John 'Jack' Keemle


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Posted Online: Jan. 01, 2013, 5:49 pm
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John M. "Jack" Keemle, 75, East Moline, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Hope Creek, East Moline, surrounded by his family.
Funeral services are 7 p.m. Friday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline. Visitation is from 4 p.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers and gifts, a memorial fund has been established for the care of his son, Joshua.
Jack was born Dec. 31, 1936, in Moline, the only child of Merrill and Genevieve Mowen Keemle. He graduated from Alleman High School in 1954. He married Mary Kay Stenger on Sept. 15, 1956. He married Christine Thomas on May 24, 1980.
Mr. Keemle had worked for Erickson Engineering, Bradley Tool and Dye and retired in 1996, as a tool and dye maker from John Deere Harvester, East Moline. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast, won two World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova Speedway in the late '50s and early '60s. He enjoyed boating, fishing and flying model airplanes.
Survivors include his children (and spouses), Randy (Joan) Keemle, Rock Island, Michele (Doan) Gunderson, Davenport, Rick Keemle, East Moline, Melissa (Lynn) Wolking, Folsom, Calif., Angie (Kerry) Snyder, Davenport, Jenny (Jim) Legare, Colona, Eddie (Sarah) Thomas, Milan, Kristy (Michael) Homan, Henderson, Colo., Tracey Keemle, Moline, Brent Keemle, Moline, Joshua Keemle, Moline, and Jessica Keemle, Henderson; 16 grandchildren.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.












 



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