ROCK ISLAND — Ira J. Weindruch, 87, longtime Quad-City resident, died following complications from surgery on Feb. 11, 2014, in Boca Raton, Fla.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Sunday at Congregation Beth Israel at the Tri City Jewish Center, Rock Island. Burial is at Hebrew Cemetery, Rock Island. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to the Tri City Jewish Center.
Mr. Weindruch was a proud Rock Island native. He was born Jan. 22, 1927, in Rock Island, a son of Frank and Lena Wiss Weindruch. Ira married Donna Friedman on Oct. 19, 1952, in Chicago.
He attended Rock Island High School and graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Missouri. He attended the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity. He was a Hawkeye fan to his last breath. He joined his older brother, Bernie, as part of the management team at Eagle Food Centers, a company founded by their father, Frank Weindruch. He had a second career as owner and operator of Builders Sand and Gravel, a redimix concrete company located in Davenport.
For many years, he was active in the leadership of the Tri City Jewish Center and a host of Jewish-related causes. A founding member of Crow Valley Country Club, Ira was an avid golfer and accomplished fisherman. In later years, Ira and his wife of 61 years, Donna, permanently relocated to Highland Beach, Fla., where he was active in the governing body of his condo association at the Coronado Ocean Club. Ira was a hail-fellow-well-met who will be remembered for his practical joking, ever-present sense of humor, unswerving loyalty to family and friends, and deep love of life.
Ira is survived by his wife, Donna; his son, Bruce (Susan Grant) of Washington, D.C.; his three grandchildren (and spouses); and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Linda; and brother, Bernard.
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