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Moline High School Class Of 1961



Susan Vogt Arnold Passed

Susan Heath Arnold, 79, of Rock Island, died on Friday, March 17, 2023, in Davenport, Iowa. She was born October 2, 1943, in Neenah, Wisconsin, to Joseph J. Vogt and Anna Mae (Hemmingson) Vogt. Susan graduated from Moline High School in 1961. She married Dale A. Pulford on January 27, 1962, and later married Thomas E. Arnold on October 29, 1971. She was employed as a legal secretary since age 17, and in December 2017, she retired from Bozeman, Neighbor, Patton & Noe, Attorneys in Moline. Susan was a member of the First Evangelical Free Church in Moline. Susan loved the Lord and trusted in Him with all her heart for everything in her life. He is forever faithful. She enjoyed crafts, spending time with family and friends, taking shopping trips, and attending church. She had a love of animals, especially cats, and had a fondness for all birds, particularly bluebirds. Susan is survived by her daughter, Heather (Brian) Kinney; grandchildren, Amber Berthoud, Jake Davis, Christian Castens, Melissa Rump, and Jocelyn Kinney; two great-granddaughters; stepmother, Donna Hay; sisters, Deborah Vogt, Rebecca Lorge, Kathryn Killilea; special friends, Tom Arnold, Mikie Rump; two nephews and many friends and family. Susan is preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Tamara J. Pulford-Davis.

Gary Wildermuth Passed

Gary Wildermuth, 79, of Rowlett, Texas, passed away on March 3rd, 2023. Gary was born on March 27th, 1943. Gary was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Gary Wildermuth leaves behind: His wife of 58 years, Jacqueline Wildermuth; Daughter, Tammy Vitz (John Vitz); Son, Jay Wildermuth; Daughter, Tara Welch (Matt Welch); Grandchildren, Tabitha Noble, Bethany Hooks, Madison Brewer, Peyton Wildermuth, Ava Welch, and Steen Welch; Great Grandchildren, Jaxx Noble, Jett Noble, Huxx Hooks, Jaggar Noble, Hazel Hooks, Canaan Brewer. He was preceded in death by his son, Chad Wildermuth (A wonderful reunion for sure). Gary graduated from Moline High School in 1961. Gary attended Black Hawk College and St. Ambrose University. He was married to Jacqueline Wildermuth on September 3rd, 1964. Mr. Wildermuth worked for Montgomery Elevators and Escalators/Kone for 39 years. He was an avid sports fanatic. Gary coached and mentored his children in many sports. He was also a fan favorite of many officials… Mercy! His favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Notre Dame, the University of Illinois, and the University of Texas. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren at sporting events. He never missed a good time with his friends or family. Gary had an incredible singing voice as a member of the Moline Boys Choir. He never left the dance floor at a wedding, dancing with all the grandchildren and friends. You would find him on the couch watching March Madness with his boys and their friends in March. His family and friends will truly miss him. Go, Cowboys!


Vicki Bezner Koehler Passed

Vicki Lou Bezner Likeness Koehler, of Davenport, passed away December 5, 2015. Vicki was born May 30, 1943 in Sparta, WI, a daughter of Ralph and Anita Bezner. Survivors include: three daughters, Kari Likeness Menke, Kecia Likeness Boyce and Krista Likeness; three grandsons, Josh, Noah, and Esston and a sister, Judy Mueller.


Barbara Giles Kuberski Fullmer Passed

Barbara Giles Kuberski Fullmer, 78, of LeClaire, died Thursday, January 20, 2020, in Davenport. Survivors include her daughters, Charlene Quandt, Julie Kuberski and Kathy Stull, sons, Alex, Micheal, Marek and Matthew Kuberski, siblings, Donna Hackett, Esther Feske and Ed Giles; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Fullmer.

Tonnie Smith Rebholtz Passed Away

Tonnie Smith Rebholz, 75, of Hampton, Illinois, died Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at home. Burial is in Rock Island National Cemetery. She was was born December 24, 1942, in Guin, Alabama, the daughter of Leburn and Elaine (Byran) Smith. She married Joseph Rebholz on December 31, 1983, in Moline. Previously, she had been married to William Nevins, with whom she had three children. She was a supply analyst on the Rock Island Arsenal. Family was the most important thing to Tonnie, especially her grandchildren. Tonnie is survived by her beloved husband, Joseph; children, Laura (Wade) Schubring of Alabama, Tamber (Robert) Dickerson of Arizona, Sean Nevins of Hampton, Joseph Rebholz II, Katherine, Henry Jonathan Rebholz of Virginia, and Elizabeth; 7 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; sisters, Rosa Marie Ledgerwood, Charlotte (Dan) Albers, and Suzi (Phillip) Jones; a brother, Charles (Delores) Smith; many nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Lawson. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Johnnie Miller and Shelba Jean Lawson.

Robert DeClerck Passed Away

Robert DeClerck, 72, of St. Paris, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:29 PM at his home. He was born on January 7, 1944 in Moline, Illinois, the son of the late Frank and Harriet (Fulcher) DeClerck. In 1992 Bob married Barbara Bennett who survives along with five children, Cathie (Rober) Rashid of Middleboro, MA, Jaime (Michelle) DeClerck of Des Moines, IA, Terri DeClerck of Davenport, IA, James (Stacey) Overton of Sidney, and Kim Overton of St. Paris, one brother, William (Paula) DeClerck of Moline, IL, one sister, Donna (Mike) Cook of Davenport, IA, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, JoAnna DeClerck. Mr. DeClerck retired as an inspector from Navistar in Springfield after 40 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Sidney. Bob was a wonderful husband and father to his family, and will be greatly missed.

Douglas Hendricks Passed Away

Douglas C. Hendricks, 78, of Marion, IA, formerly of Moline, passed away Friday, March 4, 2022, at Summit Point Senior Living, Marion, IA. Survivors include a son Brian Hendricks, Phoenix, AZ; sister, Debbie (James) Reep, Marion, IA; grandchild, Atheana; six nieces and nine great-nieces and nephews.

Perry Jacobs Passed Away

Perry C. Jacobs, 79, of Moline, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at UnityPoint, Rock Island. A private graveside service will take place at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline, and a Celebration of Life will be held on January 21, 2023, at the Wunder Y in Moline. Further details to follow. Perry Carl Jacobs was born in Chicago Heights Harvey Hospital on June 13, 1943, to Nelson and Ann Jacobs. They then moved to Moline in 1946. He attended Wells School, Coolidge Junior High, and then graduated in 1961 from Moline High School. He also attended Black Hawk College and Parsen College before joining the United States Air Force, where he was an Air Force National Guard Crew Chief. In 1978, he married Patricia Leuntjens in Las Vegas, NV. His career included working at the Hihut Root Beer Stand, Trevor Hardware Store, and D & J Industrial Laundry. He then owned D & J Industrial Laundry from 1964 until he sold it in 1987. He owned the Moline Baseball Cage for twenty years from 1985 until 2005, and then, alongside his son, owned the Factory of Fear and Jacobs Wood and Forestry up until his passing. Perry was a member of the Elks, Short Hills Country Club, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (life member), Moline Boosters Club, Moline Public School Foundation, the Jr. Flames Hockey Club for which he was a College Placement Director, and he was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association. He is survived by his wife Patricia; two sons, Jeffrey Wayne (LuAnn) Culver, Hampton, and Perry Carl Jacobs II, Moline; grandchildren, Jacob and Zachary Culver and Lauren Jacobs; a brother, Ken (Chris) of Bowlinggreen, KY, along with their children Andy, Julie and Alex; a sister-in-law, Barbara Benson and her son Justin. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Joyce Hess Cornmesser Passed Away

Joyce E. Cornmesser, 77, of Bettendorf, Iowa, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 at her home. Joyce was born on January 14, 1943 in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Herman and Mildred (Sheese) Hess.  On September 14, 1963 she was united in marriage to Roger E. Cornmesser in Moline.  Joyce worked as housecleaner and was a dedicated wife and mother.  She enjoyed fishing and cruises with her husband.  For many years, they spent their winters in Florida and Arizona and were members of the Quad-City Cruisers.Those left to honor her memory are her daughters, Joy (Jeffery) Whitmer of Eldridge and Judy (Scott) Hoag of DeWitt; her son, Steve (Bonnie) Cornmesser of Eldridge; five grandchildren, Joy & Jeffery Whitmer’s children, Alishia Osborne and Ashley Sibert; Judy & Jeff Peer’s children, Samantha and Wesley Peer; Steve & Bonnie Cornmesser’s daughter, Kayleigh Cornmesser; and two great-grandchildren, Braeden Claeys and Dallas Sibert. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; her sister, Myrna Burris; and her brothers, George and Bill Hess.

Katheen Roberts DeShane

Kathleen DeShane, 78, of Orion, IL, passed away peacefully Friday, April 15th, 2022, at her home. Per her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Kathleen was born September 20th, 1943, in Moline, IL, the daughter of Ralph and Shirley (May) Roberts. She was a graduate of Moline High School. Before retiring, she worked for Warren Electronics as an inventory/parts management specialist. Following in her parent's footsteps, Kathleen also worked in concessions at the Indian Bluff Golf Course, where she loved to socialize and talk with everyone. Her enjoyments in life were playing UNO and solitaire. She also had an incredible "sweet tooth" and enjoyed her chocolates. However, her biggest joy in life was being a mom and grandmother. Survivors include her children, a son, Mike (Jill), Urbandale, IA, a daughter, Stacee DeShane, Orion, IL; grandchildren, Justin (Emma) Gruver, Richmond, TX; Spencer DeShane, Urbandale, IA; Alexis Ceja, Silvis, IL; Austin Ceja, Eldridge, IA; Samantha Ceja, Moline, IL, and a great-grandson, Carter Ceja. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Duane Roberts.

Karen Krouth Aldinger Passed Away

Karen E. Aldinger, age 77, of Edgerton, Ohio, passed away at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, March 22, 2021, in the home of her daughter near Edgerton after an extended illness. Mrs. Aldinger was a graduate of Moline High School in Moline, Illinois, and had worked for Royal Neighbors of America Life Insurance Company prior to marriage. She was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandkids and her beloved dog, Addy. Karen E. Aldinger was born on September 7, 1943, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Philip and Doris (Kemp) Krouth. She married Ronald K. Aldinger on June 6, 1964, in Moline and he preceded her in death on April 3, 2014. Survivors include one daughter, Kristen (Dan) McGuire, of Edgerton; one son, James P. (Michelle) Aldinger, of Aledo, Illinois; four grandchildren, Brittny (Blake) Heither, of Muscatine, Iowa, Jaxon McGuire, of Edgerton, Zachary (Elizabeth) Aldinger, of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, and Christian Aldinger, of Aledo; three great-grandchildren and one on the way; one sister, Phildora Weaver, in California; and a daughter-in-law, Lisa (Steve) Livensparger, of Edon. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Erik Aldinger, in 1987; one sister, Ora Jean Papenhausen; and one brother, Robert Krouth.

Donald Gordon Passed Away

Donald L. Gordon Jr., 76, of Rock Island, passed away Thursday December 19, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City. Per his wishes there will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held 11:00am on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at First Evangelical Free Church, Moline. Donald was born on December 11, 1943 in Moline, the son of Donald and Uldeane (Smith) Gordon Sr. He was a graduate of Moline High School. He later married Karen L. Thomas on July 5, 1985 in Rock Island. Mr. Gordon had been employed by Johannes Bus Services, Rock Island. He attended First Evangelical Free Church, Moline. Donald loved spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, camping, trap and skeet shooting. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Karen; daughters, Tina (Dan) Hefley, Independence, MO., Lynn Gordon, Freeport, IL; step sons, Brian (Cory) Hayes, LaGrange, KY, Geoffrey Hayes, Hampton; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James T. Gordon.

Linda Lindblade Hendricks Passed Away

Linda Hendricks, age 76, a resident of Carol Stream, IL, passed away on March 31, 2020 at Central DuPage Hospital due to complications from a major surgery.  She was born on July 17, 1943 in Davenport, IA to Lester Lindblade and Merle Meyers. Linda grew up in Moline, IL and attended Augustana College and Hope College.  She began her career as a social worker.  She then worked for TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) for 40 years in various roles in the purchasing and finance departments.  Faith was really important to her and she was very active at Wheaton Bible Church. Linda loved to serve others.  If her family, friends, or church needed assistance she was the first to give a helping hand and an encouraging word.  She enjoyed traveling with family or to see family.  She also enjoyed gardening, reading, and just puttering around. She was a wonderful grandmother who loved to support her granddaughters in all their school, sports and other extracurricular activities.  She was their special Gigi and biggest fan. She is survived by her son, James (Erica) Hendricks of Madison, WI; her grandchildren Lauren and Sydney Hendricks; her brother and sisters, David Lindblade, Zondra Swanson, and Mary Ann McKenzie.  She was preceded in death by her son Bobby Jo.



Susan DeBates Walters Passed Away


Susan (Suzi) Ruth DeBates Walters died at home on December 28, 2021. She was born at 8:25pm on February 19, 1943 in Moline, Illinois, the eldest of 3 daughters to Albert Louis DeBates and Velma Ruth Peterson DeBates. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church of Moline. She was an honor graduate of Moline High School and a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Black Hawk Community College at Rock Island, Illinois for 2 years before transferring to Texas Lutheran College (now T.L.U.) in Seguin, Texas where she was a member of the SIGMA TAU Sorority. She graduated with a degree in Education on January 12th, 1966. Susan was offered a job immediately upon graduation by the Principal where she completed her student teaching. She taught at Weinert Elementary for 2 ½ years before going to San Antonio. Susan met her future husband, James R. Walters, then a pharmacy student at U.T. Austin on a blind date in Austin while visiting a classmate from T.L.C. They started dating and married 2 years later on May 31, 1969. After his graduation, they moved to Midlothian, then DeSoto, then Duncanville where they resided for over 40 years before moving back to Midlothian. Susan taught at various schools until she retired from Jackson Middle School in the Grand Prairie I.S.D. They had 3 wonderful children; Tracy, Tigh, and Troy. All 3 graduated from Duncanville High School. In addition, Tracy graduated from U.T. Arlington, Tigh graduated from U.T. Austin and Troy graduated with his doctorate from Texas Tech U. Susan is survived by her husband, James Walters, her daughter, Tracy Reuter and husband Cliff, son Tigh Walters and wife Christi, son Troy Walters, sister Karen Thorsvold and husband Roger, sister Teresa Schwartz and husband Carl, grandson Preston A. Reuter, granddaughter Kimberley Payton Walters, sister-in-law Sandra Vestal and husband Ken, sister-in-law Judith Miguez and husband Ricky, many nieces and nephews and many very dear friends.

Virginia Kizer Brooks Passed Away

Virginia “Ginger” May Brooks, age 78, of New London, Mo., passed away at 3:18 pm Friday, May 27, 2022, at her home. Ginger was born on November 26, 1943, in Moline, IL the daughter of Kenneth and Sylvia (Tapley) Kizer. She was united in marriage to Everett Brooks on May 5, 1962, in Monroe City, Mo.

Gay Patricia Konecky Passed Away

Gay Konecky was born on April 25, 1943, in Moline, Illinois. She passed away in Springfield, Missouri, on December 17, 2021. No obituary can be found and further information

Scott Ferguson Passed Away

Scott K. Ferguson, 77, of Brownsburg, IN, passed away February 9, 2020. He was born September 2, 1942 in Waterloo, Iowa to the late Robert and Marjorie (Green) Ferguson. He was a graduate of the College of William and Mary. He was a Certified Financial Planner and joined Halter Ferguson Financial in 1995. Scott was a football star in high school—scoring five touchdowns in the first half of one game before being pulled at halftime. He was an accomplished sprinter and once silvered in the 200-meter sprint for all of Division III track while at William & Mary. Scott attended Connection Pointe in Brownsburg, Indiana and was active in the Great Banquet at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. He was a veteran in the U.S. Army, managing an evac hospital during the Vietnam War in the Medical Service Corps, and attained the rank of Captain. He enjoyed wine collecting and driving cars. Scott is survived by his wife of 54 years, Pamela (Hurt) Ferguson; two sons, Robert (Jessica) Ferguson and Bradford (Ann-Marie) Ferguson; four grandchildren, Bridget, Margaret, Mara, and Zachariah; one brother, Bruce (Michelle) Ferguson; niece, Jennifer Nuttall and nephew, Eric Ferguson.

