Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Harold H. Newman

Harold H. Newman, age 96, of 418 Washington and formerly of 518 Garden Court, Quincy, died Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 5:50 p.m. in Sunset Home.

He was born September 9, 1916 in Griggsville, Illinois the son of Levi Newman and Willmetta Hallock. On June 16, 1940 he married Thelma Ann Ross in Griggsville, IL. She preceded him in death on October 29, 2011.

Harold attended the University of Illinois and had his own band. He was a livestock feeder and a land owner in Pike County, buying his first farm when he was seventeen years old. For thirty-four years, he was a fourth generation member of the Board of Directors of the Farmer’s National Bank of Griggsville, serving as a chairman for ten years. He was chairman of the board of Illini Hospital in Pittsfield, IL for nine years. He also served on the boards of the Pike County Red Cross, the Pike County Soil Conservation District, the Griggsville School District, the Griggsville Methodist Church and the Western Illinois Fair Association.

Harold was a 70 year member and past master of Griggsville Lodge #45 A.F. & A.M. and a 70 year member of the Quincy Consistory. He was a founding member of Old Orchard Country Club in Pittsfield.

In 1981, Harold and his wife moved to Quincy, IL, where he joined the Quincy Country Club and transferred his membership to Vermont Street United Methodist Church. He was a member of RSVP, past club president of Golden K Kiwanis, and a member of Quincy High 12. He was an avid supporter of Boy Scouting and received the Silver Beaver Award from the Saukee Area Council.

Survivors also include two sons; Dr. Kent Newman of Albuquerque, NM and Dr. Richard Newman and his wife Barbara of Park City, UT and Quincy; five grandsons, David Newman of Henderson, CO, Aaron Wells Newman and his wife Amy, of Park City, UT, Adam Ross Newman of Park City, UT, Daniel Newman and his wife Katie of Lynnwood, WA, and Dylan Newman and his wife Patricia of Hood River, OR,; one great grandson Benjamin and one great granddaughter Jasmine; a sister, Rosalee Meisner of Louisville, KY; three nephews, Steven Newman of Leland, NC, David Meisner of Carol Stream, IL, and Chuck Burgner of Springfield, IL; and two nieces, Marcia Jumblatt of Louisville, KY and Sandra Hoots of Quincy.

In addition to his wife, Thelma, he was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ralph C. Newman.

Services: 2:00 pm Saturday, October 6, 2012 in Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Morwell officiating. Burial will be in Griggsville Cemetery.

Visitation: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Saturday at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: Vermont Street United Methodist Church, Sunset Home or Golden K Kiwanis Scholarship Fund


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. Dear Rich and Barb and Family,

    John and I are very sorry for your loss. Your dad was a man of many accomplishments and touched many lives in his 96 years. God Bless Harold Newman.

  2. Kent & Richard,

    I was sorry to hear of your father’s death. Your parents were great people. I wish I could attend the funeral but I have already comitted to a PEO state convention planning meeting in Springfield on Saturday. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  3. Rich and Barb, are thoughts are with you as you experience this tough week. We know Rich’s dad is now at peace and resting with bride. Look forward to seeing you when you return to PC.

  4. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Harold for almost 45 years. I first met him at a dinner hosted at he and Thelma’s home in Griggsville as a “meet & greet” a couple of months prior to Rich and Barb’s wedding.

    He was truly one of the most kind and gentle people I’ve had the honor to know.

    He’ll be sorely missed in the community and I wish Rich, Aaron, Adam and Barb my deepest sympathies.

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