he shared and felt as I had found a friend and not just a new neighbor. Quincy we will miss you but always remember you. Steve and Chris Wilson

Rachel Buckner

May 27, 2013

We will miss this great man of God. He always had a listening ear and welcoming smile. Heaven is blessed.

May 26, 2013

We were neighbors of Quincy who were blessed with being able to get to know him. Right away upon meeting him we felt a special warmth and strength from him that touched our entire family. His wisdom and kindness will be missed by so many. I will always remember how busy he kept himself and how whenever he would drive by us in crossing and wave, that we could feel his strong presence in such a simple thing as that. Our prayers go out to his family as we know how greatly he will be missed.
The Burgess family

Gwen Edmonds

May 25, 2013

Zane was one of three of us cousins born in September of 1945. He came into this world 2 days before me. I am very saddened to hear he had to leave this soon! My thoughts and prayers are with all the family as you go through these coming days. Love to all. Gwen