Joan Letcher

CLINTON — Joan L. Letcher, 77, of Clinton, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at Mercy Living Center South, Clinton.

She was born June 6, 1939, in Clinton to Warden and Wilma (Ashpole) Welch. She married Melvin Letcher in Fulton, Illinois, on Aug. 23, 1957. He preceded her in death Oct. 15, 2003.

Joan was a member of the United Methodist Church. She was active in several churches as education director, camp counselor, C.A.T.M.O.S. program, missionary service and church ministry. She earned a bachelor degree from Iowa State University and attended Dubuque Theological Seminary. She was also a 4-H leader.

Surviving are her five children, Kendal (Barb) Letcher, of Washington, Iowa, Drew Letcher, of Iowa City, Kristen (Tom) Irwin, of Atlanta, Dina Detlefsen, of Clinton and Klay Letcher, of Maquoketa, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harlan Welch of Geneseo, Illinois, and Edwin Welch of Albany, Illinois; and a sister Denise Luskey of Fulton;

She also was preceded in death by a grandchild and a great-grandchild.

A memorial has been established to the Albany United Methodist Church Youth Camp or the Dialysis Unit at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, at Albany United Methodist Church, Albany. Services will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David and Bonnie Davies co-officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.

Gary Kiefer

DAVENPORT — Gary Lee Kiefer, 64, of Davenport, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Genesis Medical Center–East Rusholme Street, Davenport, after a brief illness. Services to celebrate Gary’s life will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., downtown Davenport. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Local survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Rebecca Kiefer, of Davenport. A full obituary will be published in Thursday's Quad-City Times.

Charles Lester

DAVENPORT — Charles R. Lester, 84, of Davenport, formerly of Dixon, Illinois, went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Country Manor in Davenport. Fondly known by his family as Uncle Chuck, he loved his wife and family dearly. He began his dairy and ice-cream career with Borden, and later worked in sales for Muller Pinehurst Dairies for more than 30 years prior to his retirement.

Charles was born Sept. 16, 1932, in Dixon, Illinois, the son of Benjamin and Hilda (nee Godt) Lester. He attended Dixon High School. Charles married Lois Cox on May 5, 1950, in Dixon. She preceded him in death on May 31, 2010. Charles served in the U.S. military during the Korean War and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Dixon.

He is survived by three nieces, Elaine Sue (John) Ferris (nee Lester) of Davenport, Jeri (Pete) Seaman (nee Lester) of Westfield, Indiana and Zo Anne Anderson (nee Lester) of Monroe, Wisconsin; four great-nieces; two great-nephews; and 11 great-great-nieces and nephews.

Services will be noon Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at First Evangelical Free Church, Moline, with the Rev. Tom Aubrey officiating and 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at Calvary Baptist Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Wayne Epps officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial has been established for Calvary Baptist Church in Dixon and  Monroe Clinic Hospice in Monroe, Wisconsin. The family is very grateful to Country Manor staff and residents for their loving care and concern for our uncle during his residency there.

Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon.

Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschillingfuneralhome.com.

Steve Owen

MUSCATINE — Steve Owen, 60, of Muscatine, passed away Sept. 22 in Iowa City.

He is survived by his son, Shain Owen; grandson, Triston Owen; loving family members, Rosa Gundrum, Kelly Tiesman, Scott Owen and  Paul Mosley and sister, Renee Martin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Ruth Martin

MILAN — Ruth L. Martin, 64, of Milan, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at her home.

Services will be 5 p.m. Thursday at Ben Butterworth Parkway West Pavilion, 5201 Old River Drive, Moline. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. at the pavilion. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the family.

Ruth was born Nov. 12, 1951, in Moline, the daughter of Donald and Martha (Nelson) Johnson.

Ruth had been employed as a payroll clerk with Community Action of Eastern Iowa, Davenport. She loved playing cards, bowling, softball and coaching softball.

Survivors include her son, Tony Patrizi (Jennifer Stacy), of Bettendorf; granddaughters, Gwen, Holly and Luna Sheridan, all of Bettendorf; brother, Herbert (Leann) Johnson, of Milan; sister-in-law, Mary Johnson, of Milan; special friend, Carol Hender, of Rock Island; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Donald Johnson Jr. and sister, Lorie.

Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.

Joyce Lawrence

FRUITLAND, Iowa — Joyce E. Lawrence, 64, of Fruitland, Iowa, passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at University Hospitals, Iowa City, after an 11-year courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

Services will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Fruitland Community Center. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Multiple Myeloma Research, Patient Access Network or Chronic Disease Fund, and sent to Traci Hook, 18572 Maverick Lane, Muscatine. Online condolences may be left at www.wittichfuneralhome.com.

