GENESEO, Ill. — Services for Mousa A. Marrar, 75, of Geneseo, Illinois, will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Islamic Center, Moline. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, immediately after. Mousa was born Dec. 25, 1940, in Ajjur, Palestine, to Ahmad and Safia (Ela’sy) Marrar. He married Aysheh Issa on Oct. 9, 1959, in Jericho and was a devoted husband and a loving father.
A dutiful son, he left school as an eighth grader to harvest the fields of the Jordan River and to work as a clerk for his father’s grocery store, though he championed higher education for his own children.
Starting as a child refugee, Mousa built a life with his family from scratch, thanks to his undying belief in hard work and entrepreneurship. He will be remembered as a fearless adventurer who left his job as an airline mechanic in Kuwait a few years before the Gulf War.
Traveling from Bangkok in the east to Los Angeles in the west, he and his family finally settled in Geneseo as the owners of the Oakwood Motel and apartment buildings in the Quad-City area.
He is survived by six children, Fatina of Amman, Jordan, Shatha of Chicago, Hassan of Geneseo, Hussain of East Moline, Khalil of Bloomington, Illinois, Mohamad of Geneseo; a sister, Fahima Abu Ayyash of London, Ontario; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren whom he adored.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife in 2007; and brothers, Salim, Abdel-Fattah, Issa and Hussain.
Mousa’s sacred calling as a protector nurtured a deep faith among those whom he touched in kinship, friendship, love, and the community. A man of conviction, Mousa embraced fate, but always reached beyond the horizon.
In lieu of cards and flowers, donations may be sent to the Islamic Center of Quad-Cities, 6005 34th Ave., Moline, Illinois 61265, http://www.icqconline.org/.