James Leggett


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Posted Online: Feb. 15, 2013, 7:24 pm
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James D. Leggett, 81, of East Moline, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City.
Services are noon Tuesday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Burial is at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Jan. 11, 1932, in Albia, Iowa, to Claude and Jennie Leggett. He married Bernice A. DeLare May 20, 1953, in Rock Island. She passed away May 1, 2001.
He served in the Army during the Korean conflict.
He worked at the Rock Island Arsenal and later at John Deere Malleable as a wood pattern maker until he became owner and operator of New Way Auto Parts in Silvis.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge 1014 in Moline. He helped start Cordova's Dragway and won the world series in 1964. He also enjoyed stock car racing and dragsters and loved watching NASCAR.
Survivors include his children, Dale Leggett, East Moline, Deborah (Harold) Raaen, Georgia, and Denise Campbell, East Moline; sister, Sharon Leggett, East Moline; and a niece, Laurie. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jerry.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrodermortuary.com.












 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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