Edward Danielsen

SHERRARD, Ill. — Edward C. Danielsen, 86, of Sherrard, Illinois, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Silver Cross Health & Rehab, Rock Island.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rural Township at Beulah, where military honors will be conducted by the Reynolds American Legion Post 1166. Memorials may be made to Quad-City Honor Flight.

Edward was born Sept. 10, 1930, in Dixon, Iowa, the son of Daniel and Caroline Dralle Danielsen. He married Donna J. Nitzel on Oct. 10, 1970, in Moline. Edward was a veteran, having proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as a production planner for Alcoa from Jan. 17, 1955, to June 1989, retiring after 34 years.

Edward was a current member of Heritage Wesleyan Church, Rock Island, where he was an usher. He was a member of Dixon (Iowa) American Legion and Moline Viking Club. Edward loved gardening and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed dancing.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; daughter, Beth (Tom) Thuringer, of Sun Lakes, Arizona; four grandchildren, Sunny Serres, of Chicago, Andrea (Justin) Culps, of Shelby Township, Michigan, Randy Serres, of Moline and Emily Serres, of Meriden, Connecticut; two great-grandchildren, Sydni Culps and Joanne Serres; and a sister, Arla Mae Ebers, of Lowden, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Thomas, brother, Ted, sisters, Dorothy McMain and Louise Homrighausen and two step-sons, Bruce and Randall Serres.

Memories may be shared online by visiting esterdahl.com.

Nancy Jahn Mielke

COAL VALLEY — Nancy Jahn Mielke, 80, of Coal Valley, well-known area business woman and singer, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Trinity Rock Island.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Milan, with the Rev. Gregory S. Michel officiating. Burial is in Coal Valley Cemetery. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today at Trimble Funeral Home, Coal Valley. Memorials may be made to the church.

 Nancy Jean Jahn was born Nov. 8, 1935, to Paul F. and Evelyn Johnson Jahn. She married Donald R. Mielke on Dec. 27, 1954, in Rock Island. She owned and operated Regal Faire Inc. in Coal Valley since 1982, and previously was a co-owner and officer in Regalia Manufacturing, Rock Island, from 1969-1981. She was also a professional vocalist. She sang with the Kix Band in the Quad-Cities, sang at many local restaurants, especially Hunter’s Club in Rock Island, and recorded her own album, “In the Wee Small Hours.”

She was proud of her Swedish heritage and was a member of Clara Lodge of Moline VIking Club. She was a trustee of the Robert R. Jones Public Library in Coal Valley, and an active member of the Quad-City Chamber, where she served as an ambassador for many years. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Musicians Union Local 67 in Davenport, Quad-City Multi-Chords and Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs. She was a member of the Republican Women of Rock Island County, had been active in Republican politics, and was proud of her son, Drue, serving on the Rock Island County Board.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Donald; two sons, Dwight Mielke and Drue Mielk;e and friend Dale Seaholm, all of Coal Valley. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Paul R. Jahn.

Nancy’s family invites friends to share stories and condolences at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.

Lois Lyles Lewis

COAL VALLEY — Lois B. Lyles Lewis, 100, of Coal Valley, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.

Private services will be held. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Moline. Memorials may be made to the USO Rock Island, ATTN: IMRI-MWA, Building 110, 1-S.E., Rock Island, IL 61299-5000. Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory Ltd., Moline, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lois was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Mount Vernon, Illinois, the daughter of Sherman and Myrtle H. Peace Lyles. She had worked at Rock Island Arsenal, Chicago District Corps of Engineers and later retired from Deere & Co.

Lois was a member of War Mothers. She enjoyed continuously volunteering for veterans and military service members and their families. Lois accrued 5,000 volunteer hours in her Quad-City home area.

Lois was a toastmistress for Toastmasters as well as a church secretary and piano player. She loved to read and travel.

Survivors include her daughter, Doris (Walter) White; grandchildren, Garrison R. White, Gregory S. (Loren) White, Alicia Lyn (Duane) Burns, Adrienne Joy (Douglas) Green, Walter Guy (Tina) White and Todd D. (Tracy) White; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands and brother, Arthur.

Memories may be shared online by visiting esterdahl.com.

Gary Menz

FULTON, Ill. — Gary D Menz, 75, of Fulton, Illinois, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton.

A Memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton, with the Rev. Matthew Camaioni officiating. There is no visitation. Internent will be at St. Irenaeus Calvary Cemetery, Clinton. A memorial for the American Cancer Society has been established.

