Posted Online: Oct. 23, 2004, 12:00 am

Obituaries for Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004

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  • Chester Rauch
  • Charlotte Stokes
  • Ada Swenson
  • Otho and Mary Urbantke
  • Randy Ziegenhorn

  • Julie Spencer Canfield

    Julie K. Spencer Canfield, 45, of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away at her home on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004.

    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 42nd Street and Thomas Road, Phoenix, with the Rev. David Hicks officiating.

    Julie was born in Moline Aug. 4, 1959, daughter of Ronald D. and Alveda R. Pristash Spencer. On Dec. 29, 1978, in Moline, she was married to Charles W. Canfield. Julie lived in Arizona from August 1985 until her death.

    Survivors include her husband, Charles; her daughters and sons-in-law, Nicole Spencer, Tammy (Todd) Matthews, Traci (Ryan) Padgett; her sons and daughter-in-law, Ronald (Lisa) Spencer, Jesse Canfield; her mother, Alveda Spencer; her four sisters and brothers-in-law, Christine (Dennis) Henry, Marion (John) VanWinkle, Tina Palumbo, Teri (Marc) Castaneda; her brother and sisters-in-law, Lewis (Kari) Spencer, Diane Spencer; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Karen (Terry) Ruppert, Brian Canfield; 11 grandchildren; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Julie was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Spencer, and her brother, Lawrence Spencer.

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    Milo Gregson

    Milo August Gregson, 89, of Cape Coral, Fla., a longtime resident of Moline, passed away Thursday, Oct. 21, at Hope Hospice House, Fort Myers, Fla., after a brief illness.

    Metz Funeral Home, Cape Coral, is handling arrangements. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in his name be made to Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or the Hope Hospice General Fund, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

    One of five children, he was born Milo August Edgar Gregson May 3, 1915, in Mariposa Township, Iowa, to Wilbur and Frederica Gregson. He was a devoted husband, wonderful father and loyal friend to all. Mr. Gregson and his wife, Lois, were longtime residents of Moline and Cape Coral. He was a member of Oakwood Country Club, Moline, and Palmetto Pine Country Club, Cape Coral. Prior to his retirement in 1973, Milo was a director with International Harvester, both in the United States and France. He worked at IH in many different capacities over his 43-year career.

    Milo is survived by a loving family, a son, Richard (wife Gayle) Gregson, Fort Myers, and their children, Christopher and Kevin (wife Jacqueline); two daughters, Jo Ann (husband Kerry) Bierman, Columbus, Ohio, and their children, Peter and Emily, and Cristine (husband Michael) Vesely, Oak Park, Ill., and their children, Paula and Neil; two sisters, Dolores Wilson, Sun City, Ariz., and Wilma Thorpe, Oakland, Ore. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Shirley Merrit and Lendall Arlos; and many friends.

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    Harold Griffith

    Harold P. Griffith, 87, of Moline, well-known Moline High School teacher and guidance counselor, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

    Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Congregational Church, Moline. Entombment is in Moline Memorial Park Mausoleum, where Moline American Legion Post 246 will present military honors. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline. Memorials may be made to the Harold P. Griffith Chapter of Moline High School National Honor Society Foundation.

    Harold Paul Griffith was born Dec. 23, 1916, in Seaton, Ill., son of Milton and Clara Armstrong Griffith. He graduated from Seaton High School and Monmouth College and earned his master's degree in education from the University of Iowa. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, and was involved in action in the Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean and Far East. He married Mildred Schiess Jan. 6, 1945, in New York City, N.Y.

    He was an educator for 39 years. He was employed by Moline Unit School District 40 for 31 years as an English and speech teacher and guidance counselor at Moline High School, retiring in 1981. He previously taught in Reynolds, Ill., for seven years, and Bensonville, Ill., for one year. He also taught speed reading at Black Hawk College for many years.

