Obituaries for June 9, 2001


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  • Leroy `Lee' Millett
  • Walter Thigpen
  • Kenneth Brink
  • Annabelle Herrin
  • Carl `Polly' Polanchek
  • Roy Sparks
  • Betty White
  • Ronald Wietlispach
  • David Vergo
  • Mary Gaylor
  • John Hughes
  • Arthur `Mick' Kromrey
  • Ray Pullen

  • Nancy Hammer
  • George Heninger
  • John Irvine
  • Eldon Krambeck
  • Frank Meyer

    Leroy `Lee' Millett

    Leroy ``Lee'' Robert Millett, of Wilmington, N.C., died Sunday, May 20, 2001, in Jersey City, N.J.

    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Chapel, 16th and Market streets, Wilmington. A reception will follow for family and friends at Elijah's Restaurant in Wilmington.

    Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity in the donor's community, or to another charity of one's choice.

    He was born in Rock Island, the son of Harry and Florence Mayhew Millett.

    He attended Augustana College, Rock Island, and graduated cum laude from Bradley University, Peoria, in 1947 with a degree in industrial engineering.

    Surviving are his son, Peter Millett, New York City, and sister, Marivene Brown, Midland, Mich.

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    Walter Thigpen

    Walter E. Thigpen, 43, of Rock Island died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

    Services are 3 p.m. today at Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island, with visitation one hour before service time. Private burial is Monday in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

    He was born Jan 24, 1958, in Clarksdale, Miss., the son of Walter and Bertha Lee Wallace Thigpen. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

    Walter was a carpenter and a building inspector for the Rock Island Housing Authority. He enjoyed sports, especially basketball, and was a very happy person.

    Surviving are his sons, Walter Jr., Rock Island, and Arsenio, Clarksdale, Miss.; daughter, Arsalisa, Clarksdale; sister, Linda Thigpen, Tunica, Miss., and Eartha Vann, Greenwood, Miss.; brothers, Melvin and Earl Thigpen, both of Clarksdale, Walter J. Thigpen Jr. and James Woods, Memphis, Tenn., and Edward Thigpen, Marks, Miss.; special friend, Cequita Graves, Rock Island; special niece and spouse, Juanita and Cornelius Wesley, Chicago; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Antonio Harris.

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    Kenneth Brink

    Kenneth D. Brink, 87, Moline, died Friday, June 11, 2001, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.

    Services are 11 a.m. Monday at First Congregational Church, Moline. Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline.

    Further arrangements are pending.

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    Annabelle Herrin

    Annabelle M. Herrin, 88, Moline, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at St. Anthony's Continuing Care Center, Rock Island.

    Private service were held Friday, June 8, at Greenview Memorial Gardens, Silvis. Memorials may be made to Annie Wittenmyer Youth Center, 2800 Eastern Ave., Davenport. Family Funeral Services handled arrangements.

    She was born Feb. 17, 1913, in Bangor, Mich., the daughter of Charles and Mabel Wertenberger Creveling. She married Frank A. Herrin June 16, 1937, in Joliet, Ill. He died Jan. 19, 1982.

    She was a member of Grace Community Church of the Nazarene, Colona.

    Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Tom McLaughlin, Moline; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Nancy Herrin, Eldridge, Iowa; grandchildren, Annie, Sara and Joe McLaughlin and Chrissie Herrin; sisters, Mae Clark, Leesburg, Fla., and Betty Aldeman, Bowling Green, Fla.; a special nephew, Ronald Creveling, Bettendorf; and several special nieces.

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    Carl `Polly' Polanchek

    Funeral services for Carl J. ``Polly'' Polanchek, 73, of Moline will be 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Christian Church, Rock Island. Burial with military honors, conducted by Moline American Legion Post 246, will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island.

    Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to his church.

    Mr. Polanchek died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    He was born April 22, 1928, in Chicago, the son of John W. and Frances A. Pazderski Polanchek. He married Imogene Petersen July 19, 1958, in Chickasaw County, Iowa.

    He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, during which he received the Korean Service Ribbon, a Campaign Star, and a Distinguished Unit Citation.

    Prior to his retirement in 1987, he was a mechanic for the former International Harvester Farmall Works in Rock Island for nearly 40 years.

    He was a member of Memorial Christian Church, Rock Island.