Gary was born June 9, 1941, in Brainerd, Minnesota, to Raymond W. and Hazel (Corwin Foughty) Menz. He was educated in Clinton grade schools and was a 1960 graduate of Clinton High School. He then went into an apprenticeship through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). On Oct. 15, 1961, he married Dolores “Dee” Ferguson in Clinton. Gary was a journeyman electrician with IBEW Local 145. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton. He also was a member of the Autumn Leaf Jewel Tea Club and a member of different antique-lighting clubs. Gary was an avid bass fisherman and enjoyed woodworking, attending auctions and antiquing – especially for antique lighting.

Survivors include his wife, Dee; two daughters, Kathleen “Kathy” (Keith) Leffler, of Fulton and Karen Pindar, of Winfield, Illinois; three grandchildren, Konnor Leffler, Kelsey Leffler and Kaitlyn Pindar; and one brother, William “Bill” (Gwen) Menz, of O’Fallon, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Nancy Anderson

MILAN — Nancy L. Anderson, 82, of Milan, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at her home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Milan. Burial is at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Taylor Ridge. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Milan. Memorials may be made to Milan Food Pantry, Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana or Lutheran World Relief.

Nancy Lee Hickerson was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Davenport, a daughter of James and Marguerite Rodts Hickerson. She was baptized into the Christian faith March 11, 1934, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline. She married Lyle E. Anderson on May 8, 1954, at Zion Lutheran Church, Taylor Ridge, where she was received into the church by her confirmation Aug. 18, 1954.

Nancy attended St. Joseph Catholic School, Rock Island, and graduated from Alleman High School. As a teen, she worked at Weller's Drive Inn, Milan. After high school, Nancy worked at Bituminous Insurance and later for Dohrn Transfer Co. She also worked at Anderson and Mandle Grain Co., Milan.

She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Milan, where she served a number of years as a Vacation Bible School leader and was also a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML). Nancy had been a leader of the Lucky Clover 4-H Club and was an active quilter, making baby quilts for charitable organizations.

Survivors include her husband, Lyle; daughter, Christina (James) Barrows, of Milan; sons, the Rev. Steven (Sara) Anderson, of Sherrard, Illinois,  Matthew (Kathleen) Anderson, of Rock Island, the Rev. David (Susanne) Anderson, of Bettendorf and Paul (Darci) Anderson, of Milan; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Hickerson, of Orion; and her sister, Kathleen (Bob) Laleman, of Loudon, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, John "Jack", James, Charles, and William "Bill" Hickerson.

Online condolences may be left at wheelanpressly.com.

Vicki Green

ROCK ISLAND — Vicki Lynn Green, 62, of Rock Island, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice, Bettendorf.

In accordance with her wishes, her body will be cremated. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Visitation is 10 a.m. until time of services Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Vicki was born April 3, 1954, in Rock Island, a daughter of Roland and Annie (Merchant) Green. She was a registered nurse working in the mental health department at Mercy Hospital, later Genesis West in Davenport, retiring after 30 years of service. In her free time, Vicki enjoyed traveling and spoiling her son and grandkids.

Those left to honor her memory include her son, Thomas S. Green, of Rock Island; grandchildren, R. Connor Green and Avary C. Green; sister, Mary (Monte) Keller, of Illinois City; brother, Roland (Janis) Green, of East Moline; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and a sister, Shirley Bragg, preceded Ms. Green in death.

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Melvin Blaser

MILAN — Melvin J. Blaser, 90, of Rock Island, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Trinity Bettendorf. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Milan. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 4th Ave. E., Milan. Burial with military honors will be in Chippiannock Cemetery. Memorials may be made in care of Trinity United Methodist Church, Milan.

Melvin was born Jan. 29, 1926, in Rock Island, the son of William and Irene (Crompton) Blaser. Melvin married Betty O'Connell on June 19, 1947, at Milan Methodist Church. Mel worked for Deere & Co. until he was called to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He later returned to Deere & Co. moved up through the company. Melvin retired in 1980 as central region manager and worldwide coordinator for shipping and distribution of industrial equipment.

Mel was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Milan. He served as lead usher and opened the church every Sunday morning for years. He greatly enjoyed duck hunting, fishing and golf. He was an avid reader and a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. Mel loved watching all of his children and grandchildren compete and perform in all kinds of different activities. He was always there to cheer on and lend support to his family. In his earlier years, Mel coached baseball in the Taylor Ridge/Reynolds area and also was a past president of Rockridge School Board.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Betty; son, Mel (Susan) Blaser; daughters, Pam Versluys, Kathy (George) Bollinger and Marcia Mandle; grandchildren, Josh Bollinger, Jason (Jennifer) Bollinger, Jennifer (Jamie) Petersen, Andrea (Dave) Smith, Nate (Shanea) Mandle, Carrie (Jake) Montague, Tucker (Anna) Blaser, Tyson (Holley) Blaser, Chris (Dave) Tennant, Thomas (Mellisa) Normoyle and Zachary (Rachel) Versluys; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and his sister, Janet Watkins

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Blaser

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com.