    Fifty years ago, he and the late Barbara Garst co-founded the National Honor Society chapter at Moline High School, which was renamed the Harold P. Griffith Chapter in his honor in 1981. Upon his retirement, he started the National Honor Society Foundation, which awards scholarships to graduating National Honor Society members.

    Harold was a member of First Congregational Church, Moline, Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Phi Delta Kappa, American Legion Post 246, and VFW Post 2153. He enjoyed gardening, doing yard work and spending time with his family.

    Harold is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mildred; five children and their spouses, Gloria and Steve Wisley, Coal Valley, Karen and Joe Billman, Dumfries, Va., John Griffith, Moline, Joline and Steve Schroder, Rock Island, Jeffrey and Pamela Griffith, Moline; six grandchildren, Andy and Katie Billman, Eric and Jennifer Schroder, Laura and Scott Griffith; sister, Mildred Clark, Silver Spring, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Vivian Boley; and two brothers, Richard and Boyd Griffith.

    Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at

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    Doris McClean

    Doris M. McClean, 80, of Moline, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.

    Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline. There will be a visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. Inurnment will take place at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may go to Quad City Animal Welfare.

    Doris M. Thomas was born Oct. 27, 1923, to Lee and Lila Dale Thomas, in Galesburg. She married Vernon H. McClean March 7, 1942, in Kahoka, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1989.

    She was employed at Modern Woodmen of America for 37 years, retiring in 1988. She enjoyed reading, puzzles and visiting with friends and loved animals.

    Survivors (and spouses) include daughter, Beverly (Larry) Pearson, Matherville; granddaughters, Carla Grove, Rochester, N.Y., Patricia (Scott) Harris, Milan, Colleen Pearson, Matherville; great-granddaughters, Amanda Grove, Ashley Grove, Kelli Grove, Ashley Harris; great-grandsons, Scott Harris Jr., Cole Harris, Jeremy Harris; nieces, Chris Richardson, Jo (Pat) Richardson; nephew, Lee Thomas.

    In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her mother and father and a son, Dale McClean.

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    Constance Ward

    Constance H. `Connie` Ward, 83, of Silvis, died Oct. 21, 2004, at Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley.

    Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Schroder Mortuary, Silvis, is in charge of arrangements.

    She was born March 14, 1921, in Millersburg, Ill., to Willard and Evangeline Morris Maher. She married Clarence Ward in March 1950 in Millersburg. He preceded her in death in 1980. She was a homemaker.

    Survivors (and spouses) include brother-in-law, Alphonse Haegeman, Silvis; niece, Julie (John) Kendall, Natchez, Miss.; nephew, David (Sandi) Haegeman, East Moline. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Maxine Haegeman.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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    Forrest Andrews Holstrom

    Forrest Andrews Holstrom, 79, of Geneseo, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.

    Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Ton Heyd will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by Geneseo VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. Masonic services will be conducted at 7:45 p.m. by Stewart Lodge 92 AF&AM. Memorials may be made to the Forrest Holstrom Memorial Fund.

    Forrest was born Nov. 5, 1924, in rural Geneseo, son of Carl Edward and Ruth Andrews Holstrom. He was a 1942 graduate of Geneseo High School. Forrest was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving as an electrician's mate on the USS Blessm. He saw action in the Pacific and Atlantic Theaters and received numerous medals.

    He married Lylah M. Larson Nov. 14, 1954, in Geneseo, at First Lutheran Church. Forrest was a city mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Geneseo for 17 years, then was postmaster of the Geneseo Post Office for 16 years, until he retired in 1986. He later worked at Durick's Radio Shack, Geneseo, for several years.

    He was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church. He was also a member of Stewart Masonic Lodge 92 AF&AM and Order of the Eastern Star 275, Geneseo. Forrest was past president of Geneseo Kiwanis Club and the Geneseo PTA. He served on the Geneseo City Council as 2nd Ward alderman and on various city committees. He enjoyed collecting stamps and coins and traveling with Lylah.

