Fred Pope Jr.


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Posted Online: Feb. 24, 2013, 8:43 pm
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Fred Leroy Pope Jr., 89, of Moline, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Edgewood Baptist Church, 2704 38th St., Rock Island. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with a Masonic service at 5 p.m. at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be provided by Moline American Legion Post No. 246. Memorials may be made to Edgewood Baptist Church.
Fred was born on May 15, 1923, in East Moline, the son of Fred Leroy Sr. and Opal Davis Pope. In 1942, he graduated from Moline High School and later attended St. Ambrose and Black Hawk colleges. He married Barbara Jane Sipes on June 29, 1946, in Moline. He later married LaDean Ballard Curry on May 26, 1988, in Moline. She preceded him in death.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942, and served in all five landings in the Pacific during World War II as a corporal, where he carried machine guns and ammunition. Fred received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. His name is listed in the Book of Honor-Court of Patriots in the Browning Museum at the Rock Island Arsenal. He served his apprenticeship for Moline Tool Company and later worked as an industrial specialist at the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring after 32 years. Fred was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church and a former member of First Christian Church, Moline. He was a lifetime member of Moline Masonic Lodge 1014 and Zal Grotto. He loved to fish.
Survivors include his son, Jeff (Nancy) Pope, Huntley, Ill.; daughters, JoAnn (Sam) Woolwine, Narrows, Va., Mary Jane (Tony) Ritch, Palmdale, Calif.; grandchildren, Jennifer (Gary) Jenkins, Grayslake, Ill., Clay (Kika) Woolwine, Winston-Salem, N.C., Nathan (Liz) Woolwine, Blacksburg, Va., Elizabeth Woolwine, Holland; nine great-grandchildren; two nieces; special friend, Mary Atkinson.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Harvey Richard Pope.
Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting www.esterdahl.com.












 



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