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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