Sharon Feers Roegge Passed Away

Sharon K. Roegge, 74, of White Haven was called home to her eternal rest on June 12, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born in Davenport, Iowa, daughter of the late Harold and Donna (Rose) Feers. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hazleton, PA.She was deeply involved in Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML), the women's auxiliary of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, serving in various offices at the zone level in both the New England and SELC Districts. She also served as a member of both the Gospel Outreach and Mission, Grants and Advisory Committees at the national level, and Chairman of the Mission and Grants Committee. Most recently she was serving as District President of the LWML SELC District. She has served in many offices of various parent teacher organizations of her children's schools often filling in an administrative capacity in the school's office at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. She also worked as a bank teller for twenty years. Sharon is survived by her husband Don Roegge whom she married on May 4, 1968, her three children: Catherine Wolkowicz and her husband Joseph, their two children Tyler and Logan of Whately, MA., Christine Conklin and her husband George and their children Hayden and Kolby, Sandy Hook, CT, David Roegge and Andrea Rivera and their son Hunter, Melville, NY, two sisters: Georgia Dettmann, Canon City, CO, Yvonne Campbell, Moline, IL., and several nieces and nephews.

Judith Ann Longabaugh Minucci Paased Away

Judith Ann (Longabaugh) Minucci, 74, formerly of Barnstable, died at home in Osterville on February 17, 2018. She was raised in Moline, Illinois, to parents Margery and John L., who instilled in her a hard work ethic. At 13, she detasseled corn in 100 degree heat for 25 cents an hour. At age 16 she decorated and managed a dress shop while going to high school, where she was awarded the American Legion award for the most outstanding female student. She left Illinois at age 19 to build a life in Boston, where she attended Chamberlain School of Retailing. There she was smitten by a young man working security at Jordan Marsh. She and Albert were married for 52 years. They moved to Cape Cod and raised two children, Lisa and Lara, now of a brother, Dr. James L. Longabaugh of San Luis Obispo, California.


John Sellers Has Passed

John Allan Sellers, age 76, of Beech Grove, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019. He was born on November 24, 1942 in Iowa to the late John E. and Helen M. (Walker) Sellers. John served in the U.S. Navy. He married Shelby (Noles) on June 13, 1965. John received his Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from Purdue University. He worked as a design engineer for more than 20 years. He was an automobile enthusiast and he also enjoyed fishing. John is survived by his children, Daniel (Crystal) Sellers and Laura Sellers; grandchild, Hannah Davis; brother, Patrick (Susan) Sellers; and sisters, Sandy (Mike) Cockerill and Sally Sellers. John was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Shelby Sellers; his parents, John E. Sellers and Helen M. Sellers; and brother, Jim Sellers.


Carmen Marshall Has Passed


Paula Thomsen Buford Has Passed

Paula Buford, 78, of Silvis, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus Silvis. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Moline.  Memorials may be made to the family. Paula was born on July 23, 1943, in Moline, the daughter of Hans and Phyllis (Baker) Thomsen. She married James Buford on June 20, 1970.  Paula took pleasure in tending to her home and she loved sewing and knitting.  She enjoyed traveling, planting flowers, and taking pictures of her beautiful garden. Survivors include her husband, James; daughters, Crystal Pauley, Melissa (Jason) Vaughn; sons, Jeffrey Hawotte, Douglas Hawotte; grandchildren, Brittney Delles (Justin) Ashby, Brandon (Jennifer) Delles, Garret Hawotte; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Jan (Ed) Hill, Cindy (Steve) Johnson; and 6 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents and son-in-law, Kim.


Dana Lloyd Burgner Has Passed

  Dana Lloyd Burgner, 78, of Rock Island, IL, born August 12, 1943, in Moline, IL, died Sunday, February 13, 2022, in Swansea, IL, after a courageous battle with dementia. Lloyd graduated high school in Moline, IL.  He worked as a tool and die maker in Rock Island, IL, and later at Navistar, Inc, in Springfield, OH.  He retired from Navistar in 2004.  Lloyd was a United States Marine Corps veteran. Mr. Burgner was a devoted family man. He loved working with his hands to build things. Lloyd also enjoyed watching his grandson, Daulton, play basketball. He was a member of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dana and Helen, nee Harris, Burgner; and a brother, Charles Burgner.  Surviving are his loving wife of 58 years, Carol, nee Stotts, Burgner, whom he married in 1963 in Rock Island, IL; three sons, Rick Burgner, Chuck Burgner, and Jeff (Jen) Burgner; and two grandchildren, Karl Burgner, son of Rick Burgner and Daulton Burgner, son of Jeff and Jen.

Susan Swanson Kernc Has Passed


Susan Swanson Kernc passed away on April 15, 2021, in Longmont, Colorado.  She attended the University of Illinois College of Nursing. She was married to William F. Kernc. No further information is available.


Carolyn Jean Bergstrom Bohl Has Passed

Carolyn Jean Bohl (Bergstrom), age 79, passed away peacefully at home on October 15th at her residence. Carolyn was born on August 2nd, 1943 to parents Katherine and Richard Bergstrom.  She graduated Moline High School in 1961 and attended Moline Community College. She married her high school sweetheart Theodore Bohl II on August 25th, 1962 in Moline. Together they established a flourishing tool and die company in 1969; Bohl Machine & Tool is still operating in Milan, Illinois. Carolyn was a hard worker and even conducted business into the last months of her life. When she wasn’t working, she loved to play cards and games, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In her hay day, she enjoyed a good party and loved to boogie on the dance floor. Her vibrant life will be cherished and remembered by her children: Stephannie Bohl and Tim (Amy) Bohl, her grandchildren; Jassimine Dixon, Julia Biermann, and Theodore Bohl III; her devoted in-law family members: Luke Dixon, Markus Kenney, and Tori Bohl; her great-grandchildren: Ayden Kenney, Clyde Kenney, Clement Kenney, Juliet Deluth, Dylan Bohl, and Bentley Bohl; her sister and brother-in-law Bev and Bill Hill; and a host of caring nieces, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband, and a brother. 


Margaret Winters Mills Has Passed

Margaret R. Mills, 78, of Moline, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2022 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. Margaret was born November 27, 1943 in Moline, the daughter of Adrian and Reva (Yeager) Winters, Sr. She married John Cervantes on September 18, 1965 in Moline. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1985. She married Robert Mills on August 26, 1995 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He preceded her in death on July 19, 2007. Margaret retired from Metropolitan Medical Lab, Davenport as a Supervisor of Cytotechnologists in 2009 after 40 years of employment with the lab. In her younger years, Margaret enjoyed volleyball, bowling, gardening and needle work. Throughout her lifetime, she liked to travel and especially enjoyed road trips. She was thrilled to become a grandmother of Mateo, Anya, Levi and Veronica and loved to visit them. She was a very proud mom and grandma and treasured all of her family. Additionally she is survived by her children, Darren (Brandy) Cervantes, Corvallis, OR and Catherine Cervantes (Christian Fine), Capitola, CA; step-children, Tom Hartshorn, WA, Lisa Brown, WA, and Cindy Martin, CA, and several step-grandchildren; sister, Judith Watson, Rancho Cordova, CA and brother, Robert Winters (Evan Kelly), St. Paul, MN and significant other, Vic Bunge, Fulton, IL. She was preceded in death by her brothers, John and Adrian Winters.


Larry R. Gibbs Has Passed

Larry R. Gibbs, 79, of Crete, Illinois died Thursday, February 24, 2022 at St. James Manor in Crete. Graveside services are 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 4th at Greenview Memorial Gardens, 1201 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline, Illinois.  Memorials may be left for Quad City Animal Welfare Center in memory of Larry and his sister Marilyn.  Dennison Funeral Home, Viola is handling arrangements. Larry Ray was born December 30, 1942 in Missouri, the son of Forrest and W. Lola Crow Gibbs.  After teaching for almost five years in Pekin, Illinois, he moved to the Chicago area to teach in the Rich Township High School District.  He later was a professor at a local college.  Larry was a Civil War enthusiast… he was involved in several clubs and traveled the United States giving presentations and participating in reenactments.  Larry was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinal fan, as well as just being a fan of baseball.  He enjoyed keeping up with his family’s activities and sporting events. Those left to cherish his memory are several cousins including Rosemary (Lloyd) Cook of Viola and their children and grandchildren who will miss their “Crazy Uncle Larry”, and his friend:  Mary Wille of Crete. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister:  Marilyn Gibbs.


Jerry Lee Thomas Has Passed

Jerry Lee Thomas passed away on August 26, 2019, in San Diego, California. He was born on November 15, 1943, in Moline, Illinois. We cannot locate an obituary for him at this time. We know that he was a Lt. Commander in the Navy, served during the Vietnam War Era, was a medical doctor, and lived in San Diego (or that area), He may have married Linell L. Poethicon on December 10, 1966, in San Diego, CA.


Judy Rhea Claerhout Has Passed

Judith Ann Claerhout, 77, passed away on July 17, 2021. A native of Moline, IL., Judy was born to Gerald and Helen Rhea on December 2, 1943. She graduated from Moline High school and Blackhawk College. Her love of dance and performing arts earned her lead roles in local summer stock productions. In 1962 she won the honor of Miss Moline and represented her city in the Miss Illinois pageant. This set the stage for meeting the love of her life, Bill. As a swimmer and law student who wasn't interested in beauty queens, he realized Judy had brains too! Fireworks ensued following a Fourth of July proposal and they were married September 5, 1964. Their love never fizzled and the celebration continued for over 56 years! Judy spent 50 years as a volunteer in civic, service, and school organizations. While living in Las Vegas she worked as a Fashion Coordinator and received a "Woman of Achievement" award in 1988. To catch up with Judy, you had to lace up. She was a top runner in her age group in 10k races for over 30 years. She also loved to bike, hike, snow ski, ice skate, and work out. She climbed Mt. Charleston, near Las Vegas, several times. And her thrill rides in gliders and hot air balloons had her family praying from below. Judy was also known for her impeccable taste for crafting, decorating, and etiquette. She even used a ruler when corresponding with her hand written notes and cards. When Bill retired in 2000, he and Judy moved to the pines of Payson, AZ. They enjoyed the small town and mountain air for almost 20 years. Her love for her family was unconditional and never-ending. She lived every day with grace, class, kindness, and love. In addition to her husband, Judy is survived by her daughters, Cindy (Gary) Soultanian of Scottsdale, Carin (Gus) Gallett of Phoenix, five grandchildren, whom she adored, and her sister, Lora (Eric) Diamond of Coldspring, Texas.


Larry Bentrim Has Passed

Larry V. Bentrim, 77, of Roseville, Illinois, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Roseville Rehab and Health Care, Roseville. Private graveside services be will Monday, March 22, at Rock Island National Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted. Larry Vern Bentrim was born March 23, 1943, in Davenport; the son of Laverne Frank and Thelma (Gilger) Bentrim. His childhood hometown was Moline. Larry graduated from Moline High School, Class of 1961. After graduation, he was employed at the former “Plantation” Restaurant. Larry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965 serving in Germany. With the completion of his military service, he returned to the Quad City area, working as a draftsman for the Corps of Engineers, Rock Island Arsenal. At this time, Larry obtained his associate degree from Black Hawk College, Moline. He then worked for John Deere Plow and Planter, Moline. Larry enjoyed fishing trips with friends to Wisconsin and Michigan. Larry completed his career as he began, in the food industry. For many years, he served as head chef at Lunardis’ Restaurant, Davenport. Those left to cherish his memory are his twin sister, Mary VanHoorebeke, Johnston, Iowa, his sister, Bonnie Johnson, Silvis; nieces, Deb Curtis, Ankey, Iowa, Pam (Mark) Stehn, Rock Island, Tina (Roy) Stevens, Beloit, Wis., Laurie Sweeney, Cambridge, Minn., and Jen Bentrim, Golden Valley, Minn.; nephews, Michael Van Hoorebeke, Austin, Texas, Steven VanHoorebeke, Bettendorf, Scott (Carol) Johnson, Edgington, Ill., Randy Johnson, Chicago, Todd (Staci) Johnson, Elkhart, Kan., Tim (Penni) Bentrim, Bellingham, Wash., Jeff (Angela) Bentrim, Calgary AB, Canada; many great-nieces, great-nephews; and best friends since kindergarten, Michael (Melissa), Stentoumis, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William Bentrim; his sister-in-law, Carol Bentrim; and his brother-in-law, Paul VanHoore



Tom Blade Has Passed

Thomas Arthur Blade, 77, of Rock Island, passed away Monday, January 04, 2021, at his residence. Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family service will be held at this time. Due to covid there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers Tom asked for memorials to be made to First Lutheran Church. Tom was born on August 4, 1943, in Moline, the son of Carl and Mildred (Gillen) Blade. He married Kathryn Anne Swanson on July 12, 1980 at First Lutheran Church, Moline. Tom received his BA from Augustana College, MA from the University of Illinois, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago. For 50 years Tom served as a Lawyer at Blade Law Office P.C., Moline. Tom was a lifelong member at First Lutheran Church, Moline. His hobbies included reading, chess, puzzles, games, trivia, and watching movies. Survivors include his wife, daughters, Sarah (Jason) Nunn, Carol (James) Kumm; grandchildren, Trevor, Carson, & Maddox Nunn, Madison & Thomas Kumm. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, Carl Jr., and sister, Mary Murphy.


Duane Becker Has Passed

Duane Kent Becker, 77, of Moline, passed away, Monday, November 30, 2020, at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, East. Cremation rites will be accorded. A drive by memorial visitation will be from 2-4 p.m., Friday, December 4, 2020, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Moline. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, East Moline. Duane was born on June 13, 1943, in Moline, the son of Harold and Mary (Garland) Becker. He married Judith L. Adams on January 1, 1964, in Silvis. Duane worked for John Deere Harvester Moline and East Moline until he retired. Survivors include his wife, Judy; children, Lori Love, Rock Island, Christie Springfield, Moline; brother, Kenneth Becker; 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Calvin John Becker.


James R. Seeley Has Passed

James "Jim" Russell Seeley, 77, Independence, Missouri went to heaven Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Jim was the son of Daniel & Arlene Seeley. He was preceded in death by; his brother, David Seeley, "The Moline Mad Man". Jim was born in Moline, Illinois on January 14, 1943. He was lovingly married to Janice (Orf) Seeley in Denver, Colorado, May 25, 1985. To this union, thy bounded the most beautiful family. Five children; sons, Scott and Jeff Seeley; daughter, Terri Seeley and step sons, Todd Anderson and Shawn Anderson. Surviving relatives include: Scott Seeley, Jeff Seeley (wife, Cheryl), Terri Seeley (husband, Gary Massuco); grandchildren; Sydney and Justin Seeley; Tyler and Trevor Seeley, Victor Anderson and his forever four legged friend, Tori. Jim also leaves a life long, treasured friend of 50 + years and his college trainer, Mickey Cobb and sister in law, Sandy (Seeley) Copley and Jim's beloved nephew, Jason and niece Amy. Jim had various careers; he coached team sports in both Illinois and Colorado. He also worked in pest management. Jim always made a point of turning work into fun, in that one of his great joys in life was to be a friend and mentor to all.


Russell Ahrens Has Passed

Russell LeRoy Ahrens, 77, of Moline, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at his residence. Russell was born on February 15, 1943, in Moline, the son of Russell and Iola (Wagner) Ahrens. He married Karen Marcella Pointer on December 2, 1994, in Moline. He worked for John Deere Seeding for 30 years. Russell was a member of Calvary Church of the Quad Cities. He raised and raced quarter horses and was a rodeo bull rider. He enjoyed his antique Pontiac cars, was a diehard Chicago Bears fan and loved watching Big 10 college football. Survivors include his wife, Karen Ahrens; children, Kelly (Paul) Cook, Hampton, Ronald James "RJ" (Anna Lacy) Severtsgaard, Birmingham, AL; granddaughter, Tera (Troy) Thompson, Hampton; great grandson, Dylan Thompson, Hampton; brothers-in-law, Kevin (Rachel) Pointer, Schriever, LA, and Kirk (Michelle) Amador, Orion, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Delbert Ahrens.

Lawrence "Larry" Edwards Has Passed

Lawrence J. "Larry" Edwards, 77, of Colona, Illinois, died Thursday, September 10, 2020, at Royal Oaks Nursing Home in Kewanee, Illinois. Lawrence James Edwards was born March 11, 1943, in Clinton, Iowa, to James Woodrow and Maxine (Denlinger) Edwards. He graduated from Moline High School in 1951 and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy for three years. He married Nancy Kay

Bauersfeld in 1965, in Rock Island. She died January 7, 2019. He worked for the Rock Island Arsenal as a tool and dye maker, retiring in 1995. He loved being outdoors, especially fishing and hunting with his family. He and his wife, Nancy, enjoyed traveling, especially to see the ocean, Alaska, and going on cruises. He was a 3rd degree blackbelt and taught Taekwondo, and was a competitive trapshooter. Above all else, family was the most important thing to Larry. Larry is survived by two daughters, Cholette (Steve) Carroll of Galva, Illinois, and Cynthia (Christopher) Lancour of Moline, Illinois; grandchildren, Amanda Carroll, Dylan (Reiha) Carroll, Talon Lancour, Paige Lancour, Shaunna Sullivan, David Sullivan, and Lacy Beaver; great-grandchildren, Althea Coulter, Maisyn Carroll, Emmarie Carroll, Weston and Nolan Lancour, Larry Roe, Jr., and Shalyn, Arianna and Chloe Roe, Kyrstyn Shoppa, and Autumn and Winter Miller; and his beloved dog, Lady. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; daughters, Teresa Ann Edwards and Lorry Beaver; and a brother, Gerald Edwards.

