Obituary of Quincy H. Russom
Quincy H. Russom of Iowa City, age 19, died Friday, February 12, 2021. Quincy Hardy Russom burst into this world with the energy of a nuclear reaction on May 7, 2001. Charged with reining in Quincy’s boundless energy were his loving parents, Jenny Nay and Don Russom. Quincy was a fast study in all that he did. He could skateboard shortly after mastering walking. He could effortlessly out-fish both his Papa and Grandpa Nay any day of the week. If he found himself in trouble, he knew batting those long eyelashes and flashing that million-dollar smile could get him out of just about anything. Q was a budding entrepreneur, getting his start by hustling candy for profit at Northwest Junior High. Quincy was a collector of spare change (as long as it was not his own), soft blankets, hungry children, and wayward animals. He also had the inexplicable ability to eat his body weight in Costco-sized boxes of cereal, as well as Nana Rose’s ham balls, bacon, and fruit. Q was quick-witted, smart-mouthed, and hilariously blunt. His quips and burns were legendary. Presumably, his teachers at West High in Iowa City would agree. Quincy lived his life to the fullest, had a huge heart, and truly loved and cared for his family and friends. His life was tragically cut short just as he was really starting to come into his own. There will never be another Quincy Russom and his departure will leave a huge hole in all of our hearts. Quincy was a cherished son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. To know him was to love him; he will be infinitely missed. His family includes his parents and stepparents, Jennifer and William Michael (Mike) Nelson Edwards III and Donald and Kimberly Russom; loving siblings, Karina Snyder (Jordan Wilson), Kobi Russom and Payton Russom; his niece, Maliyah; family goddaughter, Serenity Rose; grandparents, Rose and Richard Schmidt, Robert and Cheryl Nay, Carolyn and Curtis Hardy, Erma and Dell Coppenger, DeAnn Schriner, John Schriner, and Donald Russom, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Quincy was preceded in death by his grandfather, William Michael Nelson Edwards Sr. and close family friends, Tamika Watson and Stacey Ament. A public visitation will be held for his family and friends from 4 to 8 pm Saturday, February 20th at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. The family insists that all attendees wear a mask and leave cell phones in their cars. Private family services will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established to support causes that were important to Quincy. Memorials can be made to the Quincy Russom Memorial Fund, or to their Venmo account at https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3090468405510144607. To share a thought, memory or condolence with his family please visit the funeral home website @ www.gayandciha.com.