Randall Rathje

DAVENPORT — Randall (Randy) Bruce Rathje, 62, of Davenport, died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at his home after a courageous battle with melanoma. Visitation is 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., Davenport. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport.

Randall Bruce Rathje was born March 6, 1954, in Davenport, the son of Gilbert L. and Wanda (Henning) Rathje. He grew up in Davenport, attending Davenport Community Schools and was actively involved in a variety of youth activities. But like all of his brothers, baseball was his sport of choice. In 1972, he graduated from Davenport Central High School, where he participated in baseball, football and basketball. He was a member of Central’s 1971 state champion baseball team and was captain of the team his senior year. After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Iowa and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration.

In 1976, Randy met the love of his life, Susie Priester Rathje, and they were united in marriage Nov. 11, 1978, at First Congregational Church, Moline. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Charlie and Katie, whom Randy adored.

Randy began his professional career within the treasury/finance department of the former Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric Co., and held various positions of increasing responsibility during a 17-year career. After the merger that formed MidAmerican Energy Co., he chose not to relocate and began a career in the financial services industry, serving as an account executive with Merrill Lynch and then as a trust officer with Quad-City Bank & Trust. In 1999, he was presented with an opportunity to return to an operating role and accepted a position as chief financial officer of Lujack’s Northpark Auto Plaza, for which he served until the sale of the dealership in 2007. He made a career transition in 2008 by starting a consulting business, where he provided services to several local businesses and was instrumental in the facilitation of the merger of the Iowa and Illinois Quad-Cities Chambers of Commerce. In 2014, he was delighted to be appointed the president/CEO of the Regional Development Authority (RDA).

Randy was extremely active in all types of athletics throughout his life. He thoroughly enjoyed coaching his children and their friends in YMCA soccer and basketball, Little League and Pony League baseball. He took the lead in the Friends of Brady Street Stadium project, and was an avid supporter of the Blue Devil Athletic Foundation and Davenport Central High School Booster Club. Randy was a former member and past president of Davenport Country Club, Davenport Quarterback Club, and a current member of Crow Valley Golf Club, where he also served as a past president.

Randy was very dedicated to the community. He served as director of Davenport Community Improvement Corp., Downtown Davenport Partnership board of directors, as past treasurer of Friends of the Davenport Public Library, Junior Achievement Project Business volunteer, Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Besides his illustrious career, Randy was truly devoted to his family and friends. Those left to honor his memory include his loving wife of 37 years, Susan; children, Charles (Jessica) Rathje, of Bettendorf and Katherine Rathje, of Davenport; granddaughter, Audrey; brothers, James (Karen) Rathje, of Bettendorf and Eugene Rathje, of Ottumwa, Iowa; father-in-law, Walter Priester; sister-in-law, Ann (Mark) Collison, of Marshalltown, Iowa; brother-in-law, David (Julia) Priester, of Charlotte, North Carolina; nephews and a niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Larry, and mother-in-law, Nancy Dunn Priester.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Randy’s name to the Blue Devil Athletic Foundation, The University of Iowa Foundation to support the Melanoma Research Fund or St. Paul Lutheran Church. Remembrances and online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Mr. Rathje’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

Gilbert Breckling

SILVIS — Gilbert E. Breckling, 81,  of Silvis, passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at his home. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Church of the Quad-Cities, Moline. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline. Memorials may be made to Quad-City Area Special Olympics.

Gil was born Oct. 19, 1934, in Davenport, the son of Walter and Marie (Cappaert) Breckling. He graduated from United Township High School, Class of 1952. Gilbert was stationed in Korea while serving in the U.S. Army. He married Roberta Smith on Dec. 7, 1968, in East Moline. He was a journeyman electrician, working throughout the Quad-Cities, including John Deere Foundry. Gil was a member of Calvary Church and its Healing Team. He was active with the Rock Island County Fair and always was there to help those in need. He was an avid fisherman, had a great sense of humor and loved his family dearly. He truly had a heart of gold.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta; children, Robert Breckling and Scott Breckling, both of Janesville, Wisconsin, Marty (Laurie) Breckling, of Clinton Township, Michigan, Teri (Bill) Kaufman, of Moline, Shari (Patrick) Gall, of Rapids City and Traci (Rick) Connor, of Port Byron; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Philip (Mary) Breckling, of Crosby, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and children, Christopher Breckling and Kari Copeland, and brothers, Robert, Ronald and Steve.

He was known as “Honest Gil” to everyone who knew him.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.