    Survivors include his wife, Lylah; son and spouse, Edward and Marsha Holstrom, Bettendorf; daughter and spouse, Laura and Kelly VanLaningham, East Peoria, Ill.; grandchildren, Brandon and Elliott Holstrom and Noah VanLaningham; step-grandchildren, Shea and Drew VanLaningham; sister and spouse, Betty Jean and Chuck Knox, Rock Island; brother-in-law, Richard Mordhorst, Moline. He was preceded in death by a sister, Caroline Mordhorst.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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    Willard Koning

    Willard D. Koning, 80, of Mineral, Ill., died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Emergency Room, Geneseo.

    Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson. The Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will be in Mineral Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Willard Koning Memorial Fund.

    Willard was born May 20, 1924, in Bailyville, Ill., son of George and Florence Moran Koning. He married Mildred J. Lonanecker Oct. 3, 1948, in Sterling, Ill.; she died in 1995. He married Ruby Green Nov. 2, 1996, in Pearl City, Ill. Willard farmed in rural Annawan and also in Wisconsin. He enjoyed fishing.

    Survivors include his wife, Ruby; sons and spouses, Dave and Eunice Koning, Monroe, Wis., Steve and Judy Koning, Geneseo, Mark and Karen Koning, Janesville, Wis., Jim and MaryAnn Koning, Annawan, Joe and Cheri Koning, Oregon, Ill., Dan and Lisa Koning, Walnut, Ill., Kevin and Denise Koning, Walnut; daughter and spouse, Kathy and Steve Kulisek, North Aurora, Ill; four stepchildren; 30 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren; brothers and spouses, Robert and Doris Koning, Freeport, Ill., Larry and Ronana Koning, Lanark, Ill.; sisters and spouses, Doris and Gayle Kilker, Shannon, Ill., Darlene and Tom First, Belvidere, Ill., Carol Hagmann, Mount Morris, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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    Arlo M. Roberts

    Arlo M. Roberts, 72, of Geneseo, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo. According to his wishes, cremation rites were accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, is in charge of arrangements.

    Arlo was born Feb. 14, 1932, in Estherville, Iowa, son of Don C. and Edna Randall Roberts. He graduated from Estherville High School and attended Iowa Lakes Community College. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, serving on the island of Guam. Arlo married Audrey Wunn April 26, 1952; she died in 1996. He was a locomotive engineer for the Rock Island Lines from 1962 until it closed in 1980. During that time, he served as Local chairman for the former B.L.F.&E. and United Transportation Union. He retired as a conductor for the Burlington Northern Railway in 1991. He enjoyed fishing and creating scroll saw art.

    Survivors include sons and spouses, Wesley Roberts, Guernsy, Wyo., Leonard and Wendy Roberts, Buffalo, Wyo., Doug and Tami Roberts, Geneseo, Wayne Roberts, Geneseo; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jessica, Jaime, Christopher, Andrew and Carissa, Nolan and Marcela, and Shane, Caleb and Ridge; brothers and spouses, Dale and Jeanette Roberts, Don and Joann Roberts, Glen and Katherine Roberts; sister-in-law, Margarette Roberts. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; a brother, Leonard; and a grandson, Brock.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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    Margaret Van Zuiden

    Margaret J. Van Zuiden, 83, of Fulton, died Oct. 22, 2004, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton.

    Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fulton Presbyterian. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bosma-Renkes. Burial is in Fulton Township Cemetery.

    Born March 24, 1921, to Jacob J. and Margaret Schaver, she married Marvin Van Zuiden in 1940; he died in 1984.

    Survivors are children, Linda Davis, Arla Tomman, Larry, all Fulton, Michael, Ottawa, Ill., Don, Albuquerque, N.M.; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Kathryn Mitchell, Florida.

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    David Bradley

    David R. "Dave" Bradley, 72, of Davenport, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Genesis East, Davenport.

    Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Weerts, Davenport. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park.

