Ray Spratt

Posted Online: Aug. 26, 2014, 7:20 pm
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Ray J. Spratt, 80, of Coal Valley, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. A celebration of life will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one of the following: the family, the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities or NCF Fund.
Ray was born Nov. 14, 1933, in Campbellsville, Ky., the son of Robert L. and Eva Esther Pierce Spratt. He was a United States Army veteran. Ray retired from International Harvester Farmall Works after 35 years of service. Red truly ran through Ray's veins.
He married his sweetheart, Nancy Orth, on July 13, 1975, in Elgin, Iowa. Together they led a life full of touching moments -- most all laced with great humor. Ray loved all his time with his children and grandchildren. He was a gentleman to the truest extent of the word and would be the first to help anyone in need. There wasn't a project he wouldn't tackle nor a request he couldn't fulfill. To describe Ray as quick-witted, well that is just a tragic understatement.
Ray's passing leaves those of us behind to deal with a terrific void. But if any comfort can be found in his departure from this world, we can be certain he's relieved he's not dealing with the remainder of the term of our current president.
"Monk's" survivors include his loving wife, Nancy; daughter, Kelly Evans, Moline; grandchildren, Destiny (Sean) De Buysere, Belleville, Ill., Chance Evans, Moline; three great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Cohen and Marcella; brother, John Spratt, Tucson, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews. He also is survived by Rickie, Cindy, Randy, five brothers-in-law, and five sisters-in-law. Some very special friends Ray leaves behind are Bill and Cindy Lenger, Jackie Hume, and Steve and Kris Christensen. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bernice Wilhelm; and one nephew.
Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting esterdahl.com.


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1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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