Pamela Willits Weber Has Passed

Pamela Kay Weber (Willits), 77, of Moline, died, Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Unity Point Trinity, Rock Island. Pam was born on March 22, 1943, in Oklahoma City, OK.  She was the daughter of Frank and Kathryn Willits.  Pam graduated from Moline High School, where she met Jim Weber, the summer before her senior year.  She attended Black Hawk College, where she was a member of Beta Phi Gamma, National honorary journalistic fraternity.  Jim and Pam married on November 30, 1963. While they were married, Pam worked as an administrative assistant, helping put Jim through college. Pam and Jim raised three children (Greg, Brad, and Wendi) in Moline.  Pam was active in her children’s education, as well as being a constant and enthusiastic cheerleader in all her children’s passions, including sports and theatre.  Pam had many close friends in Moline.  She was a highly competitive and very skilled bridge player and participated in many bridge groups over the years.  Later in life, to be closer to Jim, Pam took up golf.  They enjoyed golfing and watching golf tournaments on TV together.  After Jim died, in 2013, Pam was blessed to have many close friends to comfort her and help her whenever needed. Pam is survived by her children, Greg Weber (Beth) of Davenport, IA, Brad Weber (Becky) of Carmel, IN, and Wendi Weber of Chicago, IL; five grandchildren, Quinn, Lexi, Liz, Adam, and Grant Weber; one great grandchild, Delilah Weber; her sister-in-law Jan Weber; and a nephew and two nieces, Dave Weber, Maria Boustead and Jenny Draper.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Weber.

Mike Roman Passes Away

Born on June 15, 1943, in Madrid, Iowa to Maggie and Mike Roman. He lived in Moline, where he graduated from Moline High School, class of 1961. Mick was a proud veteran of the Vietnam war where he served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant from 1968-1970; amongst his commendations/decorations was the Purple Heart. After returning, he met and then married the love of his life, Rosalie Roman (Van Meter), on Sept. 3, 1971. They moved to the Alpha/Woodhull area in 1971, expanding their family to five children and many horses and pets through the years. Mick worked at John Deere (Harvester) for 35 years — Go Green! He was a longtime member of the American Legion. Mick and Rosalie eventually retired to Mesa, Ariz., in 1999, coming back to their hometown area as often as they could to visit family and friends. Mick was widely known and recognized for his mustache/beard. His picture from basic training would be one of the only times in his life without it. Although he enjoyed fishing and antiquing, Mick's greatest loves were his family; he is survived and will be missed by his wife, Rosalie; sister, Sheila "Susie" Ausmus (Jim); daughter, Kim Becka; son, Jeff Becka; son, Mike Becka (Becky); daughter, Tracey Bannochie; daughter, Michelle Roman. Perhaps where Mick showed even more pride was with his seven amazing grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. His nieces and nephew fondly remember him as a favorite uncle, full of sass, spirit, and laughs. Preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Maggie Roman, and his brother, Tom Dunn, all of whom he loved deeply. His expansive list of friends, both those who have already passed on and those grieving his loss would easily describe Mick Roman as simply One of the Best! Until his last days, he would express his wonder and appreciation that his wife took such amazing care of him and "put up with him." The family is in great appreciation of the doctors, nurses, hospice care and first responders who have treated us so well.

David R. Haas Passes Away

David Robert Haas, 76, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2019, in Denison, TX. David was born in Erie, Pennsylvania to Robert Carl Haas and Eleanor Haas. He has two brothers, Gary Haas (wife Linda) of Cleveland, Ohio and Doug Haas (wife Anna Leigh) of Atlanta, Georgia. He lived in several places as a child and went to high school in Moline, IL where he played football. He then went to University of Nebraska. After college he moved to Wayne, PA, where he met Nancy, his wife of 55 years. He was in the Army Reserves and then took flying lessons to fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot. He flew as a temporary fill in for Mack Truck in Allentown, PA and then moved to Texas in 1969 to fly for Ken Davis Industries. From there he went to Electronic Data Systems and retired in 2007. For fun, Dave enjoyed boating on Lake Texoma for many years and after selling his boat loved playing golf with Nancy and friends. He was sensitive, witty (always up for a debate) and a fantastic cook. He leaves behind: his wife, Nancy, daughter Kathy Spadoni and husband Len daughter Kristen Kromer and husband Kyle along with four grandchildren: Zachary Spadoni, Matt Spadoni, Kirin Kromer Mc Williams (husband Kyle), and Preston Kromer and nieces, Erica Copeland and Baleigh Haas.

Here are more details from correspondence from his wife Nancy to Vicki:

September 23, 2019

"Vicki, I was looking through some emails and found your address and wanted to share with you what has happened to Dave. He had a cardiac arrest on May 19th and was recovering nicely with a pacemaker /defibralator. On July 7 27th he had a bad accident and rolled his truck. I was behind him in my car and he just swerved off the road. Truck was totaled and he was air vacced to trauma hospital. Broken neck at C6/C7 He was on ventilator until this week and still has a trach collar. No feeling beneath his legs. He is in specialty hospital near home now so I go home at night. Progress is very slow but hopefully he will be able to improve. I do not have JoAnn's email and would appreciate your letting her know. Hope you are all well. Nancy"

September 26, 2019

"Vicki: Just wanted to let you know that we had to remove Dave from support this morning. He had infection and respiratory failure.

He was ready and we know he would not have liked to be an invalid. He was much too active for that. My girls and I are doing well because we know this was the right thing to do. Nancy"

Eugene E. Johnson Passes Away

Eugene E. Johnson, 77, of Moline, passed away Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.

The family will host a celebration of Eugene's life at a later date. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island, assisted the family with arrangements.

Eugene was born Feb. 7, 1943, in Moline, a son of Edward and Dorothy Lawrick Johnson.

Surviving are his sons, Tim, Paul , Pete and Joel Johnson; significant other, Judith Durbin; and two nieces, Nina Johnson and Zina Karstez.

Claude Lawrence Passes Away

Claude Lawrence, an esteemed stage, film and television producer and production manager, has died.  He was 75.  Lawrence died Thursday, February 20, 2020, from disease complications at UnityPoint Trinity West Medical Center in Rock Island, IL, his son Beau Lawrence confirmed through a representative. The Alabama-born film-maker moved to Nashville in 1965 to join the WSM-Television Company, and began his film career as an original company member at The Grand Ole Opry, the Johnny Cash Show and Hee Haw.  Lawrence made his way to Hollywood in 1975 for Dallas, Knots Landing, and Eight is Enough, and The Waltons. This was soon followed by his work in Thrashin’ (1986), and a number of other films and shows, until his retirement in the early 2000s. Claude was married to Clare Hartnett Lawrence from 1971 until her death in 2016.  He is survived by daughter, Cee Cee Lawrence, sons, Beau Lawrence and Devin Lawrence, and four grandchildren, Ashley Clare, Balencia, Leila and Clarissa.

Ron Anderson Passes Away

Ronald “Ron” Anderson, 76, of Moline, passed on Nov. 1, 2019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Ron was born on May 24, 1943, in Freeport, Ill., the son of Ralph W. and Mary (Ledbetter) Anderson. Ron was a U.S. Veteran, serving in the Air Force. He married Carolyn D. Stroebel on Feb. 16, 1963, in Glenburn, N.D. He retired from Deere & Co. in 1994 as a sheet metal supervisor. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and woodworking. Above all, Ron loved to spend his time with his grandchildren and great-grandson. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; children, Jim (Lisa) Anderson, Omaha, Neb., Sharon Anderson, Moline, and Doug (Heather) Anderson, Coal Valley; grandchildren, Josh, Tyler, Katherine, Emma and Maddie; great-grandson, Kaiden; sister, Patty (Lenny) Johnson, Wisconsin; nieces, Karen Johnson, Susan Freeman and Nancy (Garry) Barnett. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jack Harlan Anderson Passes Away

Jack Harlan Anderson, 77, of Moline, Illinois, died Wednesday, December 19, 2018, in UnityPoint Health – Trinity Rock Island. .Jack was born October 17, 1941, in Davenport, Iowa, to Erik and Helen (Beck) Anderson. He married Donna Cavanaugh in 1968, and they were later divorced. He married his long-time companion, De Lila VanWinkle, on July 25, 2016. He retired from the Rock Island Post Office after many years. He enjoyed watching golf and movies, and his dogs. Jack is survived by his wife, De Lilah; his son, Scott Anderson of Royal Oak, Michigan; and his sister and brother-in-law, Terry and William Corwin of Valley City, North Dakota.

Jim Jamieson Passes Away

Moline's Jamieson, PGA Tour vet, '72 Western Open champ, is dead at 75. Jim Jamieson was one of the best golfers to ever come out of the Quad-Cities area and a fellow pro had no doubts as to what Jamieson could have done on the PGA Tour had things panned out a little differently.“If he had made it on the Tour, he would have been a real star,” said Jim Hasley, who worked with Jamieson when they were both young golfers in the Quad-Cities. It didn’t quite work out that way for Jamieson, who grew up in Moline and was an all-state golfer for the Maroons. With one PGA Tour victory, he showed flashes of brilliance in an era when Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Gary Player were the marquee players. Jamieson, who won the 1972 Western Open, contended at some of golf’s biggest events against the best in the game when he was in his prime. He passed away Wednesday in his adopted home state of West Virginia. The Vietnam war veteran was 75. “He was vibrant. People loved him,” said Hasley, the long-time local teaching professional. “He always smiled and waved at people. Even when he got successful, he recognized people and his hometown friends in the crowd. Not many people do that – they keep their eyes right down the middle and don’t want any distractions. He was gregarious.”Jamieson was also a behind-the-scenes mover of the success of what is now the John Deere Classic. Hasley said that Jamieson was a guy on Tour at the time who talked up the Quad-Cities and helped recruit players here for a fledgling event. That 1971 satellite tournament at Crow Valley Country Club proved to be the start of a budding relationship with the PGA Tour that blossomed into the JDC and the building of the PGA Tour’s TPC Deere Run golf facility. Another local with as many ties to the game as Jamieson said that the former PGA Tour pro was still proud of his roots. “Whenever he saw me, he wouldn’t yell ‘Hey, Tony,’ he would always yell ‘Hey, Maroons,’” said Tony Navarro, a veteran PGA Tour caddie from the Quad-Cities. “As soon as I heard that, I knew exactly who it was.” Navarro said Jamieson was always interested in happenings in the Quad-Cities above and beyond the PGA Tour event. “He would always ask about the basketball back here,” Navarro said of the former standout Moline basketball player. “And Wharton Field House.” Born in Michigan, Jamieson’s family moved to Moline when he was 2. He became enamored with the game of golf and was a two-time prep all-stater for the Maroons. He went on to help Oklahoma State win an NCAA team title in 1963 when he finished tied for 44th individually. The 1967 Illinois State Amateur winner earned his PGA Tour card in 1969.

Ron Hayes Passes Away

Ronald D. Hayes, 75, of Mahomet, Ill., formerly of Moline, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana, Ill. Funeral services were celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. He was buried at Rock Island National Cemetery, where military rites were conducted by the Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 299. Ron was born Jan. 16, 1943, in Moline, the son of James and Margaret (Bardoel) Hayes. He married Debbie Gilworth in July of 1981 in Moline. Ron graduated from Moline High School in 1961. He served in the United States Army and served one tour in Vietnam. Ron retired from the Moline Police Department in June 1992 after 20 years of service. He then became E 911 coordinator in various Illinois counties over the span of several years until his permanent retirement in 2005. Ron was a very friendly man and had a compassionate heart. He was a diehard Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Debbie; son Jason (Holly) Hayes; grandchildren, Evan, Nolan, Aaron and Lily Hayes; and his brother, Danny Hayes. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Lyman Twing Passes Away

Lyman L. Twing, 74, of Moline, and Port Angeles, Wash., died tragically on Sept. 3, 2018, from a fall while clearing trees along a cliff at his home in Port Angeles. He died after apparently falling down a bluff behind his home on Island View Road, Port Angeles, Washington. The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office started searching for Lyman Twing on Monday night after his wife, Phyllis Twing, reported that she was afraid he fell from the cliff where he was working. “He told his wife he was just going to go out and finish picking stuff up and be done for the evening, but he never came back,” Detective Eric Munger said. Munger said all indications are that it was an accidental death. His wife reported him missing at about 9:36 p.m., Munger said. Deputy Don Kitchen arrived at about 10:20 p.m. and by 11 p.m. had found Twing’s body on the beach about 40 to 50 feet below where he was working, Munger said. Clallam County Search and Rescue had recovered his body by about 3 a.m. Tuesday. Twing had been out cutting trees from near the bluff most of the day. He ate dinner with his wife, told her he was tired and that he was just going to finish up what he was doing before putting things away for the night. When Twing did not return within a couple hours, his wife became worried. She went out to check on him but couldn’t find him. She yelled for him and tried to call his cellphone several times, but did not get any response. Twing’s truck was found parked by the bluff with a cable still attached and his ladder and chainsaw were where he had been working.Lyman was born Nov. 7, 1943, in Moline, to Florence and Lester Twing. On May 2, 1964, he married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Peterson, in Geneseo. Together they have three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Lyman graduated from Moline High School in 1961 and then became a Tool and Die Maker, having served his apprenticeship at E.G. Erickson Engineering in Moline. For a few years, he also worked in Milwaukee, Wis., later retiring from John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline, in 1975. That same year, he started his own business, Track Ties Unlimited, which specialized in the removal and salvage of abandoned railroad lines. In 1985, when his son, Tim, joined him as a partner, they expanded the company to include building new and repairing existing railroad tracks, bridges, tunnels and crossings for numerous companies throughout the United States. They renamed the company, Frontier Track Inc. He later started another company, Twing Construction, which specialized in custom rail and dirt work. Lyman had many skills, from building two custom homes with his wife to building pistol and rifle ranges for gun clubs where he was a member. He was an avid hunter, an accomplished competitive high-power rifle shooter with a master classification, a trap and skeet shooter, and a gunsmith and gun consultant. He was a member of the Milan Rifle Club, serving on its board of directors for several years, a life member of the Schuetzen Club, the Port Angeles Gun Club, the Peninsula Rifle & Pistol Club, the Poulsbo Sportsman Club, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, the Elk Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, the Illinois State Rifle Association, and Friends of the NRA. Lyman was a life member of the NRA, and a true champion of our Constitution’s Second Amendment and Bill of Rights protecting gun owners. All that knew him were aware of how passionate he was in his beliefs concerning our right to keep and bear arms. Adding so much enjoyment to his life were his black Labrador retrievers, Tug, Stella, Blue and Lager. Every day he would be with at least one or two of them, if not all of them, whether it be exercising, training, hunting, or just running errands. He touched many lives because of his love for his hobbies, interests, causes and businesses. He taught us all that anything was possible, not to be afraid to try new endeavors, and that we could accomplish anything that we put our minds, efforts and hard work toward. Lyman will live on in our memories because, as we know — he was “Something Else!!” Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Phyllis; his children, daughter, Tamara Wendt (Earl “Boo”), Moline, son, Timothy Twing, Moline, daughter, Lisa Greenwood (Greg), Davenport; grandchildren, Nathan Sadofsky (Kayla), Zachary Sadofsky (Johnette), Jacqueline and Morgan Twing and Madison Greenwood; great-grandchildren, Landon and Kara; sisters, Marjorie Lea, Rock Island, Cheryl Twing, Moline, and Sandra Sowers (Mike), Gulf Shores, Ala.; and brother, Jeffrey Twing (Audrey), Birmingham, Ala. He is also survived by his extended family of nieces, nephews, and several longtime friends; and his best buddies, Tug, Stella, Blue and Lager, who will forever be waiting for him to come home.

Robert A. Osborne Passes Away

Robert A. Osborne, 74, of East Moline, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at home. Robert was born Nov. 7, 1943, in Moline, the son of Samuel and Louise Gamble Osborne. He married Donna Reed in Rock Island on Jan. 9, 1982. Robert proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for four years during the Vietnam era. He received a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and continued with graduate work also at Augustana. Robert worked at Deere & Co. with a career spanning 36 years, retiring in 2001. He loved to play golf and participated in several competitive local teams and leagues. Robert worked as a committee chair and volunteer with the John Deere Classic for over 20 years. He loved watching his grandson, Isaac, play sports, especially golf. He was his pride and joy. Survivors include his wife, Donna; daughter, Amber (Matt) Rumler, Silvis; son, Michael Osborne, Texas; grandson, Isaac Rumler, Silvis; and brother, Gary (Jackie) Osborne, Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Carl Osborne; daughter, Nicole Osborne; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Vera and William Reed.