    David was born Dec. 28, 1931, to Katherine Smith. He married Shirley Kenney Feb. 13, 1954.

    Survivors are his wife, Shirley; children, Robert, Charlotte Bearce, Norma Rymars, all Davenport, Cathy Cronbaugh, Belle Plaine, Iowa; brother, Phillip Smith, Brenham, Texas; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

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    Gerald Eilers

    Gerald Eilers, 60, of Davenport, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport. Arrangements are pending at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport.

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    Thomas Griffith

    Thomas R. Griffith III, 56, of Bettendorf, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport. Arrangements are pending at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf.

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    David Hart

    David D. Hart, 49, of Bettendorf, died Oct. 21, 2004, at his home.

    Cremation rites will be accorded. A private memorial service will be held later.

    He was born Aug. 29, 1955, to Warren and Margaret Hubbard Hart. He married Jeanine Bisby May 28, 1977, in Springfield.

    Survivors (and spouses) are wife of 27 years, Jeanine; daughter, Sarah Hart, Ames, Iowa; daughter, Katie Brown, Minneapolis, Minn.; brothers, Charles Hart and Sam Hart; mother, Margaret Hart; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy, in 1980, and his father, Warren Hart, in 1986.

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    Chester Rauch

    Chester A. Rauch, 87, of Davenport, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Silvercrest Assisted Living, Davenport. Arrangements are pending at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport.

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    Charlotte Stokes

    Charlotte Y. Stokes, 30, of Davenport, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport. Arrangements are pending at Orr's Mortuary, Rock Island.

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    Ada Swenson

    Ada M. Swenson, 98, of Davenport, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at the Kahl Home, Davenport. Arrangements are pending at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island.

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    Otho and Mary Urbantke

    Memorial services for Otho D. and Mary R. Urbantke will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Chambers, Eldridge. Visitation is one hour prior to the services.

    Mr. Urbantke died Oct. 10, 2004, at Genesis East, Davenport. Mrs. Urbantke preceded him in death July 20, 2001. Burial is in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport, following the service. Memorials may be made to the Scott County Humane Society.

    Otho was born March 10, 1931, in Rowena, Texas, to Daniel Edmund and Esta Marie Behrens Urbantke. He served in the Marine Corps and Reserves during the Korean War.

    Otho married Mary Ruth Butsch Feb. 23, 1972, in Anaheim, Calif.

    Mary was born Oct. 6, 1928, in Crossville, Ill., to William and Elsie Butsch.

    Their survivors are daughter, Donna Reid; grandson, William Reid, both Eldridge; his sister, Florene Freeland, Wichita Falls, Texas; his brother, James, San Angelo, Texas; several nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

    The family would like to express special thanks to the doctors and nurses of the SICU at Genesis East for all their care and concern during Otho's illness.

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    Randy Ziegenhorn

    Randy R. Ziegenhorn, 46, of Iowa City, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at his farm in Eliza Township, Illinois.

    Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Eliza Community Church with the Rev. David Aanonson officiating. Burial is in Drury/Reynolds Cemetery. There is no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Christ The King Lutheran Church, 325 Mormon Trek Blvd., Iowa City. Memorials may be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

    He was born June 20, 1958, in Peoria, Ill., son of Russell and Roberta Smith Ziegenhorn. He graduated from Westmer High School and Augustana College. He married Diane E. Matchatka July 20, 1985, in Downers Grove, Ill.

    Randy farmed in Eliza Township for several years. Continuing his education, he earned his master's degree and later attained a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Iowa in 1997, where he was awarded the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Award for his study of Farmer Networks. He was a part-time instructor at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, until 2002.

    He was a director and member of the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District and was formerly named Mercer County Conservation Farmer of the Year.

    Randy enjoyed writing and publishing short stories and received an award from the Illinois Arts Council for his work.

    Survivors include his wife, Diane Matchatka; a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Peter, both at home; and his mother Roberta "Betty" Ziegenhorn, Eliza. His father preceded him in death.

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