Lloyd Riendeau

DAVENPORT — Lloyd Raymond Riendeau, 76, of Davenport, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Holy Family Church, Davenport. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Memorials may be made to the family or Holy Family Church. Online tributes and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.rungemortuary.com.

He was born June 7, 1940, in Argyle Village, Minnesota, the son of Ralph R. and Arneline E. (Sourdiff) Riendeau. He was a proud Marine Corps veteran. On May 13, 1961, Lloyd was united in marriage to Nettie Martin.

After 36 years of dedicated service, he retired from Oscar Mayer in 1996.

Lloyd was proud of his Quad-Cities Cruisers membership. He enjoyed walking the mall and the fitness club. He took great pride in his family, especially his grandchildren. Lloyd had a big heart and was always willing to help whenever anyone was in need.

Those left to honor his memory include Nettie Riendeau, his loving wife of 55 years; children, Michael Riendeau and Tina (Ron Jr) Morrison; grandchildren, Joshua (Emily) Morrison, Eric Morrison and Miranda Morrison; brother, Robert Riendeau; sisters-in-law, Prudy Riendeau and Georgia Riendeau; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Donald, Vernon and Raymond, mother-in-law, Julia Matherly and grandmother-in-law, Elizabeth Winters.

Doran Wara

EAST MOLINE — Doran Delbert Wara, 86, of East Moline, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Rosewood Care Center, Moline. Services will be 9:30 a.m. Friday at Christ Church Cathedral, 1717 8th Ave., Moline. Burial is in Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where the East Moline American Legion Post 227 will conduct military honors. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline. Memorials may be made to Christ Church Cathedral or the American Cancer Society.

Doran was born June 9, 1930, in Lead, South Dakota, the son of Oscar and Cecilia (Whetter) Wara.

He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and graduated with a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering. He served in the Army Chemical Corps during the Korean War.

He retired from John Deere Plow Plow Planter Works in various positions, starting as an engineer and working up into management. He belonged to Oakwood Country Club and was a member of East Moline Masonic Lodge. He also was a member of Christ Church Cathedral, Moline.

He was an avid Packers and Illini fan. He tried to go to a Packers game once a year. He enjoyed fishing and golfing. He has the record fish from Leesome Lake, Wisconsin, and enjoyed woodworking.

He is survived by Rose Marie Wara, his wife of 60 years; sons and daughters, listed in order of age, Jeffrey (Dianna) Wara, Kelley (Rich) Chaney, Randy (Kathleen) Wara and Nancy (Mike) Wara Androff; grandchildren, Melissa and Corey Wara, Ryan and Robert Chaney, Kandi Maxwell and Isadora and Lillian Androff.

Special thanks to the staff at Rosewood Care Center and hospice for their compassionate care of Doran.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.

Vern Miller

DAVENPORT — Vern E. Miller, 80, of Davenport, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Silver Crest. Services will be noon Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Runge Mortuary. Visitation is 11 a.m. until noon at the mortuary. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.rungemortuary.com.

Vern was born Feb. 9, 1936, in Big Flats, Wisconsin, the son of Charles and Leona (Murray) Miller. He served in the Army for 11 years. He was united in marriage to Inge Birling on June 4, 1957, in Augsburg, Germany. He retired from the Rock Island Arsenal as a computer analyst after 25 years. He was a member of Faith United Church of Christ for many years.

He is survived by one daughter, Susan (Philip) Rusch, of Davenport; one son, Vern (Debbie) Miller Jr., of Mansfield, Texas; four grandchildren, Joe and Sean McKinney, Laura Miller and Amy (Dale) Cole; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Inge, his mother, father and step-father, Paul, two brothers, Al and John and one sister, Carolyn.

The family would like to thank the staff and management at Silver Crest for their care and support.

Virginia Mae Steffens

WINFIELD, Iowa — Virginia Mae Steffens, 87, of Winfield, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at University Hospitals, Iowa City. The daughter of August and Wilma (Waite) Hansen, she was born Feb. 25, 1929, in Oxford Junction, Iowa. On Feb. 21, 1948, she married Delbert Steffens at Oxford Junction. She graduated from Oxford Junction High School and attended the University of Dubuque. She retired from the Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, working in the financial department for 28 years. She was a member of Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church and WELCA. She enjoyed attending grandchildren’s sporting and musical events.

Survivors include two daughters, Cindy and Dave Lane of Ankeny, Iowa, and Sherry and Mike Honts of Winfield; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; brother, Ronnie Hansen of Clarence, Iowa; sister, Dee Wollenzien of Thief River Falls, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents, one infant grandson, one brother, Gary Hansen and one sister, Joyce Buresh.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Honts Funeral Home in Winfield, with Rev. Mark Youngquist officiating. Interment will follow at the Winfield-Scott Township Cemetery. Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. prior to the service. A memorial has been established for Swedesburg Lutheran Church.