Kenneth L. Carlson Passes Away

Kenneth L. Carlson, Sr., 74, passed away at home on Saturday, March, 24, 2018. Ken was born on July 17, 1943, the son of Lowell and Viola Carlson. He attended Moline High School and graduated in 1961. During his high school days, Ken was an avid bowler and won the Dispatch Bowling Tournament his senior year. After high school, Ken joined the United States Army and proudly served for two years, mostly notably in Bad Kissingen, Germany. Upon his return from Germany, he married Diane Vroman on October 17, 1964, in Moline and celebrated 53 wonderful wedding anniversaries with her. Ken decided to make welding his career and worked as a welder at John Deere Harvester in East Moline. During this time, he continued bowling and also enjoyed golfing, fishing and coaching baseball and softball for his son and daughter’s grade school and junior high teams. In the years before retiring in 2003, Ken was in charge of the John Deere Harvester Welding Lab and accomplished his goals of becoming a Certified Welding Inspector and a Certified Welding Educator. This allowed him to pass on his love and knowledge of welding by teaching at Black Hawk College, Scott Community College and several other community colleges. It was during this time that he also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Kids Against Hunger. Ken’s two biggest passions in life were spending time with his family, including his faithful companion, Lady, and fishing. Fishing took him and his wife to Chetek, Wis., at least once each summer for over 25 years. He always marveled at the beauty of Northwest Wisconsin and often commented on how it was “God’s Country.” Chetek seemed to love him, too, since it rewarded him with thousands of crappie to clean throughout the years. He was also a big fan of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs but believed he would not live long enough to see the Cubs win a World Series. Early in the morning on November 3, 2016, he was never so happy to have been proven wrong. Ken is survived by his wife, Diane; two children, Kenneth Jr. (Deanna) Carlson, McDonough, GA, and Tracy (Joe) Berhenke, Rock Island; grandson, Luke Carlson; step grandchildren, Ally Berhenke and Reese Berhenke; three step great grandchildren, Kobey, Avah, and Paisley; sisters Karen VanQuathem, Urbandale, Iowa, Kathy Murphy, Cambridge, and Gayelene (Bruce) Johnson, Cambridge; brother, Ronald (Ruth Ann) Carlson, Sr., Livonia, MI; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Fredrick Baraks Passes Away

Fredrick H. Baraks, age 74, of Warsaw, Missouri, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017, at Boone Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He was born on July, 2, 1943, in Moline, Illinois, the son of Raymond L. and Nellie M. Maas Baraks.  Fred graduated high school in Moline, Illinois, and on November 17, 1967, he was united in marriage to Janice K. Gibson. They made their home in Coal Valley and he worked for the city as the water and sewer superintendent. In 1982, Fred came to Truman Lake in Missouri on a fishing trip and after several days fishing, a marina owner told him that he was a pretty good fisherman and should move to Missouri and become a guide, so that’s what he did. He moved his family to Warsaw in June of 1984 and was a fishing guide out of Osage Bluff Marina on Truman Lake.  Around 1990 Fred and Jan started going to Florida for the winters and Fred was a guide on Lake Okeechobee. He also got his Boat Captains License so he was able to guide on any water including the ocean. He was a member and past president of the Truman Lake Guides Association, the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce, and Faith Lutheran Church of Warsaw. He had also been a member of Lions Club back in Illinois.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and a granddaughter. He is survived by his wife Jan, of the home, a daughter, Sarah Brown, and her husband Randy, of Columbia, Missouri, a son, Raymond Baraks, of Blue Springs, Missouri, a sister, Nancy Smart, and her husband Roger, of E. Moline, Illinois, a brother, David Baraks, and his wife Georgia, of Coal Valley, Illinois, two grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and six step great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Harold L. Turner Passes Away

Harold L. Turner Jr., was born and raised in Moline, Illinois.He died in his sleep on October 2, 2017 in Wheat Ridge, CO, a suburb of of Denver. Hal earned his law degree from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and served as Assistant State's Attorney until he was drafted by the Army in 1967. Following his service in the Vietnam War, Hal established a law firm in Rockford, Illinois, where he practiced law for 40 years. After his retirement, he and his wife, Susan Turner moved to Denver, Colorado. Hal is survived by Susan, his wife of 49 years; his sons and daughters-in-law, Matt and Lori Turner and Ben and Lyric Turner; granddaughters, Lilia, Grace, and Ellery; twin sister, LuAnn Christiansen and sister, Mary Beth Turner; mother-in-law, Helen Milligan; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Michael and Theresa Milligan and Patrick and Connie Milligan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kim A. Johnson  Passes Away

Kim A. Johnson 74, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Doctor ‘s Hospital in Laredo, Texas. Kim Johnson was preceded in death by his parent, Leslie William and Vera Marie Johnson and a brother, Dennis L. Johnson.

Kim Johnson is survived by wife, Jan L. Johnson; son, Mark L. (Angela) Johnson; grand dog Kelly; sister Janice (Dave) Kuhn; nieces Sherry Kuhn, Cari Johnson Tracy Wagner, Suzie (Wade) Opland; nephew Steve (Karen) Kuhn and by numerous Johnson cousins, other family members and friends. A memorial was held on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:00 am. at Rose Garden Funeral Home. Kim Johnson was born in Moline IL. to Brick and Vera Johnson. Kim graduated from Moline High School in 1961 and attend the University of Illinois then moved Minneapolis where he met Jan Carlson they were married on April 17,1976 . Kim graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1981. Kim had numerous hobbies which included stock car racing, amateur radio operation, wood working, camping, fishing and enjoyed fixing just about anything that would come his way. After retirement he became a Winter Texan in Zapata, Texas and found made numerous friends, he volunteered at the VFW Post 7768 and the Falcon Lake Babes.

Thelma Timmerman Devin Passes Away

Thelma I. Devlin, 73, of Rock Island, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at St. Anthony's Care Center, Rock Island.There was no public services. She had a private burial is at Riverside Cemetery, Moline. She was born Feb. 24, 1943, in Moline, the daughter of Roy and Elma Parker Timmerman. She married Peter Devlin on Dec. 19, 1970, in Rock Island.She is survived by her husband, Peter, and was preceded in death by her parents.

Gerald L. Smith Passes Away

Gerald Smith, 73, born Oct. 11, 1943, in Moline, to Leonard and Vesta Smith, died March 13, 2017, at his home in Las Vegas, Nev.

For most of his life, he worked in the telecommunications field. Twice he achieved his stated goal of owning his own business. He also enjoyed working as a licensed pilot instructor and was a ham radio operator. During his lifetime he lived in multiple places; Alaska, Albuquerque, Boston, Italy, New York City, Santa Fe, San Jose and, most recently, Las Vegas.

He was preceded by his third wife, Mara. Gerald Smith is survived by his daughter, Sheri (Doug); his brother, Clarence (Charlene); his niece, Debbie Martini (Vince); his nephew, Rory (Mei); and three grandnephews.

Russell C. Holm Passes Away

Russell C. Holm, 73, of Moline, IL, went home to Jesus, as a result of Bulbar ALS, on Monday, November 7, 2016, at his home.
Russell was born on December 11, 1942, in Moline, IL, the son of Chester Frank and Mary Phyllis Bass Holm. He was self-employed.
Russell was a member of the former Moline Gospel Temple, enjoyed gardening, and studying Bible prophecy. He loved spending time with his family, especially his nieces, nephews, and his do
Survivors include his sister, Janice (David) Russell, Blue Grass, IA; brother, Dennis (Renee) Holm, East Moline, IL; 4 nieces, Kimberly (Andrew) Varner, Blue Grass, IA, Susan (Brandon) Reed, DeWitt, IA, Kristine (Scott) Jensen, Parkview, IA, and Jane (Jeffrey) Weime, Parkview, IA; 3 nephews, John (Ashley) Russell, Kansas City, MO, Wayne (Ashley) Holm, Davenport, IA, and Todd (Ellie) Berthroud, Littleton, CO; great nieces and nephews, Brooke, Taylor, Erik, Hunter, Brady, Drew, Jenna, Trent, and Jace.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

John "Johnny" C. Pancrazio Passes Away

John "Johnny" C. Pancrazio, 74, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Moline, passed away Oct. 14, 2016.  A military burial of his ashes will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Johnny was born July 31, 1942, in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Michael and Rosie Pancrazio. He graduated from Moline High School in 1961. Johnny was a U.S. Army Veteran serving three tours in Vietnam. He married Annie Hummel on June 20, 1998. Johnny continued to serve veterans at home by being a service officer in Illinois, Nevada and Arizona. He was a longtime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Johnny is survived by his wife, Annie Hummel Pancrazio; his daughter, Mae (David) Carter, grandsons, Alan and Alexander, Texas; daughter, Jamie Signorino and grandchildren, Anna, Anthony and Maria, Ohio; brothers, Jim (Dixie) Pancrazio, Moline, Mike (Sherry) Pancrazio, Davenport, and Edward (Sheryl) Pancrazio, Centerville, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Nellie DeRocker Maere Passes Away

Nellie J. Maere, 72, of Moline, IL, died on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline, IL.

Nellie was born on May 16, 1943, the daughter of Bertrand and Marie Ginneberge DeRocker. She married James Maere on May 18, 1963, in Moline, and he preceded her in death on February 26, 2007. She sold Avon and worked as the custodian for both Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Seton.

Nellie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline and a member of and former officer of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a team member of St. Mary’s RCIA. She was a Eucharistic Minister and performed Pastoral Care. She was also a member of the Resurrection Choir and Sacristans. She cleaned and washed all altar linen. She was a member and officer of the National Catholic Society of Forester Court 956. She was in the Avon Collector’s Club, QC Stamp Club, and a Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed playing Rolle Bolle, traveling, Bingo, collecting stamps. More than anything, she loved to help others and spend time with others.

Survivors include her daughters, Laura Coyle, Moline, IL, and Lisa (Dan) Forgie, Jr., Rock Island, IL; 5 grandchildren, Sean Coyle, FL, James Coyle, Moline, IL, Teagan (Manuel) Camacho, HI, Nicholas Forgie, Rock Island, IL, Johanna Forgie, Rock Island, IL; many nieces and nephews; many people she called her friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Rachel Walston; brother, Albert DeRocker.

Jean Hoskins Beard Passes Away

Jean Beard, 72, of Coal Valley, Illinois, died on Monday, August 22, 2016, in Rosewood Care Center, Moline, Illinois.

The former Jean Ann Hoskins was born December 27, 1943, in Rock Island, Illinois, to Vernon and Dorothy (Anderson) Hoskins. She graduated from Moline High School in 1961, and married Edward Beard on February 1, 1964, in Coal Valley. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Coal Valley, and the Illinois Railway Museum. She was a charter member of the Coal Valley Ambulance Service, and was the first woman to serve on the Coal Valley Fire Department. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and knitting.

Jean was survived by her husband, Ed; four children and spouses, Julie Gabrielson of St. Paul, Minnesota, Amy and Steve Day of Woodhull, Illinois, Ed Jr. and Angie Beard of Orion, Illinois, and Edie and Dave Kutscher of DeMotte, Indiana; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Vernon Hoskins of Coal Valley, Connie Hast and her husband Jeff of New Windsor, Illinois, Kathy Crane and Judy Blankenship, both of Moline; and a sister-in-law, Sherry Hoskins of Coal Valley. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Jon Hoskins, and a great-grandchild.

Wendy DeVos Carnahan  Passes Away

Wendy DeVos Carnahan passed away on August 17, 2016, from heart disease.  She had two children, John and Julie. She was married to Bob Carnahan. She had no obituary and requested no services.  She was cremated and was interred at Serenity Meadows Cemetery in Riverview, Florida.

Jill Higgins Anderson Passes Away

Jill M. Anderson, 73, of Moline, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island. As she wished, cremation rites have been accorded. Celebration of life services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Salem Lutheran Church,1724 15th St., Moline. Memorial visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church, where she was a member. Jill was born May 17, 1943, in Moline, the daughter of Harvey and Velma Higgins Ashley. She graduated in 1961 from Moline High School and attended Western Illinois University. She married John Anderson on Oct. 17, 1964, at Salem Lutheran Church Jill had worked for J.D. Intercontinental Engineering Research. Jill was an inspiration to many and proud to be a longtime diabetes Type 1 survivor, having been diagnosed in 1950 at the age of 7. She donated her DNA to Joslin Research Hospital in Boston for future diabetes studies. She enjoyed playing bunko with her group of friends. She also liked listening to music and making greeting cards. Survivors include husband, John; daughter, Staci Hammill, Rock Island; sister, Jan Beebe, Arizona; many nephews, nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Richard Hawotte Passes Away

Richard L. Hawotte, 72, of Moline, died Thursday, July 7, 2016, at his home. Cremation took place at Trimble Crematory, under direction of Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. Burial was at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. He was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Moline, to Emery and Doloros Gonyier Hawotte. He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Rock Island Arsenal in 2009 after 38 years. Surviving are his mother, Doloros McHenry, Rock Island; and brothers (and spouses), Joe (Sue), Rock Island, Tom (Roslyn), Milan, and Mike (Stephanie), Hampshire, Ill.

Larry E. Huffman Passes Away

Larry E. Huffman, 73, Columbia, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Boone Hospital Center in Centralia, MO. He was born Nov. 22, 1942 the son of Eugene and Eudema (Overstreet) Huffman. On Feb. 28, 1962 he was united in marriage to Judith (Atteberry) Huffman.
In addition to his wife Judith of 53 years, He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by one daughter Wendy Lochrie and her husband Rob of Centralia; one son Kirk Huffman and his wife Beverly of Hallsville; two sisters Sharon Hicks and her husband Geoffrey of Spring Hill, FL and Susan Riggs and her husband Rick of Moline, IL; four grandchildren Andrew, Zachary, Dillon and Grace; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many dear friends. One brother Dwight Huffman preceded him in death.
Larry received an Associate of Arts Degree from Blackhawk Community College in Moline, Ill.. Later he taught heating and air conditioning for two years at Bettendorf Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa. He worked as a machinist for John Deere for many years. He was a past member of Hallsville Red Top Church and was an active member of the Hallsville United Methodist Church. He enjoyed working on engines and had an eye for woodworking and mechanics.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the Oliver Funeral Home in Centralia. Interment was in the Centralia City Cemetery.

Rececca Ann Russman Passes Away

Rebecca Ann Russman, 72, of Davenport, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at her home. Cremation rites will be accorded. Rebecca was born on July 15, 1943 in Princeton, IL, the daughter of Robert D. and Regina M. (Hamilton) Russman. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for the City of Davenport for 24 years retiring in 2004. Survivors include Lorie and Scott Reem, Davenport, Julie and Rusty Van Wetzinga, Bettendorf, and Mary Jo and Paul Martinez, Davenport; grandchildren, Nikki and Megan Reem, Whitney Martinez, and Rusty IV and Joey Van Wetzinga; one brother, Rich and Maxine Russman, Davenport; niece, Mandy Russman Babcock, Bettendorf; great nephew, Ben Babcock and great niece, Katy Babcock. She was preceded in death by infant son, Steven R. Hipple and nephew, Robb Russman.

Walter Kyle Smock Passes Away

Walter Kyle Smock, 68, died Nov. 5, 2011, in Clearwater, Florida. He was a veteran. He was buried at theTexas State Veterans Cemetery of Abilene , Texas. His parents were  Walter Reed Smock and Sivolah Bass Smock.

Orrin Meyers Passes Away

Orrin Meyers died on July 5, 2014, at the age of 70, in Rock Island, Illinois. Although Orrin did not graduate on time with us (he graduated with the class of '62), he was one of us. He went to Logan Elementary and a lot of our classmates knew him well. He married Joan Pauley. Orrin was a Rock Island County Sheriff's Deputy and retired after 20 years of service.  His father was Leonard Meyers. His sister was Denise Etzkom of South Dakota.

Rebecca Fors Brennan Passes Away

Rebecca Brennan, 73, of Moline, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at Unity Point Health-Trinity Rock Island. Rebecca Louise Fors was born in Chicago on Feb. 25, 1943, to Ted and Ruth Fors. On June 19, 1965, in Moline, she married Donald E. Brennan, who survives. Becky graduated with the Moline High School Class of 1961. She was a member of Homewood Evangelical Free Church, where she was active in church organizations, and the AWANA Group. She belonged to the Postal Auxiliary and to King's Daughters, where she volunteered at the store in Moline. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and cross-stitch, and she loved playing card games and bingo. In addition to her husband, Donald, survivors include her daughter, Barbara (Ken) Friberg, Dubuque, Iowa; and three grandchildren, Thomas, Elizabeth and Emily.

