DAVENPORT -- Funeral Services and Mass of Christian Burial for Laverne E. Bald, 97, a resident of Davenport, will be Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1923 N. Fillmore, Davenport. Private burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport, at a later date. The family will greet friends 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 N. Main Street, downtown Davenport. There will be a brief prayer service at 4:00 pm that all are invited to attend.
Laverne died on Friday, May 26, 2017, at the Kahl Home, Davenport.
Laverne Edward Bald was born on June 13, 1919 in Fort William, Ontario, Canada, to Harry E. and Alice M. (Flynn) Bald. He was raised in Davenport and graduated from St. Ambrose College. He met Shirley Ann Mielke at a dance hall where she was playing piano with the band. It was love at first sight for Laverne and he and Shirley were married on April 21, 1942, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Davenport. After serving four years in the Army Air Force in World War II, Laverne and Shirley settled in Davenport, where they raised their four children. They were lifelong members of Holy Family Parish.
Laverne worked in the accounting field as treasurer for Federal Bake Shops until 1960. He then went to work as Comptroller for Jaydon Distributors until he retired in 1992. His work ethic was unmatched.
Laverne and Shirley loved to polka dance and were members of the Iowa Polka Club. They enjoyed traveling with the club to dances throughout the Midwest. After moving to Courtyard Estates Assisted Living in Walcott, Laverne took to singing songs from the 30’s and 40’s. He enjoyed singing along with music groups that came to entertain at the Courtyard and each morning upon arrival in the dining room for breakfast, he would stop and sing a song to the diners and staff. While at the Courtyard, Laverne lovingly and tirelessly cared for Shirley. His life revolved around his wife and children, and providing a good life for them.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sisters of the Humility of Mary, 820 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport, or the ARC of the Quad Cities, 4016 – 9th Street, Rock Island, IL.
Those left to honor Laverne are his children; Jacqueline (Bill) Overman, Leawood, Kan., Jerome (Vonnie) Bald, Davenport and Fred (Betsy) Bald, Los Angeles; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and a daughter, Connie Lou Bald.
The Bald family would like to thank the staff at Courtyard Estates Assisted Living in Walcott for their care and kindness over the last five years.
Online condolences and remembrances may be expressed to the family by visiting Laverne’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com