Dorothy H. Westerman

MUSCATINE — Dorothy H. Westerman, 98, of Muscatine, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Trinity Muscatine.

Cremation rites have been facilitated by Nichols Life Tribute Funeral and Cremation Services, Muscatine. Private interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lifetributeservices.com.

Dorothy Helen Rodgers was born March 18, 1918, the daughter of William Matthew and Etta Marie Eis Rodgers. She married Jay Frederick Armstrong. He died in 1938. She married Charles William Nyweide on April 29, 1939. He died in June 1963. She then married Ray Westerman on Feb. 22, 1969, in East Moline. He died Aug. 8, 2004.

She had worked at Woolworth, Montgomery Ward's, and Whitman’s Grocery. During World War II Dorothy worked at Kaiser-Permanente Ship Yards office in Marin County, San Francisco, California.

She loved to watch the birds and squirrels.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory include her children, William (Donna) Nyweide of Muscatine, James C. (Livia) Nyweide of Muscatine, John (Pat) Nyweide of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Mary Ann (Steve)Theobald of Muscatine; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and three husbands.

Sharyn K. Ehlers

DAVENPORT — Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Sharyn K. Ehlers, 70, of Davenport will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4105 N. Division St., Davenport. Burial will be in Rock Island Memorial Park. The family will greet friends 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Halligan–McCabe–DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., Davenport. There will be additional visitation Thursday in the gathering space at Our Lady of Victory from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Sharyn passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 25 at her residence in Davenport, surrounded by her family.

Sharyn Kay Greenwood was born July 17, 1946, in Rock Island, a daughter of Herbert H. and Ada F. (Wakefield) Greenwood. Sharyn graduated from Rock Island High School 1964 and went on to nursing school. She was united in marriage to Michael E. Ehlers on July 10, 1971, in Davenport.

In earlier years, Sharyn had worked at the former St. Luke’s Hospital in Davenport. She then worked in the Davenport School District transportation department and then in later years with CitiBus, retiring as a dispatcher supervisor. She was an active member of Our Lady of Victory and also enjoyed bowling, belonging to many leagues over the years, and coached Dad’s Club baseball.

Memorials can be made to either Café on Vine or to the family.

Those left to honor her memory include, husband, Michael E. of Davenport; their children, a daughter, Ann Marie (John) McGlynn, Davenport; two sons, James Ehlers, Davenport and Michael H. (Renee) Ehlers, Fort Madison, Iowa; grandchildren, Ian H., Brody and Ada Marie McGlynn, Sarah Ehlers, and Jacob H. and Allison Ehlers; sister-in-laws, Diane Greenwood, Rock Island, Barb Waters, Davenport, Mary Bulens, Hampton, Joanne (Gary) Van Acker, Long Grove; brothers-in-law, Anthony Ehlers (Johnna) Davenport and Paul Joseph (Beth) Ehlers, Kenosha, Wisconsin; and many nieces, nephews and great friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Vernon H. Greenwood.

May they rest in peace.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Sharyn’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

Carleton Beckman

 MUSCATINE — Carleton G. “Willie” Beckman, 84, of Muscatine, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at his home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Muscatine Memorial Park. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Administration. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com.

Carleton was born Sept. 22, 1932, in Muscatine, the son of Fred and Bernice Townsend Beckman. He married Rose Ann M. Wetzel on Dec. 4, 1954, in Muscatine. She preceded him in death on June 27, 1995.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.

He was a truck driver for Kraft Foods for 22-years and worked maintenance for the Muscatine County Jail.

He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion Post 27.

He enjoyed collecting cans, treasure hunting, gardening, and getting together with friends at his home on Sundays for their fun BS discussions.

Those left to honor his memory include two sons, Steve Beckman Sr. and Mary Phillips, of Milan; Carleton “Hank” Beckman and wife Kim, of Illinois City; one daughter, Patricia “Patty” Steger and husband Mike, of Milan; five grandchildren, Heidi Steger, Holli Ebizo and husband Kodjovi, Steve Beckman Jr. and wife Kristy, Ashley Beckman and Allison Beckman; four great-grandchildren; five step- grandchildren; several step-great -grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; four sisters-in-law, Linda Brugman, Berniece Beckman and Dorothy Wetzel, all of Muscatine, and Marion Wetzel, of Naperville, Illinois

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two daughters, Barbara and Tina Beckman; one granddaughter Angel Steger; four brothers, Everett, Robert, Fred and Charles; three sisters, Margaret Krieger, Helen Maylone and Leona Wagner.