Judith Ann Cottrell Hynes Passes Away

Judith A. Hynes, 72, of Coal Valley, Illinois, died Thursday, December 10, 2015, at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, Illinois. The former Judith Ann Cottrell was born February 21, 1943, in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of John Jr. and Evelyn (Sigler) Cottrell. She was a part of the first graduating class of the “New” Moline High School in 1961. She married John Hynes on August 9, 1962, in Davenport, Iowa. Judy was a homemaker most of her life, but spent time working at Regalia Manufacturing Company and the Villa Montessori School in Rock Island, and D’s Polishing in East Moline. She was a member of the Coal Valley Lions Club, and coached several baseball teams with her husband. She enjoyed fishing, crafts, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Judy is survived by her husband, John L. Hynes, Sr.; a daughter and son-in-law, Jody and Rodney Beaston of Moline; a son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Mary Hynes of Port Byron, Illinois; four grandchildren, Daniel Beaston, PFC Tyler Hynes, John B. Hynes, and Kalee Beaston; and a special friend of the family, who was like a son to Judy, Jim Sellers, Sr. and his wife, Karlene, of Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, John L. Hynes, Jr

Nancy Wheeler Campos Passes Away

Nancy K. Campos, 72, of Rock Island, passed away Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at Unity Point Health-Trinity Rock Island. Burial was at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. Nancy was born March 29, 1943, in Davenport, a daughter of Dillon and Marge Vance Wheeler. She graduated from Moline High School in 1961. She married Jesus Campos on Nov. 22, 1963, in Rock Island. Nancy was a licensed cosmetologist. In earlier years, she was a stylist at Morry's and Michael's Beauty Salons. She also helped her husband at the family restaurant, Acapulco Cafe, for many years. Nancy was a longtime member of New Life Fellowship, Moline. Most recently she was a member of The Bridge Church, Milan, and helped at the Milan Christian Food Pantry. She was active with Samaritan's Purse and Operation Shoebox. She enjoyed caring for and showing horses and dogs and working with ceramics.Surviving are her husband, Jesus, Rock Island; sons (and spouses), Jesse (Kathy) Campos, Moline, Sean Campos, Eldridge, and Ty (Beth) Campos, Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Bryck, Bryttnee, Tyler, Ellen, Olivia and one on the way; great-grandchildren, Carter, Cash, Kynlee and Gabriella; sister, Shirley (Ralph) Trout, Tampa, Fla.; 38 nieces and nephews; 84 great-nieces and great-nephews; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rupert and Sarah Campos, Raymond Jr. and Guadalupe Campos; and aunt-in-law and uncle-in-law, Stella and Nick Padakis. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Johnny Johnson; and sisters-in-law, Esther Villareal, Estella Perez and Maria Elena Campos; and brothers-in-law, Rudy Campos and Rick Campos.

Kristi Leivat Robison Passes Away

Kristi was born October 1, 1943 in Tallinn, Estonia to Boris and Julie Leivat. Shortly thereafter the family attempted to escape to Sweden from the German invasion in 1944 but were captured and placed in an internment camp. With sponsorship from the Lutheran Church Boris was allowed into the United States and worked in Moline, Illinois and eventually was able to bring Julie and Kristi to the United States two years later. Settling in Moline through school and graduating in 1965 from Augustana College, Kristi worked for an institutional hospital for several years before moving to California where she became the secretary to Richard Robison and they married in August 1970. After ten years in various areas of California they moved to Grants Pass in 1981. She worked for 30 years as an accounting bookkeeper for several Periodontisits in Grants Pass and Medford and retired in 2011.She enjoyed friends, traveling, reading, puzzle games and gourmet cooking for friends and family. In addition to her husband, Richard she is survived by three step children and five grandchildren, all living outside of this area.


Deborah McManama Davis Passes Away

Deborah McManama Davis died a few years ago. Deborah was born on October 17, 1943 and passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2012. Deborah was a resident of Ocala, Florida at the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband Robert

Glenn Hindman Passes Away

Glenn Hindman, 72, of Chester, Illinois, passed through the gates of Heaven to meet his old friends and family at 9:35 pm, Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Three Springs Lodge Nursing Home, Chester, Illinois.  He was born to the late Howard and Marjorie (nee Leiper) Hindman on January 13, 1943 in Salem, Illinois. He was never married and of the Protestant Faith. After graduating from Moline High School in June of 1961, he enlisted into the United States Navy. His first assignment was on the USS Cadmus of the Atlantic Fleet during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The USS Cadmus was sent to The Bay of Pigs. He served 4 years active and 3 years reservist. Then he reenlisted in May 1969 and was assigned to the USS Sperry of the Pacific fleet. He took early discharge while serving on the USS Isle Royale. He was honorably discharged as Optical man Second Class in September of 1970. He attended the University of Iowa, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Belleville Area College. He worked in HVAC field and eventually retired from Chester Mental Health in 2006 as an outside Security Officer.Glenn, lovingly called "Uncle" by his nephew Jeremy, lived a full happy life. He spent the rest of his days traveling with his family and good friend Marlene. He enjoyed the internet and playing Jeopardy from the comfort of his sofa. Survivors: 3 Brothers Gary (Linda) Hindman Soldotna, AK,  John (Jan) Hindman Elkville, IL, Marty Hindman Paradise Valley, AZ,  2 Sisters Ruth (Alan) Wahlman Walsh, IL. Patty (Chris) Jeffreys Chester, IL, Special Friend Marlene Edwards Walsh, IL, 17 Nieces and Nephews, 30 Great Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in death by: Parents, Grandparents - Mr. & Mrs. J. P. Leiper and Mr. & Mrs. Murry Hindman, 1 Sister - Mary Ann and 1 Niece Rosetta Nicole Hindman

Phyllis Sellers Pool Passes Away

Phyllis Kay Pool, 72, of Grand Junction, Colorado died at her home on April 9th, 2015. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Pool, also of Grand Junction.
Phyllis was born and raised in Moline, Illinois. She moved to Greeley, Colorado to attend college, focusing on a degree in chemistry. Phyllis and Jim eventually settled in the Grand Valley in 1975, and Phyllis accepted a position at Family Health West Hospital in Fruita, Colorado. She worked as a medical technologist and lab director for the hospital for over 35 years. She was extremely proud of her accomplishments at Family Health West and was honored to serve the Fruita community. 
Throughout her life, and into retirement, Phyllis enjoyed adventure after adventure, traveling the world. She never tired of the natural beauty of Colorado and spent many, many days on the water doing what she loved most, fly fishing. Phyllis also enjoyed gardening, reading, painting, and was active in the local Trout Unlimited chapter. 
Phyllis is survived by her sister, Marlo Carson of Cleveland, Tennessee; her three daughters, Heather (John) Poovey of Grand Junction; Gretchen (Shawn) Gregg, and Emily (John) Lintott, both of Fruita, and seven grandchildren, Adam, Andrew, James, Lennea, Ellie, Josie, and Rosie.


Vickie Lynn Weis Reno Passes Away

Vickie Lynn Weis Reno passed away on August 6, 2013, in Springfield, Missouri. No further information is available.


Robert Tank Passes Away

Robert Tank of Mesa, Arizona, died on April 19, 2012, in Gilbert, Arizona, at the age of 69. Unfortunately, no further information is available at this time.


Kenneth Thurman Passes Away

Kenneth Arthur Thurman, 72, of Moline, IL, son of Basil Jr. and Edith “Judy” (Johnston) Thurman, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at his home. Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. A visitation will be held Monday, August 3rd, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, at Wendt Funeral Home in Moline. A private family inturnment will be held at National Cemetery on Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made to Unity Point Hospice or Quad City Animal Welfare Center. 
Ken graduated from Moline High School in 1961, and then attended Moline Community College (now Black Hawk College). He later finished his degree in Medical Technology at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, MO, where he lived for five years after his release from the U.S. Army active duty. He married Dee Broquist in 1964, and later married Paula Hanneman Fetes in 1994. During his military duty, from 1969 to 1971, he served as an Army Combat Medic and a Battalion Personnel Clerk, while overseas. He spent time in the Black Forest of Germany during Operation Car Crew III, in preparation for battle in Viet Nam. Upon his return to the States, he was a Medical Lab Specialist at Madigan Hospital in Fort Lewis, WA. He was employed as an Industrial Chemical Technician, and at times, worked for Alcoa, Sivyer Steel, and various Medical Facilities. He retired from Genesis Health Systems in 2005. He had many interests in life, including travel and sight-seeing trips, often attending baseball games in St. Louis as an avid Cardinals fan. He was Vice-President of the Quad-City area Cardinals fan club in the 1980’s. Other sport’s interests were Chicago Bears football, and Illini and MHS basketball. He coached women’s softball, and in 1983, led his team to a Midwest Regional Championship (7-state region), and on to the National Tournament in Cincinnati. He had several articles published in various genealogical periodicals, and he published a genealogy newsletter that was distributed in many states, Canada, and Australia, copies of which are in the Library of Congress. He also enjoyed photography, gardening, reading, and crossword puzzles. He loved all animals, especially his two cats, “Mac” and “Sammy”. 
Survivors include his wife, Paula Thurman; son, Jeff (Linda) Thurman of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Cameron and Katie Thurman; step-son, Corey Fetes; step-brother, Gary (Cheri) Ishmael; an aunt, Peggy Thurman of Colona, IL; cousins, Virgil Thurman of Geneseo, Scott Thurman of Dayton Corners, IL, Bryan Thurman of Colona, IL, and Judy Sawyers of Rock Island; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Pam and Steve Mott, Dennis McGimpsey, and Will Slaughter; and his special friends, whom he considered “granddaughters”, Abbey and Tabitha. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, his brother Michael, and a stepson, Randy Fetes. The family would like to convey their gratitude to the staff of Unity Point Hospice, for the wonderful care provided to Ken

Michael Worthman Passes Away


Michael L. Worthman, 72, of rural Cambridge, died on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at his home. Cremation has been accorded and a celebration of life visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 11, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Premiere Hospice. Michael Lee Worthman was born on May 15, 1943, in Moline, the son of Jimmy L. and Ella Mae Smith Worthman. He was educated in Moline schools. His marriage to Sharon Small took place on May 7, 1964, in California.He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.Mike was employed at J.I. Case in Rock Island until the plant closed. He then attended classes at Black Hawk College to be a computer robotic instructor. Mike taught at Black Hawk College and also at John Deere in East Moline until retiring.He enjoyed motorcycle riding, canning, building model airplanes and trap and skeet shooting.Those surviving are his wife, Sharon, Cambridge; a son, Matthew Worthman (Marryann Phillips), Rock Island; a daughter, Pamela Worthman-Sandholm, Cambridge; grandchildren, Brandon and Jessica Sandholm, Amber and Sabrina Worthman; and a sister, Virginia Cromen, Shawnee, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Christopher; a sister; and three brothers.


Robert "Bob" Mitchell Passes Away

Robert A. Mitchell, 69, of Moline, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in his home. Visitation was 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline. Private interment will be held at a later date at Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or River Bend Foodbank. Robert Arthur Mitchell was born Oct. 15, 1943, in Davenport, the son of Arthur and Elvera Anderson Mitchell. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in computer science and had been employed as an IT analyst for Deere and Co. for 46 years. He was a member of Blackhawk Hiking Club, volunteered at the River Bend Foodbank and enjoyed computers. Bob is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Michael Judd, LeClaire; nephews, Adam Judd and his wife, Melissa, Bettendorf, and their children, Aidan and Addison; and Nathan Judd, East Moline.


Theodore "Ted" Bohl Passes Away

Theodore C. Bohl, Jr, 69, of Milan, IL, died Friday, October 12, 2012, at his home. Funeral Services were at 11:00 a.m, Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. 6601-38th Avenue, Moline.  Burial was at Greenview  Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to Kings Harvest. Ted was born March 15, 1943 in Moline, the son of Theodore C. and Sophie (Janoski) Bohl. He married Carolyn Bergstrom on August 25, 1962 in MolineTed was the owner of Bohl Machine & Tool Co. in Milan. He was also the owner of Bohl Leasing Co. in Milan, and a partner in Mississippi Laser in Milan. Ted was a former member of the Moline Jaycees, and also a former member of the Rock Island County Fair Board. He enjoyed fishing and spending time out of doors. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. SURVIVORS: Wife Carolyn Bohl ChildrenTim (Amy) Bohl Milan Stephannie Bohl Milan Grandchildren Jassimine Bierman Chicago Julia Kenny MilanTheodore Carl Bohl III Milan Great grandson Ayden Kenny & 2 more on the way Brother Ronald (Norma) Bohl FL Sister Linda (Alan) Lovestead East Moline Step-sister Marie White Geneseo Step-brothers Allen (Helen) Tysma East Moline Raymond (Phyllis) Tysma Cordova. He was preceded in death by his dad; step dad; and mother.


John “Randy” Randolph Warren Passes Away

John “Randy” Randolph Warren, 71, of East Moline, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at home. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Friday at Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Ave., Moline.  Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to Rock Island County Animal Shelter.Randy was born April 15, 1943, in Kewanee, Ill., the son of John and Irene (Binge) Warren. He worked as a welder for the Rock Island Lines. He later worked in maintenance for Jumer’s Casino, Rock Island. In his younger years, Randy enjoyed drag racing, hunting and fishing. More than anything, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and his dog, Mitzi. Survivors include his daughters, Robin (Darren) Hancock, Orion, Ill., Melissa (Derek) Carr, Moline; son, Eric Warren, Orion; grandchildren, Baillie (George Spence III) Hancock, Jette Carr and Blaze Carr; mother, Irene Warren, Orlando, Fla.; brother, Bobby (Lucille) Warren, Orlando; aunt, Evelyn Bauders, Orlando; former wife, Nola Warren, Orion; and special friend, Helen Morrow, Geneseo, Ill. He was preceded in death by his father.



Kenneth McHenry Passes Away

Mr. Kenneth McHenry, age 70, of Lawrenceburg, TN, passed away at Maury Regional Medical Center on Monday, September 30, 2013. Kenneth was born on August 10, 1943 to the late Robert McHenry and the late Ruth Lobdell in Elsie, Michigan. He was married to Jeanette Lewis McHenry since December 22, 2001. He always said, “Jeanette isn’t my wife, she’s my bride”. Mr. McHenry had a master’s degree and was an elementary school teacher. He served as an elder in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. In addition to his wife, Kenneth was survived by his children: Rob Wilson and Catherine McHenry (Jesse) Aguilar and Bill McHenry; stepchildren: Kelly Grimm, Bevin (Bryan) Baty, Casey Grimm, Corey Grimm and Rhyan Grimm; and siblings: Larry (special friend: Jan Kuehl) McHenry and Roberta (Lanny) Wright and Mike (Pam) McHenry; one brother-in-law: James Allen Barricks. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by Kathleen Barricks. A celebration of Ken’s life was conducted Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.


Louinda McDermott Benson Passes Away

Louinda McDermott Benson, 68, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on May 19, 2012. Louinda was born in Rock Island, IL and moved to Colorado as a young woman to raise her family. While in Colorado, Louinda earned a BS degree in Journalism from University of Colorado. She relocated to Scottsdale in 1985 to pursue her education, where she earned a Masters degree in Management. Louinda volunteered as a docent with the Phoenix Art Museum and loved to share her knowledge of artists and art. Louinda was preceeded in death by her life companion, Al Panttaja, and her brother Gary McDermott. She is survived by her children, Scott Benson, Virginia Benson and Andrea Roy; her grandchildren Abbey Wiley, Ethan and Michael Roy; and her siblings, Karen (Jack) Pulford, Charlotte Merman, Betty (John) Schlomer, Tane (Wes) Temple and Monte McDermott. A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 22 at Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley.


Joyce Burklund Cant Passes Away

Joyce D. Cant, 71, of East Moline, died on Dec. 26, 2014, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Avenue, Moline. Cremation followed the services. Memorials may be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Joyce was born on October 23, 1943, in Moline, the daughter of Glenn and Nina Leach Burklund. She married Gary Cant in 1963, and they divorced in 1984.

Joyce was most recently a homemaker but had worked on the Rock Island Arsenal for several years. She had attended Black Hawk College for journalism and had written for the college paper, "The Chieftain." Joyce also enjoyed writing and had published some of her poetry. Above all was her love of family.

She is survived by her children, Caralee (Shane) Davis, Wendy (Sam) Davis, Dana (Jack) Hoskins, Leanne (Lou) Averaino, Jason Cant, Christopher (Meggan) Cant and Dustin Cant; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two more on the way; brother, Earl Burklund; sisters, Gretta Wiborg, Marsha (Joe) Teshak and Bonnie Post; sister-in-law, Dorina Burklund; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her companion, BJ Johnson; parents; son, Timothy; brother, Bruce; nieces, Christine and Sherry; sister-in-law, Margie; and brother-in-law, Mick.


