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William C. Flick,

Flick's Supply

founder, dies

William C. Flick, 78, of 2424 41st St., Moline, founder of Flick's Supply,
Moline, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Rosewood Health Care Center, Moline.

Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, where he was
a member. Burial is in Riverside Cemetery, Moline.

Visitation is 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd.,
Moline, with a Masonic service conducted by Eureka Lodge 69, Milan, at 6:30.
Memorials may be made to the church or Crippled Children's Shrine.

Mr. Flick was born Nov. 7, 1917, in Hampton, the son of Conrad and Anna
Anderson Flick. He married Alice Peterson Nov. 22, 1942, in Moline.

He entered the sales business via a paper route for the Moline Dispatch during
the terms of presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. In 1933, he formed
his own business with the purchase of a Model T truck. With an initial
investment of five dollars, he entered the trucking industry at the age of 15.
One year later, he bought a second truck as a business expansion and began
delivering ice to area residents. In 1935, he added coal delivery to his
services and hauled coal from the Highland Mine.

Business was thriving in 1939, and he purchased two new trucks and offered
complete delivery service on fireplace wood, coal and ice. However, he sold
the trucking business when he entered the armed forces during World War II.

After the war, Mr. Flick returned to the Moline area and started a plumbing
business. He operated out of his home until 1949. He then moved to farm owned
by the Babcocks on Airport Road. The old Babcocks farm house became the site
of a plumbing supply store as he re-entered the field of serving the public's
needs. During this time, he also built and sold portable houses.

In 1954, Flick's moved to its present location at Airport Corners, RR 1,

He was a veteran of World War II Marine and Civilian Conservation Corps.

He was a member of Eurkea Lodge 69 AF&AM, Milan; Scottish Rite and Coordinate
Bodies Valley of Moline; Blackhawk Shrine Club; Moline H-12, where he was
president in 1966, 1976 and 1986; Tucson, Ariz., H-12; Vikings Thor Lodge;
Sabbar Temple Shrine; Airport Authority Board; life member of American Legion;
charter member of Sun Rise Valley Rotary; Stone Quarry Friends Club; Crippled
Children Shrine; and was organizational president and director at Coal Valley
State Bank.

Survivors include the widow; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Jack Dean,
Phoenix, Ariz.; sons and a daughter-in-law, William "Karl'' and Sharon Flick,
Apple River, Minn., and James Flick, Moline; nine grandchildren; two
stepgrandchildren; a great-grandchild; sisters and brothers-in-law, Anita
Maxeiner and Kathrine Schmidt, both of Rock Island, Elsie and John Leskovec,
Elmira, N.Y., and Trudi and Bill Groth, South Laguna, Calif.; and a brother
and sister-in-law, Conrad and Dolores Flick, Bettendorf.


Russell Beatty

Russell L. Beatty, 80, Rock Island, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Rosewood
Care Center, Moline.

Services are 11:30 a.m. Monday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial is
in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to Pathway Hospice.

Mr. Beatty was born Jan. 28, 1916, in Bloomington, Ill., the son of Estell and
Olga Lemme Beatty. He married Helen A. Just April 11, 1942, in Rock Island.
She died March 2, 1985.

He was a maintenance engineer at the Rock Island Arsenal Weapons Command Field
Service for 33 years, retiring in 1972.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

He was a member of Rock Island Elks Lodge 980; Loyal Order of the Moose,
Davenport; National Association of Retired Federal Employees; and the Masonic

He enjoyed camping, gardening and traveling.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and William Coopman Jr.,
Moline, and Sharon and Charles Killion, Springfield, Ohio; sons and
daughters-in-law, Judge Joseph and Jacqueline Beatty, Moline, and Daniel and
Karen Beatty, St. Anne, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a
sister, Charlotte Paskey, Bloomington, Ill.; and a special friend, Ann Gould,
East Moline.

Reatha Cordray

Reatha C. Cordray, 86, Shelbyville, Ill., formerly of Rock Island, died
Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville.

Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Lockart & Sons Funeral Home, Shelbyville.
Burial is in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to First Baptist
Church, Shelbyville, where she was a member.

The former Reatha Prosser was born Jan. 25, 1910, in Shelbyville, the daughter
of Scott and Nellie Dildine Prosser. She married Noble B. Cordray Nov. 17,
1928, in Shelbyville. He died Jan. 25, 1970.

She worked for 131/2 years at the Rock Island Arsenal. Prior to that, she
worked at Holmes Shoe Store, Moline, and McCabe's, Rock Island, Petersens,

She was a former member of Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island, where she was
a Sunday school teacher and did other duties at the church. She belonged to
the Leader Class at Edgewood Baptist Church, Sixty Plus Plus Club and American
Association of Retired Persons.

She enjoyed church work, traveling and other hobbies.

Survivors include grandchildren, Leann Frieden, Macon, and John B. Wiborg, Des
Moines; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Ferna Chapman, Shelbyville; and a
son-in-law, John Wiborg, Andalusia. A daughter, Barbara Wiborg, died Dec. 13,


Guadalupe DeLeon

Guadalupe DeLeon, 65, of 2010 44th Ave., Moline, died Wednesday, Sept. 25,
1996, in Denver, Colo.

Burial is in Mount Olive Cemetery, Denver.

Memorials may be made to East Moline Foursquare Church, where she was a

Trujillo Funeral Home, Denver, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. DeLeon was born Sept. 27, 1930, in Donna, Texas. She married Juan DeLeon
April 10, 1948, in Hidalgo, Texas. He died May 2, 1995.

She enjoyed cooking and reading.

Survivors include daughters, Yolanda, Mazerino, Calif., Becky Correa,
Hermiston, Ore., Erma DeLeon, Dallas, Otilia DeLeon, Denver, Viola Gonzalez,
Muscatine, Maria DeLeon, East Moline, and Pat Martinez and Ramona Silversmet,
both of Moline; sons, John DeLeon, in California, Joel and George DeLeon, both
of Denver, and Joe DeLeon, Moline; 37 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren;
sisters, Maria Graska, Port Huron, Mich., and Maria Mejia, Rock Island; and a
brother, Santos Serna, Harlingen, Texas.

Iona `Fannie' DeNeve

Services for Iona "Fannie'' DeNeve, 74, of 4219 15th St., Moline, are 1 p.m.
Monday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens,
East Moline.

Visitation is 11 a.m. to service time.

Mrs. DeNeve died Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at home.

The former Iona F. Dennis was born March 4, 1922, in Carlock, Ill. She married
Albert DeNeve July 22, 1939, in New London, Mo. He died April 28, 1972.

Survivors include a daughter, June DeNeve, Rock Island; three grandchildren;
10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Shirley Lipe

Shirley Jean Lipe, 69, Wellton, Ariz., died Saturday, Sept. 21, 1996, in Yuma,

Private services were held. The body was cremated.

The former Shirley Blomgren was born Aug. 23, 1927, in Shelby, Ohio. She
married Charles R. Lipe.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Patty and LeRoy Pearson, Moline;
a stepdaughter, Twyla J. Otero, Davenport; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel
and Helen Hakeman, Westgate, Iowa; eight grandchildren; and a brother, John D.

Richard Nitzel

Richard A. Nitzel, 70, of 2358 33rd St., Moline, died Thursday, Sept. 26,
1996, at Veterans Hospital, Iowa City.

Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., Moline. Burial is in
Moline Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Nitzel was born Dec. 23, 1925, in Moline, the son of Alfred and Minnie
Swanson Nitzel.

He worked as a sign painter for Deere and Company and was later self-employed.

He enjoyed bicycle riding throughout the Quad-City area.

Survivors include sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Jane and Martin L.
Perrine, Moline, and Shirley Johnson, Arlington, Texas; and nieces and


David Reynolds

Services for David W. Reynolds, 26, of 4403 11th St., East Moline, are 11 a.m.
Monday at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline. Burial is in Greenview
Memorial Gardens, Silvis.

Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. A memorial fund has been

Mr. Reynolds died Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Illini Hospital, Silvis.

He was born Nov. 5, 1969, in Moline, the son of John and Michele Whitaker

He was a hair dresser, photographer and musician. He was a member of two local
bands, The ALLNIGHTERS and Today and Tomorrow.

Survivors include a son, Corey Harland, New Windsor; his mother, Michele
Reynolds, his father and stepmother, John and Nancy Reynolds, grandparents,
Ruth Jennes, Elizabeth Reynolds, and Charles and Eleanor Carr, sisters,
Jennifer Watson and Jean Marie Reynolds, all of East Moline; stepsisters,
Michelle Huston, East Moline, Christine Kleinherder, Milwaukee, Wis., Amy
Schmiers Way, Matherville, and Beth Schmiers, Moline; and a stepbrother, Sean
Schmiers, of Missouri.


Elizabeth `Betty' Guyer

Elizabeth "Betty'' Guyer, 73, Silvis, died Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at
Ridgecrest Village, Davenport.

Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., Moline, where
further arrangements are pending.


Patricia Cushing

Patricia A. Cushing, 54, formerly of 1145 W. 6th St., Milan, died Friday,
Sept. 27, 1996, at St. Anthony's Continuing Care, Rock Island.

Services are 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Milan, where she
was a member, with a prayer service at 9:15 at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd.,
Moline. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.

Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with a prayer service at

The former Patricia Winchel was born Jan. 2, 1942, in Galesburg, the daughter
of Jess and Bernice Quick Winchel. She married Robert Cushing Aug. 26, 1962,
in Galesburg.

She began in the insurance business with her husband at Sentry Insurance
Agency. She later was a broker and part owner of the Cushing Agency until
1988. She worked as a broker for Carrothers Insurance Service, Bettendorf,
until retiring in January 1996, due to poor health.

She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

She enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include the widower; sons, Michael Cushing, Rock Island, and Steven
Cushing, Davenport; grandchildren, Raven and Ashling Cushing, Milan; and a
sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Osen Philip, Somerville, N.J.


Carole DeBacker

Carole Jean DeBacker, 44, of 801 North College Lane, Aledo, died Friday, Sept.
27, 1996, at Trinity Medical Center, East Campus, Moline.

Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Reiser-Trimble Funeral Home, Aledo. Burial is in
Aledo Cemetery.

Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Miss DeBacker was born Sept. 5, 1952, in Aledo, the daughter of George and
Jean Carlson DeBacker.

She was a member of Joy Baptist Church.

She enjoyed embroidery, crafts, reading and swimming.

Survivors include her mother and step-father, Jean and Tom Mahaffey, Aledo;
brothers and sisters-in-law, Stephen and Linda DeBacker, Preemption, and
Jeffrey and Debbie DeBacker, Tucson, Ariz.; a half-sister, Heather Foley,
Carpentersville, Ill.; and nieces and nephews.

Ermyl DePauw

Ermyl S. DePauw, 95, Geneseo, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Hillcrest
Home, Geneseo.

Services are 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Homes, Myers
Chapel, Geneseo. Burial is in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday with a rosary recited at 7:30. Memorials may
be made to St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Geneseo, where she was a member, or
to the Hillcrest Home Patient Activity Fund.

The former Ermyl Klock was born Feb. 8, 1901, in Sheffield, Ill., the daughter
of Martin W. and Clara Brown Klock. She married Fredrick H. DePauw on Jan. 3,
1922, in Geneseo. He died Sept. 8, 1963.

She had worked as a dental assistant and as study hall supervisor at Geneseo
Junior High School from November 1963 to June 1969.

