December 12, 1944-March 1, 2018
MOLINE - Robert S. Early, 73, of Moline, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Unity Point Trinity, Rock Island.
Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111-1st St. A, Moline. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island, with military honors conducted by the MAVA. Those wishing to attend, should meet at the funeral home at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 16. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Quad-City Honor Flight or QC PAWS.
Bob was born December 12, 1944, in Moline, the son of William and Alberta (Gathje) Early. He married Jeanie Miller in 1965.
Bob was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War. He retired from John Deere in 2004 and prior to that he worked at the former Ringle Express & Lee Early & Son Trucking.
Bob was a member of Legion Post 227, East Moline, VVA Post 299, VFW Post 8890, MAVA, FOE Post 1839, Friends Circle, the Svithiod Club, East End Club and the Viking Club. He enjoyed snowmobiling, boating, bowling and throwing pics. He especially loved his dogs, Abby, Max & Frank. and Chuck The Cat.
Survivors include his son, Jeff Early, Moline, sisters, Linda Klier, Moline and Sara (John) Robinson, Rapids City, Ill., and brother, Rick Early, Moline; nieces and nephews, Scott, Staci and Stephanie Early and many more beloved family members including, Collie, Cari and Kirk Olson and being Papa to Kaylyn Buckrop.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Jim and Tom.
The family invites everyone to celebrate Bob's life at American Legion Post 227, East Moline, at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16.
Condolences may be left at www.RaffertyFunerals.com