Alfonso E. Acosta, 82, of Moline, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014, at his residence. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, is assisting the family. Alfonso was born May 12, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Pablo and Maria J. Espinosa Acosta. He married Maria Elena Herrera in 1955 in Mexico. Alfonso worked at Quad City Die Casting as a molding die caster for 32 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. Mary's Church, Moline, and enjoyed attending Sacred Heart Church, Rock Island. Survivors include his wife, Maria; daughters, Gabriela Acosta, Warrenville, Ill., Susana Acosta, Moline, and Gina (Mike) Lieferman, Blue Grass; sons, Javier Acosta, Fontana, Calif., Ernesto Acosta, Marysville, Wash., Miguel (Sandra) Acosta, Anaheim, Calif., and Louis (Paula) Acosta, Davenport; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Juan Acosta, Mexico City, Mexico. Online condolences can be sent to the family at deroofuneralhome.com.
Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.