Larry Darnall Passes Away

Several classmates have reported that Larry Darnall passed away of a sudden massive heart attack on January 6, 2015. His death and funeral will not be reported in any of the local newspapers. No further information is available.


Charles Lee Shimkus Passes Away

Charles Lee Shimkus died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, Iowa. He was born Oct. 21, 1943, in East Moline, Ill., the son of Albert C. and Alice (Stankunis) Shimkus. He married Patsy Robertson in 1981 in Lancaster, Mo. Funeral services for Charles Lee Shimkus, 71, were at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, Iowa. Survivors include his wife, Patsy Shimkus, Davenport; and his faithful companion, his cat, PEE WEE. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Frank; and a sister, Joyce.


Linda K. "Bobo" Gull Carius Passes Away

Linda K. "Bobo" Carius, 70, of Milan, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, July 15, 2013.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Heritage Church, 4801 44th St., Rock Island. Visitation will be an hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made in care of Monmouth College or to Heartland Hospice. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, is assisting the family.
Linda was born in Moline on Feb. 28, 1943, a daughter of Virgil and Catherine "Ruth" Caldwell Gull. She married Allan Carius on May 8, 1964, at the Salem Lutheran Church, Moline.
Linda worked as a legal secretary for several law firms during the years. She retired from William J. Bribriesco & Associates in Bettendorf in the early '90s.
Linda attended Heritage Church in Rock Island. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed attending all of their sporting events, dance recitals and activities.
Survivors include her husband, Allan Carius, Milan; children (and spouses), Julie (Dave) Strahl, West Chicago, Ill., and Brant (Elizabeth) Carius, Bettendorf; grandchildren, Catherine Strahl, William Carius, Sara Strahl, Caleb Carius and Anna Carius; brother, Larry (Andy) Gull, East Moline; sister-in-law, Kay Ann (George) Christison; brother-in-law, Bill (Diane) Carius; and mother-in-law, Kathleen Carius.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandmother, Bessie Caldwell; and father-in-law, William Carius.

Sandra Stange Bouchareb Passes Away


Sandra K. Stange Bouchareb, 70, of Honolulu, Hawaii, formerly of Moline, passed away at Queens Hospital on April 24, 2013.
She was born June 1, 1943, in Chicago, the second of five daughters of Merle and Walter Stange. She graduated from Moline High School, where she was fondly known as "Sam."
Sandy served as a dorm mother at Harding College in Searcy, Ark., for 20 years, where she was affectionately known as "Aunt B." She raised her only son, Robert, there and earned her degree with high honors, graduating along with him in 1994.
Sandy eventually settled in Hawaii, where she worked several years as an in-home caregiver for a family friend, Lori Odell. She also worked as secretary for the Church of Christ on Keeaumoku Street before retiring in 2005.
Sandy was very creative but will be remembered above all for her charming wit, her jovial personality and her love of God and fellow Church of Christ members.
She is survived by her son, Robert Bouchareb, Honolulu; and sisters, Joyce Felgar, Leslie Stange-Crotty, Kathleen Trevor and Jackie Fitzpatrick, all of Moline.


Wayne D. Gillman Passes Away

Wayne D. Gillman, 69, East Moline, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at his home. Funeral services are 11 AM Monday at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline. Entombment is in St. Mary's Mausoleum. Visitation is 2-5PM Sunday at the funeral home, where a prayer service will be held at 4:30PM. Memorials may be made to Children's Therapy Center, Moline.

Wayne “Dobie” was born on January 1, 1944 in Moline, the son of Ambrose A and Lila C (Heming) Gillman. He married Delight Jones on September 5, 1970 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Moline. Dobie served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He enjoyed playing disc golf, euchre, shooting pool and an occasional trip to the local casinos. He was a member of the Moline Viking Club and enjoyed going to the YMCA and taking his dog for a walk. Mr. Gillman retired in 1997 from John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline. Wayne will always be remembered for his smile.

Survivors include his wife, Delight, brother, Robert (Jo) Gillman, Bettendorf, nephews, Chris (Barb) Gillman and Rob (Brenda) Gillman and great nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to Bob and Jo, Tammy, Joan, Gloria, Nancy, W.K. Genny, Ann, and the Girls in TCU at Unity Point, Rock Island.


Kenneth R. Ohrberg Passes Away

Kenneth R. Ohrberg, 70, of Colona, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at UnityPoint Health in Peoria.
Services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Schroder Mortuary in Colona with visitation from 4 p.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
Kenny was born March 5, 1943, in Moline, the son of Clarence and Lou Louck Ohrberg. He served in the Army, stationed in Germany. He married Sue Collis on Oct. 24, 1980, in Rock Island.
Kenny retired from McKay's Plating in Hampton in 2004. He enjoyed fishing, camping and playing cards. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Sue; children, Tami (Mike) Wilson, Colona, Melissa (Scott) Pawski, Clinton, Iowa, and Deanna (Evan Young) Ohrberg, Rock Island; grandchildren, Jordan, Alexis, Hayley, Dalton, Austin, Sidney and Brooke; sisters-in-law, Judy Cook, Florida, and Kay (Bob Brown) Jacobs, Erie; brothers-in-law, Kenny (Deb) Collis, Erie, and Michael (Janice) Collis, East Moline; and several nieces and nephews.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Susan K. Ohrberg; sister, Judy Rule; mother-in-law and father-in-law Kenneth Sr. and Delores Collis; brother-in-law, Danny Jacobs; and a great-great-niece, Addilynn Jacobs.


Willie Shaw Passes Away

 Funeral services for Willie L. Shaw, 70, of Colona House, East Moline, will be 4 p.m. Friday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline.
Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Moline. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home.
Mr. Shaw died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis.
Memorials may be made to the ARC of the Quad City Area.
Willie was born Jan. 19, 1943, in Dermott, Ark., son of Thurman T. and Rosie Wheeler Shaw. He had worked at the ARC of the Quad City Area since 1970.
Survivors include his many friends at the ARC of the Quad City Area.
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Larry L. Hultgren Passes Away

Larry L. Hultgren, 70, of Rock Island, IL, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center – East Campus, Davenport, IA.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2013, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline, IL. Per his wishes cremation rites will be accorded and there will be no service. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, American Kidney Fund, or to Alleman High School.

Larry was born on August 1, 1943, in Moline, IL, the son of Maurice and Clara (Corey) Hultgren.
He married Carol S. Vyncke on March 8, 1969, in Moline, IL.

Larry had served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He worked as an assistant manager at Eagle’s for 43 years. It was there that without any hesitation he saved a total stranger’s life by performing CPR. For the past 8 years he has been a school bus driver for the East Moline School District.

Larry enjoyed learning so very much. At the age of 57, he went back to school at Black Hawk College and was placed on the Dean’s List. Larry was a man of few words and when he spoke it was worth listening to. He always believed that actions spoke louder than words. Larry was fun to be around and was an all around good guy. He enjoyed golfing with his friends, sports, movies, science fiction, music and trivia. He also enjoyed all Chicago and Illinois sports, motorcycles and nature.

Survivors include
Wife Carol Hultgren Rock Island, IL
Daughter Christine Hultgren Rock Island, IL
Son Christopher (Amy) Hultgren Bettendorf, IA
Grandchildren Corey, Libby, and Molly
Father-in-law Paul Vyncke East Moline, IL

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Maurice “Bob” Hultgren.

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James E. Paul Passes Away

We received belated news that Dr. James E. Paul, age 69, of Plano, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at his home. He was born June 2, 1943 in Moline, Illinois to Herschel M. Paul and Ruth A. Whitman Paul. Dr. Paul married Anita Horne on July 17, 1999 in Plano. He was a member of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco and worked as a Chiropractor. Dr. Paul is survived by his wife, Anita; children, Brian K. Paul and his wife, Donna and Allison Nolan; mother, Ruth Paul three grandsons, Rion, Wyatt and Garrett and by two brothers, Jerry Paul and Jon Paul and his wife, Renita. A graveside service was held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at Johnson Cemetery in New Hope, Texas. A memorial service to celebrate Dr. Paul's life was held at 2:00 p.m. that same day at First Baptist Church of Plano.


Alfred Krauel Passes Away

Alfred F. Krauel Jr., 69, of, Naples, Fla., formerly of Moline, died April 15, 2013, at Avow Hospice in Naples, after a sudden onset of an illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Rose Lawn Memorial Estate, where military honors will be provided by Moline American Legion Post No. 246. Another memorial service will be held at American Legion Post No. 135, Naples, on May 19, at 2 p.m. Memorials may be made to University of Iowa Children's Miracle Network, American Legion Post No. 135 in Naples or Avow Hospice in Naples.
Alfred was born on Aug. 11, 1943, in Moline, the son of Alfred F. Sr. and Ethel Potter Krauel. He married Georgia Gilliand on Dec. 23, 1964. He later married Arlys Fickling Benzon on Oct. 30, 1993, in Moline.
He was a United States Army veteran having served from 1964 to 1967 in Vietnam. Alfred worked as a lab technician for the former Moline Public Hospital and later for Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, in Silvis, until 1998. Alfred was a life member of the Moline VFW Post No. 2153, where he served as senior vice president in 1996. He relocated to Naples in 1998. After working as a chemical technician at Glen Eagle Country Club and Wilderness Country Club, he worked as a laboratory technician for Women's Health Center. Alfred completed his career at Anchor Medical Laboratory in 2010. Al was a member of the American Legion Post No. 135, Naples. He also was a member of the Naples Amvets. Al enjoyed fishing, stained glass work and, most of all, spending time with all his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Arlys Krauel, Naples; daughter, Janette Krauel, Ainsworth, Iowa; son, Kirk Krauel, Clermont, Fla.; stepchildren, Amanda Mull (Chris), Bettendorf, and David Benzon, Chicago; grandson, Bren Raschke, East Moline; granddaughters, Alayna Mull, Bettendorf, and Alyssa Mull, Bettendorf; sisters, Carol (Fred) Koester, Rock Island, Pauline (Bill) Lamont, Geneseo, and Gayle (Mike) Atchley, Davenport; brothers, Steve (Allyson) Krauel, West Valley, Utah, and Art (Cozeth) Krauel, Las Cruces, N.M.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, David Krauel; and granddaughter, Selena Mull.


Linda J. Donaldson Masengarb Passed Away

Linda J. Donaldson Masengarb, 69, of Lancaster, Pa., passed away unexpectedly in her home on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.
It was Linda's wish that no services be held; however, a memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603. Arrangements are by Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, Lancaster, (717) 872-5041.
She was born Nov. 10, 1943, in Whitefish Bay, Wis., to the late William and Jane Schofer Donaldson.
She attended high school in Moline and graduated in 1961. She then attended Katherine Gibbs Business School in Boston, Mass., and went on to work for the American Broadcasting Company in New York and RR Donnelley & Sons Company in Chicago. She married her husband, Paul W. Masengarb in 1966, and resided in Evanston, Ill., and Glasgow, Ky., before moving to Lancaster in 1972. She returned to school and graduated cum laude from Millersville University in 1981.
Linda was a resident of Lancaster for 18 years and was involved in many volunteer work projects and served for a period as head of the superintendent's lay advisory council for the Manheim Township School District. She was always active in community activities and volunteer work but there was no higher priority in her life than her family. She centered her life around her children and their interests and activities.
In 1990, another move brought her and her husband back to Chicago when he transferred to the RR Donnelley corporate offices. Although her husband retired in 2001, she continued her 30-year professional career and joined Zurich Insurance as a consultant in the field of workers compensation and employee return-to-work programs. Linda was considered an authority in this field and was published numerous times on these subjects. During this period she resided at Smith Mountain Lake, Va.
While in Virginia, she served as a docent at Poplar Forest, the restored home of Thomas Jefferson. In addition, she served as a volunteer worker for the American Cancer Society. Just two months ago, she and her husband moved from Smith Mountain Lake back to Lancaster, where she was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Michael W. Masengarb, husband; Kristen, her daughter; Ann M. Rieker, wife of Matt, all of Lancaster; four grandchildren, Ben and Michael Rieker and Maddie and Isabelle Masengarb. Her sister, Julie Jenkins, lives in Wilmington, N.C.
Linda will be remembered by her family and friends as a wonderful and loving mother, friend and partner. We miss you and will always love you.
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Galen Marr Passed Away

Galen Russell Marr, 69, of Moline, passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Trinity Rock Island.
Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec.4, at Salem Lutheran Church, 1724 15th Street, Moline. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. prior tothe service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salem Lutheran Church or Quad City Animal Shelter. Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Moline, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Galen was born Sept. 9, 1943, in Moline, the only child of Elmer R. and Hazel L. Boosinger Marr. Galen married Sally J. Carey on Aug. 22, 1964.
Galen graduated from Moline High School, attended Black Hawk College and graduated from University of Idaho, Moscow, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. Galen's whole career was with the U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Galen graduated from the Horce M. Albright Training Center at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in May of 1967. During his career he was a park ranger at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Calif.; Petrified Forest
National Park, Arizona; Everglades National Park, Florida, and Lowell National Historical Park, Massachusetts, where he retired as Chief Park Ranger of Protection in 1997, completing 30 years of service.
Galen was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in 1997. His wife, Sally, was able to donate a kidney to Galen at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, which was very successful for almost 10 years. During Galen's younger years, he was an avid hunter, and after retirement, Galen and Sally enjoyed several years of golfing. Galen was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, where he was active and very devoted to God.
Surviving is his wife of 48 years; four children, each of whom was born in a different state; Jennifer (Rene) Hauschulz of Penacook, N.H.; Jon (Anne) of Damascus, Md.; Peter (Heather) of Manchester, N.H.; andPhilip (Erin) of Frederick, Md.; seven grandchildren, Cpl. Robert (Cpl. Brittany) Webb, Camp Lejeune,N.C., Rhiannon Webb, Manchester, Nathan and Carey Marr, Damascus, Md., Ellie and Camden Marr, Manchester and Caleb Marr, Frederick, Md.; and two great-grandsons, Luke Andrew and Cael Niel Webb, Jacksonville, N.C. Galen was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Hazel Marr.

Edwin Alston Vaughn Passes Away

Edwin A. Vaughn Jr., 68, of New Windsor, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Edwin was born on July 8, 1943, in Davenport, the son of Edwin Sr. and Julia Priebe Vaughn. He married Charlotte Wright on July 23, 1977, in Moline.

Mr. Vaughn had been employed at several construction companies in Illinois and Florida as a carpenter.

He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed reading.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; children and spouses, Maurie Vaughn, Lady Lake, Fla., Stuart (Annise) Vaughn, New Windsor, Todd (Tammy) Vaughn, Moline, James (Jennifer) Vaughn, Andover, Stephanie Bates, Burlington, Iowa, David (Noree) Phipps; grandchildren, Nikky Tapley, Devin (Callie) Vaughn, Jessica Brown, Beth Vaughn, Justin Brown, Tonya Vaughn, Chaddam Phipps, Samantha Phipps, Daniel Phipps; great-grandchildren, Cainin and Riley Tapley, Dane Vaughn; brothers, Robert (Carol) Vaughn, Leesburg, Fla., David (Lois) Vaughn, Hartsburg, S.C., William (Terry) Vaughn, Cedar Springs, Ill.; mother-in-law, Ann Wright, New Windsor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; great-granddaughter, Jaiden Tapley; and his father-in-law, Richard Wright.

Judith Johnson Piper Passes Away

Judith Piper, 67, of Boulder, Colo., formerly of Moline, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Boulder Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, with visitation one hour prior to service at the church. Rafferty Funeral Home, Moline, is assisting her family with arrangements. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline.

Judy was born July 4, 1943, in Baltimore, Md., the daughter of Carl and Rena Sheahan Johnson.

Judy retired as an outreach coordinator from Grand Haven Michigan Public Schools.

Judy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline.

Survivors include her sons, Gregory (Kristine) Piper, Boulder, and Theodore Piper, Breckenridge, Colo.; grandson, David Piper; and brother, Ted (Marcia) Johnson, West Chester, Pa. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Michael Wendt Passes Away

Michael R. Wendt, age 67, of Moline, passed away, surrounded by a loving family, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Trinity Rock Island, after an eight-month battle with cancer.

Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 3, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Wendt Funeral Home in Moline. Services will be Saturday, Dec. 4, at 9:30 a.m., at First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Ave., Moline. Burial will be immediately following at Moline Memorial Park Cemetery, with military honors by Post 246 Moline, of which he was a member.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Moline Breakfast Club Optimists, or to First Congregational Church, Moline.

Michael Richard Wendt was born in Moline on Aug. 17, 1943, to Earl and Helen McClean Wendt. He married the love of his life Pamela J. Barron on Nov. 18, 1972, in Moline, at the First Congregational Church.