Michael C. Murphy

FORT MADISON, Iowa — Michael C. Murphy, 64, of Fort Madison, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at his home. He was born Aug. 31, 1952, in Centerville, Iowa, to Clifford E. and Janet L. Hendershot Murphy. He married Deborah M. Britton on Oct. 9, 1971, in Fort Madison. He worked at the DuPont Company for 33 years and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Fort Madison Airport Commission and the Radio Control Association. He was a former member of the Fort Madison Izaak Walton League, Moose Lodge and Eagles Club. He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters and going to their activities.

Mike is survived by his wife: Deborah Murphy of Fort Madison; son, Jason Murphy of Wayland, Missouri; daughter, LeAnn Murphy of Fort Madison; two granddaughters, Bailey and Aubrey Murphy of Fort Madison; his mother and step-father, Janet (Lauren) Fisher of Wapello, Iowa; brother, Pat (Gladys) Murphy of Wapello; sister, Susan (John) VanPelt of Burlington, Iowa; two step-brothers, L.J. Fisher and Bruce Fisher, both of Muscatine; two step-sisters, Laura Marshall of Durant, Iowa, Linda Silva of Muscatine, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with the family to receive friends from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. His body will be cremated following the visitation. A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory with the Rev. Bill Willis officiating. Burial will be at Soldiers’ Circle in Oakland Cemetery with military rites performed by the Fort Madison Veterans Honor Guard. A memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences and a video tribute of Mike’s life may be viewed at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.

Barbara Ann Laing

DAVENPORT — Barbara Ann Laing, 76, of Davenport passed away on Sept. 25, 2016. Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the First Assembly of God, Bettendorf. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial will be at Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Barbara Ann Richards was born Jan. 2, 1940, to Delbert and Jane (Bonham) Richards in Princeton, Indiana. Siblings include Diedra Richards, William Greg (Connie), Joseph (Ruby), Kim (Diane), and Steve Richards. She did clerical work for Auto Parts Company, Lujack's and retired from Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in 2008. She enjoyed singing in the choir at Bettendorf Nazarene and later Bettendorf First Assembly of God, where she was very active.

Also, she enjoyed going on Mission MAPS Trips, lighthouses, cats, puzzles, traveling and staying at bed and breakfasts. Time with her family was very precious and they meant the world to her. In 1970, she was united in marriage to Ronald Woodruff, who passed away in 1982. They had a daughter, Kelly Haynes, and two grandchildren, Paige and Drake along with two stepchildren, Mark (Theresa) Woodruff, (three children, Derek, Samantha and Alexis, two great-grandchildren), and Beckie (Jay) Wilson, (two grandchildren, Arielle and Dakota, one great-grandchild.)

In 1989 she married Ralph “Peter” Laing with five stepchildren, Teresa (Don) Laing-Ware, Roger Laing, Todd (Kelly) Laing, Ralph Laing, Karyn (Mike) Walters, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Barb was preceded in death by her sisters Catherine and Lee Etta, and brothers, Delbert (Danny) and Phillip, and parents.

Harriett Moomey

DAVENPORT — Harriett Moomey, 93, of Davenport, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at her home. Services in celebration of her life will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, where her family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park.

Mrs. Moomey was born in 1923 in Davenport, to Cecil Springsteen and Lydia Bullis. She married Raymond Moomey on June 11, 1961, in Muscatine. He preceded her in death June 8, 1999.

Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Stedman of Davenport; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters and one brother. In addition to her parents and husband, Harriett was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara McCoy; eight brothers and six sisters.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the Moomey family by visiting this obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.

Vera L. Bolte

 ROCK ISLAND — Vera L. Bolte, 96, of Rock Island, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Rock Island Memorial Park. Memorials may be made in care of First Baptist Church, Rock Island, or a charity of your choice.

Vera was born May 3, 1920, in Rock Island, a daughter of Alma and Edna Ralston Witherspoon. She married Raymond C. Bolte on Aug. 2, 1941, in Missouri. He preceded her in death on April 9, 2005.

Vera worked for Container Corporation for 25 years. She was a very active member of First Baptist Church, Rock Island. Vera enjoyed listening to books on tape.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children (and spouses), Wayne (Shirley) Bolte, Omaha, Nebraska, Nancy (Nick) Coin, Rock Island, Carol (Bill) Jackson, Pawcatuck, Connecticut, and Terry (Mary Olson) Bolte, Rockwood, Michigan; grandchildren, Steve, Gena, Charles, Michael, Kate, Jennifer, Jeremy and Jessica; great-grandchildren, Emma, Caroline, Justin, Miranda, Natalie, Dana, Bailey, Molly, Jackson, Carson, Ava and Miles; brother, Milton (Phyllis) Witherspoon, Rock Island; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and five brothers and sisters.