    Survivors include his wife, Imogene, of Forest Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, East Moline; a daughter and her husband, Carol and Dean Johnson, Bettendorf; four sons and their wives, John and Stacey Polanchek, Denton, Texas, Raymond Polanchek, Moline, Fred and Dana Petersen, Rock Island, and Richard Petersen, East Moline; 13 grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Bob Battin, Rock Island. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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    Roy Sparks

    Roy D. Sparks, 70, Moline, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.

    Services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity. Wendt Funeral Home, Moline, is in charge of arrangements.

    He was born Jan. 30, 1931, in Clarksville, Ark., the son of Elbert and Louise King Sparks. He married Patricia M. Donelson.

    He was an asbestos tradesman for 42 years, traveling to many different cities; and he was an ABC member for over 30 years.

    Survivors include his wife, Patricia M. Sparks, Moline; daughter, Peggy Sparks, Moline; sons, Gary and wife Janet Sparks, East Moline, James Sparks, Leesville, La., and Ben Sparks, East Moline; grandchildren, Bryan, Erin and B.J. Sparks, East Moline, and Stephanie and Heather Sparks, Milan; and a sister, Anne Guice, Ocean Springs, Miss.

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    Betty White

    A memorial service for Betty I. White, 84, Gainesville, Fla., formerly of Moline, will be 11 a.m. Monday at Christ Episcopal Church, Moline. Memorials may be made to the church. DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, is in charge of arrangements.

    Mrs. White died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at Shands Hospital, Gainesville.

    She was born Nov. 29, 1916, in Kewanee, the daughter of Orin and Ruby Carmack Williams. She married Robert W. White June 12, 1937, in Rock Island. He died March 8, 1987.

    Betty had worked for many Quad-Cities families, providing child care. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and an active member of its St. Martha's Altar Guild for more than 50 years.

    Betty was an avid bridge player and enjoyed watching tennis. She attended several Davis Cup matches with her daughter.

    Survivors include a daughter, Beverly White, Gainesville, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Sharon White, Zionsville, Ind.; son, Michael White; grandchildren, Terrie White, Boston, Mass., Suzanne Fehsenfeld, Carmel, Ind., and Debbie White, Leavenworth, Wash.; and five great-grandchildren. Two sisters preceded her in death.

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    Ronald Wietlispach

    Ronald J. Wietlispach, 63, of Starr Farm Nursing Center, Burlington, Vt., a former Evanston, Ill., resident, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, after a long illness.

    A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Friday, June 15, at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, South Burlington, Vt. Ready Funeral Home, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington, handled arrangements.

    Ron was born Oct. 23, 1937, in Janesville, Wis., the son of John and Marion Kaufmann Wietlispach of Moline. On Jan. 2, 1965, he married Judith Ann Vernon at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    A devout Catholic, Ron was an incredibly intelligent, witty, creative, humble, hardworking, soft-spoken man who labored ardently all of his life to take good care of his family. In his youth he studied for the priesthood, and he earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish at St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas. He also earned a master's degree in English at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where he met his wife, Judy.

    A voracious reader and gifted writer, Ron spent the majority of his career developing and writing training programs for various firms in the Chicago area, where he headed his own training division, EduTrain, from 1983 to 1993.

    Ron's life ended prematurely because of Parkinson's disease. Despite his diagnosis in 1993, Ron stayed optimistic and continued working until he was legally disabled. In the face of this devastating disease, he always remained pleasant to his family and to those around him. He was greatly loved, admired and respected and will be deeply missed.

    Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Judy, of Burlington, Vt.; sons, Matthew Wietlispach, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jason Wietlispach, Milwaukee, Wis.; a grandson; a sister, Susan (John) Staack, Moline; a niece, Hilary Armstrong, Neenah, Wis.; and a nephew, Jeffery Staack, Iowa City. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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    David Vergo

    Funeral services for David J. Vergo, 60, East Moline, are 10 a.m. Monday at Christ the King Catholic Church, Moline, where he was a member. Burial is in Rock Island National Cemetery, where East Moline American Legion Post 227 and VFW Post 2056 will conduct military honors.

    Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Sunday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline, where a Christian wake service will be read at 6:30 p.m. A memorial fund has been established.

    Mr. Vergo died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

    Dave was born Nov. 6, 1940, in Joliet, Ill., the son of William and Alice (Tompko) Vergo. He married Rose Ellen Mellor May 28, 1966, at St. Walter's Church, Chicago.