He graduated from Moline Senior High School in 1961, from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in1964 and from Parsons College with a Business Degree in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army, and received the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star for service in Vietnam. Mike's name is inscribed in the Book of Honor in the Court of Patriots in the Browning Museum at the Rock Island Arsenal.

Mike retired in August 2005, as manager of the Moline office of the Illinois Department of Employment Security. He was a licensed funeral director and a former partner in the Wendt Funeral Home, and continued to assist in funeral services when needed. He was a member and past president of the Moline Breakfast Optimist Club, past president of the Moline Jaycees, and was Jaycees Boss of the Year for the East Moline Jaycees. He served on the Board of Trustees of First Congregational Church, and previously served as church council member, head usher and Sunday school teacher. He was a past president of the Mississippi Valley Funeral Directors in Rock Island County, served on the Moline School Foundation Board, a member of the Private Industry Council and the Workforce Investment Board of Rock Island County.

Mike was a seven-gallon donor at the Mississippi Valley Blood Bank. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, going to Disney World with his grandchildren, and loved being with his family. He could often be found attending the sports events of his grandchildren and found great joy in teaching them checkers, their letters, and how to play cards. He was their favorite babysitter.

In addition to his wife, Pamela, survivors include, daughter, Cecelia Wendt of Moline; son, Michael (Eileen) Wendt II of Moline; two granddaughters, Kendall and Carson; and grandson, Jack; brothers, Earl (Coralie) Wendt III of Moline, Patrick (Candace) Wendt of East Moline, and George (Jeanie) Wendt of Bloomington, Ill.; aunts, Mary Jane McClean of Moline, and Francis Paradise of Glendale, Calif.; and many be loved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, William R. Wendt.


Mary Hanson Passes Away

Mary Marie Leach Hanson, 68, of Moline, passed away Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at Trinity Rock Island.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at Sacred Heart Church, Moline. Visitation will be

3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline, with a rosary recited by the Sacred Heart Altar and Rosary Society at 3 p.m. Burial will be in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Moline. Memorials can be made to Sacred Heart Church.

Mary was born Oct. 5, 1942, in Moline, the daughter of Francis and Marie Benell Leach. She married Ronald R. Hanson on Aug. 20, 1976, in Rock Island.

Mary retired from Hy-Vee, Moline in 2002. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church were she served as an RCIA sponsor, Eucharistic minister, funeral acolyte and with pastoral care and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Mary enjoyed walking and reading.

Survivors include her husband, Ron; children, Christine Cranick, S. Fulton, Tenn., Teresa (Brett) Stabler, Moline; Robert Hanson, Silvis, Tina Allen, Albany, Ill., Richard Hanson, Rock Island, Wally Hanson, Maryland, and Carla (Frank) Winoskie, Clinton, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Klyber, Virginia, Barbra Fulton, Silvis, and Martha Bileddo, Rock Island; and a brother, Stan Leach, Moline. She was preceded in death by a son, James D. Keller in 1985.

Larry Jones Passes Away

Dr. Larry P. Jones, 67, of Palm Springs, Calif., formerly of Moline, died unexpectedly, Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 at his home.

Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, or to Arrowhead Ranch.

Larry was born on Aug. 27, 1943, in Moline.

Larry graduated from Moline High School in 1961. He was very active in music, playing the cello at Moline High School and the Quad Cities Youth Symphony Orchestra. He graduated from Augustana in 1965. He received an assistantship to Iowa State where he received his master's. He then received an assistantship to Oregon State University where he received his Doctorate in Science. He moved to El Paso, Texas, and taught at the University of Texas at El Paso for 35 years, where he was instrumental in shaping his students' futures. He retired as an Associate Dean of Science. Upon his retirement in 2008 he moved to Palm Springs. His life was full and he loved giving of his time to others, especially his students.

Larry is survived by his parents, George and Ruby (Danielson) Griffin; sisters, Dianne (Gary) Thornton, Susanne Lynn, Rebecca (Matt) Virta; many nieces and nephews.

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Warren Castle Passes Away

Warren G. Castle, of Kenley, N.C., formerly of Moline, died Friday, July 30, 2010, in North Carolina.

Donna Nelson Gillespie Passes Away

Donna L. Gillespie, 66, of Moline, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2010, at her home.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, at Sacred Heart Church, Moline. Rafferty Funeral Home is assisting her family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family or favorite charity.

Donna was born Oct. 4, 1943, in Moline, the daughter of Keith F. and Mildred I. Smith Nelson. She married Michael Kennedy in February 1968. She later married Stephen Gillespie on March 7, 1980, in Rock Island.

A wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, Donna lived in service of others as a member of Sacred Heart Church. She was involved with Sacred Heart Altar and Rosary Society, and she served as a lecturer at the church. She was a former member of Kings Daughters Prince of Peace Circle. Donna loved animals, and she especially loved time with family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Stephen; son and daughter-in-law, Erin M. and Julie Kennedy of Plainfield, Ill.; stepdaughter, Jennifer S. (Wade) Cox of Yukon, Okla.; stepsons, Christopher M. (Christina) Gillespie of Emmett, Idaho and Mathew S. Gillespie of Moline; grandchildren, Kelly, Nolan and Alison Kennedy and step-grandchildren, Cassie, Kellie and Bubby Gillespie and Madison Cox.

Curtis Cook Passes Away

Curtis Roger Cook, 67, died March 18, 2010, at his home in Corvallis, Ore., after a four-year battle with cancer.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the First United Methodist Church, Corvallis. Memorial contributions can be made to the Curtis Cook Scholarship for Computer Science through the OSU Foundation; the First United Methodist Church; Benton Hospice; or the American Cancer Society.

He was born on March 4, 1943, in Moline, the middle son of Albert and Elsie Cook. During his senior year in high school, he met Joan Stutz in a math class. She invited him to a Sadie Hawkins dance, and five years later they were married on Aug. 14, 1965, in Moline.

After his 1961 graduation from Moline High School, he graduated in 1965 from Augustana College in Rock Island, where he majored in mathematics and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Next he received his master's and then Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He came with his family to Oregon State University, site unseen, in August 1970 as part of the Math Department. In 1972, he had the distinction of being the first person to move full time into the newly formed Computer Science Department. During his 33-year tenure at OSU, he co-authored two books and had numerous journal publications and conference presentations. He spent one year on sabbatical at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., and 4-1/2 months on sabbatical in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1998, he was given the College of Engineering Alumni Professor Award in recognition of his positive influence on students and the university. He retired from OSU in 2003 and became an Emeritus Faculty.

Curt enjoyed sports his whole life. When he was 12, he pitched a perfect game in baseball in the city championship game and continued with baseball through college. At Augustana he had a perfect record (7-0) his senior year, where he and a teammate were the first athletes from Augustana to be named to the First-Team All American baseball team. In 1982, he was inducted into Augustana's "Tribe of Vikings" Hall of Fame. In high school he was the quarterback on the football team and received the "M" Men Football Memorial Award for sportsmanship and leadership. After college he played men's softball and in 1996, started the coed softball team at the First United Methodist Church. He played in many racquetball and tennis tournaments, and continued playing some tennis until last fall. He also enjoyed golfing, playing basketball, and riding his bike, which he rode to work at the university most every day.

Although Curt loved playing sports, his favorite activity was playing with and watching his grandchildren. Assembling and firing off rockets with his grandsons was a recent favorite. Curt and Joan enjoyed traveling and visited Chile, Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and several countries in Europe. They also traveled quite a bit in the United States. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with relatives and friends. He was an example to all that knew him: his calm and even temperament, his patience and genuine consideration for others, his professional accomplishments, his fitness and dedication.

Curt is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter, Elizabeth Bogner, and her husband, Jason, and their two sons, Aaron and Sam, Schaumburg, Ill.; daughter, Angela Baker, and her husband, Jefry, and their two daughters, Madeline and Vega, Lake Oswego, Ore.; brother, Dennis Cook and his wife, Sandy, Moline; and brother, Gary Cook, East Moline

Jeanie ‘Jean’ M. Reynolds Passes Away

MOLINE — Jean M. Reynolds, 66, of Moline, was called home Friday, October 24, 2008, at her residence.
Memorial services will be 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. Those wishing to visit with the family are invited to the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Scott County Humane Society.
The former Jean Bandle was born August 23, 1942, in Rock Island, the daughter of Glen and Freda Peterson Bandle. She married Terry Reynolds May 12, 1961, in Rock Island.
She was employed at the Lutheran Hospital for 15 years and later worked as a private duty nurse for 20 years.
Jean was a 1960 graduate of Moline High School and was a former member of First Christian Church, and a volunteer for Milan animal rescue. She loved animals, especially cats and dogs, which she had a special companion, her dog “Chucky“. Jean was known as a person who cared for others more than herself. She adored her grandchildren, and loved her visits to her son Greg’s home in Hudson, Wisc. to see the deer and other animals. She was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband, Terry Reynolds, Moline; sons, Gregory Reynolds, Hudson, Wisc., Michael (Stephanie) Reynolds, Moline, and Scott (Susan) Reynolds, Davenport; grandchildren, Jenna, Jaymie, Abigail, Eric and Aaron; brother, Donald Brasch, Johnston, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Carolyn Catron.
The family would like to extend their thanks to Pam Smallwood for her special care and for being Jean’s guardian angel.
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Karen Anderson Caldwell Passes Away

Karen L. Caldwell, 66, of Rock Island, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

Services for Mrs. Caldwell will be 10 a.m. Friday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030-7th Ave., Rock Island. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial fund that will be established at a later date.

Karen was born Dec. 26, 1942, in Moline, the daughter of Emil L. and Myra Lewis Anderson.

Ms. Caldwell was a homemaker. Earlier in her career, she had worked for Josephson’s Jewelers, Sneff Jewelers and Holland Jewelers. Karen enjoyed gardening, flowers, shopping and going to the movies.

Survivors include her children, Brad L. Lueders, Rock Island, Kevin R. Lueders and his wife, Troy, East Moline; grandchildren, Ashley Lyle, Parkview, Iowa, Joshua Lueders, Rock Island; a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and John Chavas, Des Moines, Iowa.

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Richard W. Sovey Passes Away

Richard W. Sovey, 64, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Burial will be at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Richard Sovey Memorial Fund.

Dick was born Dec. 7, 1943, in Moline, the son of Glenn R. and Elizabeth Hogan Sovey. He was educated in Moline schools and graduated from Moline High School in 1961. Dick served in the U.S. Navy in the early 1960’s. His marriage to Silvia Nimrick took place on Sept. 12, 1970, in Cambridge. The couple lived most of their married life in Cambridge.

His employment included working in the construction industry until the early 1980’s when he began his career in trucking. He operated his own trucking business for several years, and had worked for Ruan Trucking from Buffalo, Iowa, for the last 15 years.

Dick was a former member of the Cambridge American Legion Post 417, the Annawan 40 & 8, and the VFW. He was a current member of the Kewanee Krashers, a radio controlled model airplane club, and a member and union steward of Teamsters Local 371 in Milan. Dick also took videos of Cambridge High School football games and practices for the last few years.

Survivors include his wife, Silvia; sons and daughters-in-law, Todd and Sharon Sovey, Gardner, Ill., Anthony and Cara Sovey, Cambridge, Adam and Jamee Sovey, Cambridge; a daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Josh Park, Colona; and eight grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Ron Sovey, Davenport, Randy Sovey, Coal Valley; and a sister, Rita Melin, Moline. He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn; his mother, Elizabeth Sovey Bromley; and a brother, Roger Sovey.

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Glee Irma Kramer Kohn Passes Away

Glee Irma Kohn, 64, of East Moline, died July 29, 2008, at her home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, East Moline. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Burial will be at Rose-Lawn Memorial Estate, Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church Music Ministry, Heartland Hospice or American Cancer Society.

Glee was born Aug. 2, 1943, in Moline, to Robert and Roberta Fuller Kramer. She married Robert Kohn on June 19, 1965, in East Moline.

Glee taught English and Spanish at United Township High School, retiring in 2001. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she was a member of Altar Guild, the church choir and the bell choir. She was a member of the National Education Association and the local chapter of N.E.A. at United Township, and she belonged to Mississippi Valley Dance Association for several years.

Glee is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Wendy, East Moline, Stacy and David, Chicago; grandchildren, Alyssa, William “BJ,” Katherine and Owen Robert. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Donald "Rex" Hinton Sr. Passes Away

Donald "Rex" Hinton, Sr., 65, a native of Moline, and a resident of Lafayette, La., passed away on Friday, May 9, at 7:15 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Lafayette.

Mr. Hinton will have a Masonic service followed by a private family viewing and cremation to follow, as he wished. A private memorial service for Mr. Hinton will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Zoo of Acadiana, the Shriners Burn Hospital in Galveston, Texas, or the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Shreveport, La. David Funeral Home of Lafayette will be handling arrangements, 316 Youngsville Highway, Lafayette, La. 70508, (337) 837-9887.

Rex was a member of the Blue Lodge of Moline, and a 32nd Degree Mason. He retired from the former International Harvester, Farmall plant, Rock Island, in 1985 as a general foreman of the Assembly Division. He relocated to Camden, Ark., the same year and went to work for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. He retired in 2003 and relocated to Lafayette in 2004.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rebecca Coffeen-Hinton, Lafayette; one daughter, Amber Lea Hinton-Sones, Lafayette; one son, Donald Rex Hinton, Jr., and his wife, Pamela Marie; one granddaughter, Bayley Rebecca Sones, Lafayette; one brother, Ben Leon Hinton, Novinger, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben Leslie and Elsie Evelyn Baker-Hinton.

Rex was a very private and loving man who always thought of his family and friends first. The grief of his wife and children is something only time and prayers will lighten. The family wishes to thank Dr. Karen Smith and Dr. Jody Rosson for all their care and thoughtfulness in caring for Rex.


William Paul “Bill” Rohrbach Passes Away

William Paul “Bill” Rohrbach, 64, a well known attorney from Cody, went to be with our heavenly father Dec. 23, 2007, due to a sudden cardiac event.

Bill was such a warm, energetic, happy individual and was so much a part of his wife's, three children's, nine grandchildren's, family and friends' lives that they are still unsure how to fill the void he has left.

Bill was born in Chicago on Feb. 24, 1943, to Raeburn and Delores Rohrbach. His love of music began at a young age and he was selected for the Moline Boys Choir in grade school. He was first chair violinist in junior high and high school. Besides music and his studies, he spent his school days completing many practical jokes.

Bill joined the Army and became a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division after high school.

While in junior high he first saw the love of his life, Peggy Paulos. He actively pursued her at age 20 and married her two years later.

He continued his lifelong passion for music in a rock and roll band called “The Disciples” while studying at St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa.

After the birth of his first daughter Victoria, Bill and Peggy moved to the Wild West town of Laramie. In 1969 they celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Sara.

Bill completed his law degree at the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1972. He and Peggy then made their final move to Cody where they had their last child, Nicholas, in 1975.

What a life Bill lived in Cody and how many lives were touched during the last 32 years. Bill was an altruistic person who had a passionate outlook on life with an unending source of energy to positively affect those around him. He taught his family how to love and play music, strive for success, help others around them and keep God as a focus in their lives. Every day in Bill's life was lived with gusto, a ready smile and friendly disposition.

Bill had many accomplishments. He was proud to be a Rotarian and looked forward to performing in the annual shows.

Bill started in politics with the Cody School Board, was on the board of Northwest College, and later represented Park County in the Wyoming State House of Representatives. He was serving on the West Park Hospital Board, was an active founder of the Yellowstone Jazz Festival, and was in many community musicals and committees. He recently had enthusiastically agreed to join the Park County Library Foundation Board.

In every facet of life that he touched he gave 100 percent of himself and became a vital member of the group.

What we learned most from Bill was how to laugh, love life to the fullest, eat well and play music often. Bill and Peggy shared 42 years enjoying adventurous travel, fine wine, great food, and many wonderful jam sessions with family and friends. We will always remember his warm and loud belly laugh, his endless stream of jokes, his strong bass voice and his infinite energy encompassing all those around him.

We don't want him to be gone from the earth, but we are confident he lives on in heaven and in every life he touched. We love and miss Papou, Dad, Bill.

His legacy continues through his lifelong companion and wife Peggy Rohrbach, daughters Tori (Dr. Tom) Radosevich of Casper and Dr. Sara (Sverre) Nyquist of Billings, son Nick (Morgan) Rohrbach of Bainbridge Island, Wash., grandchildren Natasha, Samuel, Benjamin and Max Radosevich of Casper, Hanna, Sofia and Espen Nyquist of Billings, and Simi and Maggie Rohrbach of Bainbridge Island, and his siblings and their families Roger (Sally) Rohrbach of Payson, Ariz., Rev. Dick (Deanna) Rohrbach Rossow of St. Louis, Mo., and Steve (Shawna) Rohrbach of Lyons, Colo.