She was a former member of American Association of Retired Persons; Geneseo
PTA; Business and Professional Women; Daughters of American Revolution; and
had been a Girl Scout leader.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Roger Miller, Geneseo,
Jeannene and Richard Tournear, Beardstown, Ill., and Margaret and Norris
Shanks, Bettendorf; sons and a daughter-in-law, Dean and Diane DePauw, and
Clifford "Kip'' DePauw, all of Geneseo; 14 grandchildren; and 15

Eugene Duncan

Eugene F. Duncan, 83, Aledo, died Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at Cottage Hospital,

Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Seaton Center Presbyterian Church. Burial is in
Norwood Cemetery.

Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo. Memorials
may be made to Seaton Center Presbyterian Church, where he was a member, elder
and past clerk of session, or to the Mercer County Historical Society.

Mr. Duncan was born Aug. 5, 1913, in Suez Township, Mercer County, the son of
Fred T. and Della McClelland Duncan. He married Ida Mary Budd Nov. 6, 1938, in
Yorkville, Ill.

He graduated from Aledo High School and the University of Illinois.

He had farmed in the Ohio Grove Township area all of his life. He and his wife
moved to Aledo from the family farm in 1993.

He was Mercer County chairman of the Bicentennial, where he was instrumental
in collecting information for the publication of Mercy County's History from
1882-1976. He was a member and past president of the Aledo Rotary Club and
Mercer County Historical Society. He served on the board of directors of the
Mercer County Farm Bureau and was a board member for the Mercer Service
Company. He was a member of Elygra Safari Camping group and was a life member
of University of Illinois Alumni Association.

He received the Aledo Jaycees' Man of the Year Award.

He enjoyed farming and was an avid reader of history and biographies.

Survivors include the widow; sons and daughters-in-law, David B. and Marcia
Duncan and Wayne E. and Polley Duncan, all of rural Alexis; grandchildren,
Denise Ganpat, Des Moines, William, Jeffrey and Abigail Duncan, all of rural
Alexis; and a sister, Rosemary Hemphill, Aledo. A daughter, Margaret, died in

Sophie Pletkovich-Ede

Sophie Pletkovich-Ede, 83, Heartland Healthcare Center, Henry, formerly of
West Sacramento, Calif., died Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at the center.

Services are 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Episcopal Church, Kewanee. Burial is
in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Cavanagh and Schueneman Funeral Home,
Kewanee. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association or a favorite

The former Sophie Pletkovich was born Oct. 19, 1912, in Kewanee, the daughter
of Stoyan "Steve'' and Stoya "Stella'' Kostic Pletkovich. She married
Raymond S. Ede Feb. 1, 1946, in Kewanee. He died Aug. 30, 1967, in Martinez,

She attended beauty school in Peoria, and worked as a hairdresser in Chicago
and Kewanee.

During World War II she worked for the U.S. Government War Rationing Board in
Mojave, Calif. She also worked for the State of California, Division of
Highways for 31 years, retiring Dec. 30, 1975.

Survivors include sisters, Anne P. Rush, Riverside, Calif., Stella L.
Pletkovich, Kewanee, and Ruth E. VanTuyle, Roodhouse; brothers, Milo "Mike''
Pletkovich, Neponset, and John Pletkovich, Kewanee; and several nieces and

Cheryl "WW'' Hill

Services for Cheryl "WW'' Hill, 52, Rock Island, formerly of Green Rock, are
1 p.m. Monday at Fairman Funeral Home, Green Rock. Burial is in Dayton
Cemetery, Colona.

Visitation is 11:30 a.m. to service time. A memorial fund will be established.

Mrs. Hill died Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Trinity Medical Center, West
Campus, Rock Island.

The former Cheryl Raymie was born May 17, 1944, in Moline, the daughter of
John and Gayla Dunsworth DeWeese. She was raised by Leo Raymie. She married
LeRoy Chin in 1966. She married Fred Hill in 1978.

She was employed at various cab companies in the Quad-City area for many

She was a member of East Moline Lioness Club.

She enjoyed fishing, cards and talking on the CB radio.