    David was in the furniture business for 35 years as a sales manager and owner. He achieved the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

    He was a member of Loras Assembly, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus 260, Davenport, which will have an honor-guard presentation at his funeral service. A member of the Knights of Columbus Leo Council, he enjoyed cooking, golfing, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.

    Survivors include his wife of 35 years; daughters, Mary Alice VanHyfte, Crystal Lake, Ill., and Kathleen Vergo, Lee's Summit, Mo.; sons, David John, Orion, Mich., and Robert, California; grandchildren, Benjamin, Morgan Rose, Zachary David, and Grace Moureen; and a brother, Ronald Vergo, Joliet.

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    Mary Gaylor

    Services for Mary E. Gaylor, 86, of Keithsburg are 2 p.m. Monday at First Christian Church, Keithsburg. Burial is in Greenmound Cemetery, Keithsburg.

    Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels Jameson Center, Monmouth, or the church. Family Funeral Services, Aledo, handled arrangements.

    She died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at her home.

    She was born July 24, 1914, in Keithsburg, the daughter of Forest E. and Lura A. Speer Brown. She married Raymond J. Gaylor Oct. 22, 1937, in Davenport. He preceded her in death Dec. 6, 1999.

    She was a member of First Christian Church and of its Christian Women's Fellowship.

    Surviving are her daughter and spouse, Joyce Anne and Thomas Buckham, Keithsburg, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded

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    John Hughes

    Services for John Hughes, 84, of Brady, Texas, formerly of New Windsor, are 10 a.m. Monday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home, Alpha. Burial is in New Windsor Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where a memorial fund has been established.

    Mr. Hughes died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital, Brady.

    He was born Jan. 4, 1917, in New Windsor, the son of Ray and Maude Stephenson Hughes. He married Margaret Towery in Tupelo, Miss., and later married Frances Wallendorf in Davenport.

    John farmed, and he was a welder for Deere and Co.

    He was a World War II Army veteran.

    Survivors include sons, John Hughes Jr., Plantersville, Miss., and Wayne Hughes, San Antonio, Texas; a stepson, Donald Wellendorf, Lubbock, Texas; daughters, Carrie Hughes, Brady, Texas, and Sherry Sue Hughes, Davenport; stepdaughters, Meri Jo Patrick and Marsha Freund, both of Davenport; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Swanson, New Windsor; and several nieces and nephews. His parents, a daughter, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

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    Arthur `Mick' Kromrey

    Arthur L. ``Mick'' Kromrey, 74, of 105 E. 2nd St., Prophetstown, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Prophetstown.

    Graveside services will be held at a later date. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Morrison Chapel, Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home.

    He was born March 18, 1927, in Morrison, the son of Arthur and Florence Moore Kromrey.

    Surviving are his wife, Doris; daughters, Sandy Yancey, Sacramento, Calif, and Nancy Seyller, Morrison; son, Stephen, What Cheer, Iowa; stepdaughters, Sharon Anderson, Prophetstown, and Merri Harridge, Morrison; stepsons, David Morris, Prophetstown, and William Morris, Moline; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Herbert, Ellenton, Fla.

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    Ray Pullen

    Ray G. Pullen, 75, of Topeka, Kan., formerly of Keithsburg, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, in Topeka.

    Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Trimble Funeral Home, Aledo, where visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery, Keithsburg. Memorials may be given to one's favorite charity.

    Ray G. Pullen was born April 9, 1926, in Oqwauka, Ill., the son of Norman and Iva (Simmons) Pullen. He married Shirley Smith May 19, 1944, in Kahoka, Mo. She died Oct. 19, 1968.

    Mr. Pullen was a walnut-log exporter in Keithsburg for most of his life.

    Survivors include daughters, Karen Mellenbruch, Holton, Kan., and Sheila Dillie, Joy; sons, Ray N. Pullen, Topeka, Richard Pullen, Derby, Kan., Tommy Pullen, Chesapeake, Va., and Jason Pullen, Topeka; 39 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Norma Tippie and Virginia Stewart, both of Keithsburg, Marcia Ashworth, Piney Flat, Tenn., and Melba Mick, Rock Island; and a brother, Donald Pullen, Aledo. He was preceded in death by his wife; two daughters, Kathy Tharp and Candace Zimmerman; and a son Randy Pullen.

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    Nancy Hammer

    Nancy Anne Hammer, 70, of Blue Grass, Iowa, passed away Friday, June 8, 2001, at home.

    Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Calvary United Methodist Church, Walcott, Iowa, with visitation from 10 a.m. to service time at the church.

    Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is in charge of arrangements.

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    George Heninger

    George C. Heninger, 62, Bettendorf, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at his home.

    Celebration of Life services are 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, Davenport. Burial will be private.

    Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Memorials may be made to Bettendorf School Foundation, Culver Educational Foundation, or Great Lakes Foundation.

    He was born Sept. 14, 1938, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Ralph U. and Kathleen Huntress Heninger. He attended Choate Academy, St. Ambrose Academy, Culver Military Academy and the University of Iowa. He married Norma Nardyz Oct. 12, 1957, at Culver Military Academy.

    George was corps commander over the Army and Air Force ROTC and a distinguished military graduate at the University of Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Germany as support platoon leader and with the 3rd Armored Division as a 1st lieutenant. He was responsible for tactical nuclear weapons.

    George Heninger joined Bettendorf Bank and Trust Co. after the Heninger family purchased it in 1967 and served as president and chief executive officer. He continued as president and CEO after the bank was purchased by Norwest Bank until 1990. He then became president of American Bank of Rock Island, serving until 1996. After his retirement, he served as a consultant to New Era Financial Systems.

    He served numerous local, state and national organizations during his lifetime. He was a proud citizen of Bettendorf. He was a member of the Bettendorf Plan and Zone Commission for 38 years, serving as chairman for 30 years and vice chairman for five years. He also served as president of the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce in 1973, having fought hard and successfully to save it financially.

    He was president of the Propeller Club of the Quad Cities; a member of the Davenport and Bettendorf Rotary clubs, Bi State Metro Planning Commission, Scott County Bankers Association (and former president), Iowa Bankers Association, Bank Institute of America, and Norwest Bank President's Council, Minneapolis; and commodore of the Great Lake Cruising Club, Chicago. He served on the Illowa Council of Boy Scouts of America, the boards of Bettendorf Bank, American Bank and Niabi Zoo, and the advisory board of the former Norwest Bank Corp. He was a past member of the Davenport Country Club, the Outing Club, Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club and Mackinaw Yacht Club, and a charter member of Crow Valley Country Club.

    He loved the river and the Great Lakes and enjoyed traveling the world. His interests included boating, skiing, scuba diving, aviation, sky diving, trap and skeet shooting, horses, snowmobiling and farming.

    Survivors include his wife, Norma; daughter, Kathleen Heninger McElhiney and her husband, Paul McElhiney, Bettendorf; sons and daughter-in-law, Mark and Yvonne Heninger, Venice, Calif., and Dwight Charles Heninger; grandchildren, Kaie Evan Heninger and Brandon and Kelly McElhiney; and brother and sister-in-law, Ralph H. and Mary Lou Heninger, LeClaire, Iowa.

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    John Irvine

    John J. Irvine, 70, Bettendorf, died June 7, 2001, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

    A celebration of life will be 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, Davenport. Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at Hillside Cemetery, Marshfield, Wis. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the church. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, handled arrangements.

    Survivors include his wife, Beryl; children, Lisa Loken, Kansas City, Mo., Carolyn Koerner, Davenport, John III, Iowa City, and Douglas, Seattle, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and a brother, William, Racine, Wis.

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    Eldon Krambeck

    Services for Eldon F. Krambeck, 82, rural Davenport, are 10 a.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran, Eldridge, Iowa. Burial is in Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Sunday at the church. Chambers and Sass, Eldridge, is handling arrangements.

    He died June 7, 2001, at home.

    Surviving are his wife, Irene; children, Rebecca, Bettendorf, Susan, Swansea, Ill., Donald and Kent, Davenport, Charles, Urbandale, Iowa, Dennis, Eldridge, Keith, Long Grove, James, Mount Joy, and Gary, Wheatland, Iowa; 25 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, including Evelyn, Bettendorf.

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    Frank Meyer

    Frank B. Meyer, 60, of Davenport passed away Friday, June 8, 2001, at Fejervary Healthcare.

    Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorial services are 1:30 p.m. Monday at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family for a marker. Runge Mortuary handled arrangements.

    He was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Davenport.

    Surviving are brothers, Thomas Meyer, Carlos Tucker and Leslie Peters, all of Davenport; sisters, Hulda Sawvell, Eldridge, and Gretchen Wichtoski, Long Grove, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

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      Today is Monday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2014. There are 107 days left in the year.

    1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
    1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
    1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
    1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
    1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
    1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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