Daniel Cordell Passes Away

 Daniel L. Cordell, 63, of Taylor Ridge, died Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

Funeral services will be 9 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, and 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 1307 17th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with a Christian wake service at 3 p.m. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established.

Daniel L. Cordell was born Nov. 5, 1943, in Moline, the son of Keith and Juliette Termont Cordell. He married Betty Howell in 1962. She preceded him in death. He later married the former Linda S. "Lynn" Kirklin on Oct. 22, 1971, in Moline.

Daniel was a Moline police officer and detective for 29 years, serving as a detective for the last 14 years of his career. He retired May 16, 1997. He had also served on the Moline Police Arson Squad.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Moline Viking Club.

Survivors include his wife Lynn; a son, Chris Cordell, Austin, Texas; stepson and daughter-in-law, Scott and Jody Murray, Osborn, Ill.; stepson, Don Murray, Bahama, N.C.; grandchildren, Chelsea, Tyler and Ashley Murray and Casey Fuller; stepmother, Margene Cordell, Moline; and a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Linda Cordell, Davenport.

Nancy Moore Passes Away

Nancy Jo Moore, 64, of Moline, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at her home.

There will be no service. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at a later date. Quad Cities Cremation Center, Silvis, handled arrangements.

Nancy was born Jan. 31, 1943, in Moline, daughter of Darrell and May E. Brown Moore.

She was a secretary for the University of Illinois extension office in East Moline.

Nancy loved animals, reading, knitting and travel.

Survivors include her brother and spouse, Darrell and Patricia Moore, Silvis, and several cousins.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Jon F. Peterson Passes Away

 Jon F. Peterson, 64, of Moline, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at his home.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior Monday, March 12, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Moline.

Jon was born Jan. 19, 1943, in Moline to Frederick C. and Marjory E. Ericson Peterson.

He had retired as an estimator working for a local construction company.

He enjoyed being outdoors, especially fishing, and working on model trains.

Survivors (and spouses) include his daughters, Christine E. (Harry) Allers, Coal Valley, Erica L. (Matt) Osborne, Raleigh, N.C.; son, Jon M. Peterson, Moline; grandchildren, Paige Peterson, Harrison Allers, Payton Allers. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Online condolences may be expressed to Jon's family by visiting his obituary at

Rosemary Fanning Kennedy Passes Away

Rosemary L. Kennedy, 63, of Rock Island, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport, where she was a member. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, where a rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club.

Rosemary was born July 26, 1943, in Beardstown, Ill., the daughter of Robert and Goldie Nicholson Fanning. She married Gary Williams in 1963 in Moline. Rosemary later married Michael Dergo in 1970 in Moline. She then married James Kennedy on July 1, 2001, in Moline.

Rosemary retired in 2003 as an executive assistant to the president for KJWW Engineering of Rock Island after 23 years.

She enjoyed traveling and cooking. Rosemary loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, James; sons, Bradley Williams, Moline, and Michael Dergo, Glendale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Caroline Rose Williams, Claudia Anne Williams and Brandon Michael Williams; stepdaughters, Kittie Farr and Kandi Arnold, both of Bettendorf; stepgrandchildren, Sara and Brittany Arnold and Jim and Dennis Shepherd; special nephew, Brian; and special friends, Linda, Carol and Lois. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, George and Joseph.

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Dale Blackman Passes Away

Dale A. Blackman, 63, of Coal Valley, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, in Pathway Hospice at Trinity at Terrace Park, Bettendorf.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Celebration of Life Chapel at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Coal Valley, with the Rev. Tim Snart officiating. Burial is in Coal Valley Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Oak Glen Home or Arrowhead Ranch.

Dale Allen Blackman was born March 31, 1943, in Moline, son of Herbert H. and Virginia Treffert Blackman. He married Karen L. Knowles Nov. 9, 1963, in Geneseo. He was employed as a factory repairman at John Deere Harvester Works for 40 years. He also owned the Phillips 66 station in Coal Valley and worked for the railroad.

He was a member of UAW Local 865. He loved his family and his cat, Lucky, and enjoyed antique cars, golfing, bowling, reading and writing.

Dale is survived by his wife, Karen; three children and their spouses, Kelly Jo Oliver, Drew and Linda Blackman and Jenifer "J.J." and Steve Anderson, all of Coal Valley; six grandchildren, Tony Oliver, Spencer, Syd and Sawyer Blackman, and Morgan and Max Anderson; and his sister, Dianna Jo Bambauer, Alpha. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul Kent Blackman; and a granddaughter, Abby Jade Oliver.

Ronald Gibb Passes Away

Ronald D. Gibb, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at Finley H

ospital, Dubuque.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Dubuque, with the Rev. Merlin Schlichting officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, and also after 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. A Ronald D. Gibb memorial fund has been established.

Ronald was born July 13, 1943, in Moline, the son of Bryce and Fern Lewis Gibb. He married Dorothy I. Kennedy on April 24, 1965, in Aledo.

He worked for Iowa Illinois Gas until he moved to Dubuque where he then worked for Dubuque John Deere Tractor Works in plant engineering, until his retirement in 2001.

He was an avid golfer and a member of the Meadows Golf & Country Club. He enjoyed driving his Corvette, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors (and spouses) are his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Cathie (Mike) Cissne, Pewaukee, Wis., and Julie (Jim) Mecham, Franklin, Wis.; two grandchildren, Mackenzie and Kyle Cissne; his parents, Bryce and Fern Gibb, Moline; one sister, Linda (Tom) Gawel, Sleepy Hollow, Ill.


Mary Jo Pynckel Ruggles Passes Away

Services for Mary Jo Ruggles, 58, of 4430 5th Ave., Moline, are 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Gilda's Club.

She died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

Mary Jo Kohler was born July 26, 1943, in Moline to Gladys Olson Kohler. She married Don Ruggles Oct. 16, 1969, in Las Vagas, Nev.

She attended Black Hawk College and graduated from Chamberland School of Retailing, Boston, Mass. She enjoyed all flowers and collected orchids. She also collected antiques and recipes.

Survivors include her mother, Gladys Kohler; sons, Christopher Ruggles, Chicago, and Gregory Ruggles, Davenport; and a sister, Margo Georlett, Moline. She was preceded in death by her father.

Robert Poston Passes Away

 Robert E. Poston, 61, of Moline died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hope United Church of Christ, Moline, with the Rev. A. Parker Lewis III officiating. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorial donations may be given to United Church of Christ.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline.

Robert Ellison Poston was born Feb. 15, 1943, in Moline, the son of Richard H. and Shirley I. Ellison Poston. Robert was a graduate of Moline High School, class of 1961, and attended Black Hawk College.

He served in the United States Army during Vietnam.

Robert was employed at Foldcraft Company, in Kenyon, Minn., and at Harrington Signal, Moline, as a materials purchasing specialist. For the past several years, Robert has been taking care of his mother. He had become very active at Hope United Church of Christ were he currently was serving as vice president of the church council and attended the Men's Breakfast Group. Robert was a past president of the National Association of Purchasing Agents, and was a member of the Order of DeMolay, Moline. In his spare time, Robert enjoyed collecting Hummels.

Surviving family members include his mother, Shirley Poston, Moline; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Marcia Poston, Cedar Falls, Iowa; two nieces, Holly Fitzpatrick, East Moline, and Terri and Mark Fredricks, Rock Island; and three nephews, Jeff and wife, Jandy Poston, Rock Island, Dave Gross, Des Moines, Iowa, and Doug Gross, Woodstock, Ill. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard A. Poston.

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Note From Wendy T. (DeVos) Carnahan, Retires To Florida

I retired from teaching in June 2003 and moved my whole family to the Tampa area.  My son John is teaching high school physics in Tampa and my daughter Julie is in school training to be a nurse.  My husband Bob is also retired.  I am a grandmother of one (soon to be two granddaughters).


Richard Meers Passes Away

 Services for Richard R. Meers, 61, of Milan, are 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Milan. Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Interment will be Monday at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to Jordan Catholic School, Children's Miracle Network or to the family.

He died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at Illini Hospital, Silvis.

Richard was born Feb. 23, 1943, in Moline, to Roy and Bernice Stenzel Meers. He married Sharon Smith June 1, 1963, in Moline.

He was employed as a supervisor in the salvage department for International Harvester Farmall, Rock Island. He then had two businesses, the Admiral Improvement Co., and the Quad City Contract Service. He last worked at K&K Hardward and then Grisham Towing.

Richard was a member of the church and former member of Farmall Retirees Club. He enjoyed his grandchildren, woodworking and was an avid outdoorsman.

Survivors (and spouses) include his wife; daughters, Michele Meers, Milan, Cindy (James) Schoeck, Rock Island, Susan (Carlton) Creger, Milan; grandchildren, Austin, Jake and Lily Schoeck, Emma and Nick Creger; brothers, Bruce (Cindy) Meers, Moline, and Fred (Carol) Meers, Arnold, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Richard Roy Meers.

Belva Jean Shepard Farrar Passes Away

Belva Jean Farrar, 60, of Rock Island passed away suddenly Saturday night, Nov. 22, 2003, at Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital, Scottsdale, Ariz.

As she wished, cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, Rock Island, in May 2004. Burial will be in National Cemetary, Arsenal Island.

Jean was born July 30, 1943, in Moline, daughter of Walto and Anita Kauffman Shepard. She graduated from Moline High School in 1961. She married Alexander Lemaster in 1966. He preceded her in death in 1984.

In 1995 she married Lee M. Farrar of Rock Island. They enjoyed traveling and being together. In 2001, after retirement, they purchased a condominium in Scottsdale and traveled there to reside during the winter months. They are members of First United Methodist Church, Rock Island.

Jean was employed as a paralegal by various Quad-Cities firms specializing in real-estate title searching, most recently employed by Meridian Title Co., Martin Title Co., and Quad City Title Search Co., all of Rock Island.

Jean was a talented quilter, and their homes in Illinois and Arizona were decorated with her many ideas for sewing and quilting projects. She also designed and produced many unique embroidered items for family and friends. She was a member of a local Red Hat Society and enjoyed the association with her society friends.

Survivors include her husband, Lee M. Farrar, Rock Island; stepmother, Evie Shepard, Silvis; son and spouse, John W. and Dawn Lemaster, Chicago; stepsons and spouse, Robert G. Lemaster and Steve L. and Mary Lemaster, all of Elgin, Ill.; stepdaughters and spouses, Carolee E. and Andrew Munoz, Colona, Audrey M. and Rick Johnson, Davenport, and Valerie S. Farrar, Moline.; grandchildren, Gwyneth S. Lemaster, Chicago, Anita M. Miller, Colona, Katheryn J. Freestrom, Naperville, Ill., Jeremy R. Lemaster, Bolingbrook, Ill., Ricky M. Johnson, Erin E. Johnson, and Keri M. Johnson, all of Davenport, and Madison E. Munoz and Logan A. Munoz, Colona; brother and spouse, Ronnie and Eileen Shepard, Tacoma, Wash.; aunts, Joanne Marx, Rock Island, Louise Simmons, Milan, Mary Ellen McKay, Moline, and Betty Kauffman, Seabring, Fla.; and uncles, Bob Simmons, Milan, and Wes Morrison, Moline. She was preceded in death by her parents; aunt, Margaret Morrison, Moline; and uncles, Bill Kauffman, Sebring, Fla., Jack Marx, Rock Island, and Norman McKay, Moline.


R. Michael Schenk Passes Away

R. Michael Schenk, 60, of Moline died on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003, at Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley.

Memorial services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline. Memorials may be made to Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley.

R. Michael Schenk was born March 11, 1943, in Moline, to Erwin and Anna Beede Schenk.

He retired as a school teacher/librarian for Rudyard Michigan Schools in Rudyard, Mich., the Homewood Flossmore Schools and the Moline Public Library.

He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Rock Island County Historical Society and the Monocoupe Club. He volunteered at the Riverside Cemetery Walk as a guide, and he worked on the restoration of the John Deere House, Moline. Through his efforts, the Velie Monocoupe Airplane is on display at the Quad City Airport.

He enjoyed woodcarving and doing architectural drafting.

He is survived by his brothers, John Schenk, Moline, and Robert Schenk, Racine, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Paul Guss Passes Away

Paul H. Guss Sr., 60, of Moline,  died Saturday, June 7, 2003, at his home.

Paul was born Nov. 16, 1942, in Moline, the son of Robert and Leona Ostrand Guss. He married Lola Johnson Jan. 18, 1964, in Moline.

He had worked for John Deere Plow Planter, Moline, and John Deere Parts Distribution Center, Milan, retiring after 30 years of service.

He was a member of Central Baptist Church, Moline, where he was a deacon. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved watching his grandchildren play ball. He enjoyed collecting Hot Wheels.

Survivors include his wife, Lola Guss, Moline; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and John Huys, Moline; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Melissa Guss Jr., Moline; grandchildren, Christina, Matthew, Nicole and Michael; great-grandsons, Joshua and David; parents, Robert and Leona Guss, Moline; sisters and brother-in-law, Barbara Allen, Coal Valley, Annette and Earl Anderson, Moline; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Deanna Guss Jr., Moline, Ray and Margaret Guss, Georgia, Allen and Donna Guss, Moline. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Paul H. Guss III.

Susan Parson Quinn Passes Away

Susan Parsons Quinn, 59, of Moline, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

Susan was born June 27, 1943, in Moline, the daughter of Herbert R. and Delta Mae Johnson Parsons. She graduated from Moline High School and attended Illinois State University, Normal. She graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and taught fourth grade in Overland Park, Kan., until her marriage to James G. Quinn Jr. in 1968.

She worked for Deere for 15 years in the product-support area of the Industrial Equipment Divison, at the Administrative Center, the Grimsby Canadian office and the John Deere Dubuque Works. She retired and spent her time enjoying her friends and family and, in particular, her two young grandchildren.

Susan was a voracious reader, a gifted painter and an accomplished knitter.

Survivors (and spouses) include son, James G. (Denise) Quinn III, Aurora, Ontario, Canada; daughter, Melissa Quinn, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada; grandchildren, Shamus and Ella Quinn, Aurora, Ontario, Canada; sisters, Ann Parsons, Moline, Martha Parsons, Moline; brother, Herbert R. (Sue) Parsons, Marquette, Mich.; nieces, Leah and Brenda Parsons, Marquette. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. May they rest in peace.

Roy Culbertson Passes Away

Roy Richard Culbertson, 58, of Moline, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, in Dixon, Ill., following a heart attack.

Roy was born April 25, 1943, in Moline, the son of James and Gertrude Utterback Culbertson.

Roy worked at Farmall in Rock Island, from 1963 until its closing. He then owned and operated Video 2000 from 1988-1999. He loved bowling.

Survivors (and spouses) are his mother, Gertrude, Moline; sister, Linda Culbertson, Moline; brothers, Carl Culbertson, Moline, Larry Culbertson, Rock Island, and twin brother, Ray (Linda Kay) Culbertson, Andalusia; niece, Cheri Tomlin, Muscatine, Iowa; and nephew, Todd Culbertson, Naperville, Ill. He was preceded in death by his father, James, July 16, 1979


Elaine Almquist Young Passes Away

Elaine Young, 58, Rock Island, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, at home. Services were 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, and noon at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island, where she was a member. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

Memorials may be made to an education fund for her grandchildren or hospice.

She was born Feb. 10, 1943, in Moline, the daughter of Clarence and Elsie DeFauw Almquist. She married Tom Young July 31, 1965, in Moline.

She was a 1961 graduate of Moline High School and a 1964 graduate of Moline Public School of Nursing.

She was employed by Dr. Norman Powell for two years followed by 27 years with Moline Public Hospital, United Medical Center and Trinity Hospitals. Elaine's last employment was with Drs. Snodgrass and Reddy at Heartcare Midwest last working May 2001.

She enjoyed gardening and loved animals. Her favorite pastime was playing with her grandchildren.

Mary Jo "Josie" Williams Ashmore Passes Away

Survivors include her husband, Tom; daughter and husband, Kim and Rod Boyer, Iowa City; son and daughter, Chris and Nancy Young, Rock Island; grandchildren, Zackary, Taylor and McKenzie Boyer and Jacob and Courtney Young; stepmother, Lucille Almquist, Moline, by whom she was raised; a sister, Georgann Benson, Moline; and brothers, Clarence ``Dick'' Almquist, Milan, and Ronald Almquist, Bridgewater, N.J. Her parents preceded her in death. Mary Jo "Josie" Williams Ashmore passed away on July 10, 2001, at home in Pahrump, Nevada. Here is a clipping from the Moline Dispatch, Sunday, August 5, 2001

Donna Hazen Versluis of Moline passed away on March 7, 2001, at Heartland Health care Center. Here is a clipping from the Moline Dispatch, Friday, March 9, 2001:


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