The family would like to thank the staff at Friendship Manor for the compassionate care extended to Vera and her family during her time there.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com.

Gloria Ann Heath

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. — Gloria Ann Heath, 82 of Englewood, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at Englewood Health & Rehab Center.

Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made to the family.

Gloria was born Jan. 20, 1934, in Davenport, a daughter of Ralph and Elsie (Ahrens) Bartscher. She married Paul E. Heath Jr. on Oct. 16, 1957, in Davenport. He preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 2015.

Gloria was a homemaker for much of her life, but also worked for Davenport Bank & Trust for 12 years. In her free time, she enjoyed dancing, traveling, bicycling, tennis, badminton, watching NASCAR, and being with her family. Before moving to Florida, she had been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport.

Survivors include her daughters, Dianna (Terry) Kitchen, Moline, and Sherry Heath, East Moline; grandchildren, Heather Kitchen and Todd Kitchen, both of Moline; great-grandchildren, Renee Shipp and Preston Fulton; sisters, Marion Drier, Moline, and Betty Stinson, Louisville, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, her parents and brothers, Roland and Don Bartscher preceded Mrs. Heath in death.

Share memories and condolences at hodgsonfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Jahn Mielke

COAL VALLEY — Nancy Jahn Mielke, 80, of Coal Valley, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Trinity Rock Island. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Trimble Funeral Home, Coal Valley, where further arrangements are pending. Survivors include her husband, Donald.

Ralph Barnett

BETTENDORF — Ralph Barnett, 97, of Bettendorf, passed away quietly on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at his home. Services in celebration of his life will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Pine Lake Camp, Eldora, Iowa.

Mr. Barnett was born March 28, 1919, in Eldon, Iowa, to Anna Mae (Norris) and William Harl Barnett. He was one of 12 children. He lived many years in Trenton, Missouri. He learned to work at an early age. He graduated from Trenton High School and from Bradley Polytechnic Institute, Peoria. He married Mary Frances Peacher on June 16, 1944, in Brookfield, Missouri. They celebrated 67 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on July 1, 2011. They loved to listen to Lawrence Welk on Saturday nights. He worked for Bendix, later Litton, making altimeters for rockets. He also worked for Walkers Jewelry, Rice and Kraft Jewelers doing watch and jewelry repair. His retirement hobby was making wood toys and model planes from beautiful hardwoods. He truly was a master craftsman with his woodworking.

Survivors include his four children, Randal (Lynne) Barnett and Sherry (Joe) Smahaj, all of Lowden, Iowa, Jim Barnett of Davenport, and Shirley (Jerry) Strohm of Eldridge; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Elmer (Margaret) Barnett of Breckenridge, Missouri; sisters Naomi (Raymond) Scott and Ethel (Harold) Booth, all of Trenton, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and four brothers and four sisters.

He was blessed to have a very special friend and caregiver. A very special thank you to the Hospass Compasses team. They are amazing for comfort, care, and support.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the Barnett family by visiting this obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.

Marjorie Mae Rhoads

FENTON, Ill. — Marjorie Mae Rhoads, 101, of Fenton, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Eagle Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clinton.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Fenton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jan Shaulis officiating. Visitation will be 4–7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Morrison Chapel of Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Fenton Cemetery.

Marjorie was born June 2, 1915, in Aurora, Illinois, to Edwin D. and Mary (Engelkens) Glazier. At the age of 3, she and her family moved to the family farm north of Fenton, where she spent her childhood. She was educated at the Bunker Hill Grade School in rural Morrison, Illinois, and attended Morrison High School. On Dec. 24, 1936, she married Kenneth W. Jensen in Wyoming, Illinois. After their marriage, they farmed in several areas in the Fenton and Morrison area. He died Nov. 27, 1955. She later married Roger E. Rhoads on Dec. 12, 1961, in Morrison. Marjorie was employed at General Electric Co., Paddock Cleaners, and Volckmans Furniture in Morrison. Later she was employed by Deluxe and Potter’s Cleaners in Dixon, Illinois. Marjorie was a lifelong member of Fenton United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school. She and her husband Roger, enjoyed traveling from coast to coast and adding to her doll collection. She also enjoyed her flower garden and making quilts. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A memorial to the Fenton United Methodist Church Sunday School has been established.

Survivors include her husband, Roger; one daughter, Judith (Bill) Schaller of Fenton; two sons, Larry (Beverly) Jensen of Morrison and Don (Julie) Jensen of Fulton; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lillian Unger of Morrison.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth; one great-grandson, Jobe House; one brother, George E. Glazier; three sisters, Hazel “Marie” Conner, Catherine “Irene” Bush and Reva Armstrong.

To send online condolences go to www.bosmarenkes.com

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