Robert Tufts


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Posted Online: April 29, 2013, 7:20 pm
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Robert A. Tufts, 84, of Rock Island, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his home.
Private services are a later date at Rock Island Arsenal. Esterdahl in Moline is handling arrangements.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In 1953, he married Greta Buol with whom he had four children. They later divorced.
He worked 20 years for Rock Island Line Railroad, then 10 years at Oscar Mayer, before opening Rock Island Pump Company. He enjoyed going to auctions, watching eagles at Sunset Marina, spending time with his dog and meeting friends for coffee.
Surviving are his children, Robert Tufts, John Tufts, Suzanne Zeitler, and Sandy Stormer; and dog, Buck.












 




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  Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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