A year from now, the family-owned Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center expects to be in a new location called Trimble Pointe, on the site of the former Irving Elementary School near downtown Moline.
Trimble Pointe will be home to Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Worry Free Cremation Care and Crematory, Veterans Funeral Care, Trimble Funeral Planning and CityView at Trimble Pointe, a reception and celebration center.
The property is located at 701 12th St., three blocks south of the i wireless Center. The 2 1/2-acre site has been vacant since the school burned in 1980 after it previously had closed.
Trimble, at 601 21st St., is being forced to move because of the new Interstate 74 bridge, family members said in a news release.
“It is unfortunate that the I-74 corridor will cause Trimble’s to relocate. However, we are excited that the Trimble family has found a new location in downtown Moline and will be able to expand their business at the same time,” Moline Mayor Don Welvaert said in the release. “Trimble’s has been a Moline staple for many years and we are delighted they chose to stay in Moline.”
The Trimble family acquired the 12th Street property in 2011 from the Mardell and Frank Hayes family, said Reid Trimble, funeral home manager.
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Trimble said they hope to have the foundation footings completed by frost and expect the building will be completed next fall.
The business started in 1874 on Rodman Avenue, now Moline’s River Drive, by Edwin B. Knox, a Civil War veteran who operated E.B. Knox, Picture Framing and Undertaking. At that time, the present funeral home building was a private residence located on the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and 18th Street. The large home was moved to its current location in 1913 to make room for a new YMCA building.
The Knox family acquired the residence in 1923 and made it into a funeral home. Dorothy and Riley Trimble, parents of current owner Eric Trimble, bought the business in 1945.
Among the features planned for the new facility will be a café serving refreshments to funeral guests, an on-site crematory, digital screens and equipment for memorial tributes, a children’s area, and an outdoor gazebo and scattering garden. In addition, there will be a reception center licensed to serve alcohol. The center can be used for funeral luncheons and hospitality visitations and also for community events.