Survivors include sons, Melven Raymie, Rock Island, and Earl Chin, Davenport;
four grandchildren; and her father, Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Nannie Lusth

Nannie E. Lusth, 96, Oakwood Health Care Center, formerly of Galva, died
Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Kewanee Hospital.

Graveside services are 1 p.m. Monday at Evergreen Memory Gardens, Kewanee.

There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to Galva Senior Citizens or
Henry County Health Department.

Rux Funeral Home, Galva, is in charge of arrangements.

The former Nannie E. Backstrom was born June 14, 1900, in Okelbo, Sweden, the
daughter of Lars and Elin Backstrom. She married Carl J. Lusth June 9, 1919,
in Sweden. He died March 24, 1972.

Mrs. Lusth was employed at Jacobson's Bakery, Galva, for many years.

Survivors include grandchildren, Patricia Raley, Galva, Tim Dolieslager,
Kewanee, and David Dolieslager, Cape Coral, Fla.; seven great-grandchildren;
and a great-great-granddaughter. A daughter, Gunnel DeJaeger, is deceased.

Timothy Palmer

Timothy Wayne Palmer, 32, Geneseo, died Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, in rural Rock
Island County.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Homes, Wright
Chapel, Geneseo. Burial is in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to an education fund
for his son.

Mr. Palmer was born June 15, 1964, in Peoria, the son of Virgil J. and Marlene
Kespohl Palmer. He married Pamela Crider Melillo Oct. 10, 1991, in Cambridge.

He was employed as a millwright at IBP, Joslin.

He was a member of Henry County Voiture 40 et 8, United Food and Commercial
Workers Union and he served as a union steward.

He enjoyed fishing and camping.

Survivors include the widow; a son, Samuel Timothy Palmer, at home; his
parents, Cambridge; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kevin and Melody Palmer,
Geneseo, and Darrell and Veronica Palmer, Cambridge; and several nieces and

Dr. Frederico `Freddy' Pena Jr.

Dr. Frederico "Freddy'' Pena Jr., 33, Chicago, formerly of Hampton, died
Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at Illinois Masonic Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Arrangements are pending at Sullivan-Phillips Mortuary, East Moline.


Ruth Bickford

Ruth Ann Bickford, 49, Davenport, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1996, at home.

Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday at Davenport Memorial Park.

There is no visitation. A memorial fund has been established in care of Gloria
Powers at the Scott County Department of Human Services.

McGinnis, Chambers and Sass Funeral Home, Bettendorf, is in charge of

Miss Bickford was born Dec. 23, 1946, in Germany.

She was employed for many years as an adoption specialist with Scott County
Department of Human Services and later as a telemarketer for The Signature
Group, Davenport.

Survivors include many close friends.

Alice Pemberton

Alice G. Pemberton, 90, Grandview Terrace, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., died
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1996, at the home.

There are no services or visitation. The body will be cremated and inurnment
will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, San Diego.

Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is in charge of arrangements.

The former Alice G. Savage was born May 20, 1906, in Peidmont County, Okla.,
the daughter of Edwin A. and Ida Belle Thomas Savage. She married William
LeRoy Pemberton in 1924, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He died in 1970.

Mrs. Pemberton was a member of Royal Neighbors of America and American Baptist

Survivors include daughters-in-law, Roberta Pemberton, Youngstown, Ariz., and
Irene Archer, San Diego, Calif.; and several grandchildren. Sons, LeRoy and
Edwin, are deceased.


CUSICK, Kevin B., 39, Rock Island; 10 a.m. Monday, St. Pius X, Rock Island.
Visitation 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Wheelan, Rock Island.

ERICKSON, Henry, 78, Davenport; 11 a.m. today, Weerts, Davenport. Visitation
9-11 a.m. today.

HAMERLY, Ward Milton, 66, Rock Island; 9 a.m. today, Hodgson, Rock Island.

WARD, Elsie E., 87, Geneseo; 1 p.m. today, Stackhouse-Moore, Wright Chapel,

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