Posted Online: Jan. 26, 2008, 8:42 pm

Obituaries for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008

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  • Cecil Dolk
  • Bradley Gould
  • Jill Knaak
  • David McComas
  • Dwight Nicol
  • Betty Rogers
  • Betty Anderson
  • Leila Brown
  • Richard Columbus
  • Tabitha Crockett
  • Barbara Laake
  • Louis LeVeck
  • Karter McLain
  • James Perkins
  • Jodi Smith
  • Earl Wessel


  • Roger Altman

    Roger Jerome Altman, 88, of Rock Island, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, in Rock Island.

    Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Rock Island Memorial Park, with military honors bestowed by VFW Post 1303 and American Legion Posts 569 and 200. Memorials may be made to the Church of Peace United Church of Christ, Rock Island.

    Roger was born on Feb. 14, 1919, in Moline, the son of Louis Frank and Mabel Adelia Simpson Oltman. He married Betty Andrews on Nov. 5, 1949. She passed away in 1984. He married Thora Moltzer on June 15, 1989. She passed away in 1996. He married Virginia Ackland on July 7, 2001.

    Roger was an Army veteran having served during World War II, fighting at the Battle of the Bulge with the 4th Infantry Division of Patton's 3rd Army. Roger worked as a mechanical engineer for AMCCOM at the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring in 1993, following nearly 50 years of service.

    Roger was a member of the Church of Peace UCC, Rock Island, a life member of VFW Post 1303, Rock Island, member of American Legion Post 246, Moline, and F.O.E. Aerie 1112, Moline, where he served on the Eagles' Championship Drill Team. He was a former scout master with the Chief Black Hawk Council, an open division Golden Gloves boxer, an avid fisherman and member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis., enjoyed traveling, and was an avid Cubs fan.

    Survivors (and spouses) include his wife, Virginia Ackland-Altman, Rock Island; daughters, Dolores Irene, California, and Laurie Ann (John) Peschang-Budish, East Moline; son, Roger Craig (Wanda) Altman, Milan; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; sister, Dolores (Dean) Carney, Rock Island; and nephew, Jeff Carney, Rock Island. In addition to his wives, Betty and Thora, his parents also preceded him in death.

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    Kathryn Burns

    Kathryn L. Burns, 91, of Lusby, Md., formerly of Rock Island, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, in Prince Frederick, Md.

    Arrangements are pending at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island.

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    Rodney Joslin

    Rodney D. Joslin, 63, was an accomplished lawyer, a dedicated charter-school advocate and a civic leader. He died Jan. 23, 2008.

    Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. today in Drake and Sons Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Ave., Chicago, with a eulogy and prayer service at 6 p.m. Funeral services will take place the following day, Monday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 708 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be made to the Latin School of Chicago Scholarship Fund or Perspectives Charter Schools.

    Rod began his law practice in 1969 after graduating from the University of Iowa Law School and earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College in 1966. Rod practiced for more than 30 years at Jenner & Block LLP and was one of the firm's most sought-after litigators. A leader in the legal profession and civic community, Mr. Joslin was, at various times, an adjunct professor of trial practice and business law, past president of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago, member of the board of trustees for the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and member of the Augustana College board of trustees and the board of trustees of Northwestern University Library Council. He was founding board president of Perspectives Charter Schools, one of Chicago's first and most successful charter school organizations. He was a beloved mentor to the school's students and recruited many of the school's supporters. Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan noted that "Perspectives was one of our first charters and with several campuses now, the school is providing a great education to hundreds. Rod was one of the first business leaders willing to support a charter school 100 percent and put his reputation and resources on the line to try and create benefits for the children of Chicago."

    Rod was a proud and loving father and husband.

    He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Jeanne L. Nowaczewski, attorney and director of recruitment for the Office of New Schools at CPS; and his five children, Amy, Eliot, Benjamin, Cecelia and Frankie; and three grandchildren, Hope Gardner, and twins, Ophelia and Isobel Joslin, born last year. He also is survived by his sisters, Marjorie Rudisill and Ruth Blair.

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    Alice Attwood

    Alice P. Attwood, 78, of Moline, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at Trinity Pathway Hospice at Terrace Park, Bettendorf.

    Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

    Alice was born Nov. 13, 1929, in Davenport, the daughter of August and Mary Fuller Rennick. She married William T. Attwood on Nov. 16, 1946, in Rock Island. He preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 2003.

    Alice loved knitting, crocheting, fishing, playing bingo and baking up a storm during the holidays. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

    Survivors include her daughters, Lennice (Otis) Surratt, Iowa City, Iowa, Mary (James) Cousins, Milan; son, William (Rhonda) Attwood, Moline; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Rennick, East Moline; sisters, Nancy Jones, Colona, Lennice Jones, East Moline, Pat Garcia, Moline. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter, and two sisters.

    Online condolences may be expressed to Alice's family by visiting her obituary at www.esterdahlmortuary.com.

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    Esther Clark

    Esther E. Clark, 81, of Moline, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

    Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, East Moline, with services 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, also at the church. The Rev. P. Wonder Harris will officiate. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

    Esther was born March 31, 1926, in East Moline, to Sabie B. and Flora B. Clark Polite. In 1947, she married Roland S. Clark in Rock Island, who preceded her in death in 1983.

    She was a homemaker and a professional singer, performing with some of jazz’s greatests, and a lifetime member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, East Moline.

    She is survived by her loving and devout brother, Sylvester S. (Merlyn) Polite, Bettendorf; granddaughter, Tonya Clark, Davenport; nieces and nephews, Jim "Tack," Kenny (Louise), Beatrice, Almeda (Joe), Rawland "Pepsi," Reggie (Lena), Duane, David (Joanne), Tina, Theresa, Kim, Denise; sister-in-law, Margaret Polite; her Sunday dinner group; and special thank-you to Frank's Pizza, Quad Cities USA, The Windmill, and Family Restaurant. A special thank you to Joe Carmichael, for his tireless and dedicated efforts to Aunt Esther during her illness. She was preceded in death by her parents and 12 brothers and sisters.

    Condolences may be left for the family at www.sullivanphillipsltd.com.

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    Paul Fant

    Paul T. Fant, 87, of Moline, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Arrangements are pending at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Moline.

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    Jennifer Larson

    Jennifer D. Larson, 30, of Moline, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at Trinity Medical Center, 7th Street Campus, Moline.

    Arrangements are pending at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline.

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    Norman Proesch

    Norman E. Proesch, 81, of Moline, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, surrounded by his family at home.

    Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline. In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials may be made to the University of Minnesota Research for fanconi anemia in honor of his great-granddaughters, Bella and Maci Massa. Further arrangements are pending.

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    Gordon Miller

    Gordon D. Miller, 71, of East Moline, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at his home.

    According to his wishes, cremation rites were accorded. A memorial service will be held April 14, at the Viola United Presbyterian Church for all friends and family members who wish to attend and remember Gordon and celebrate his reuniting with Janice.

    Gordon was born Dec. 12, 1936, to Elvin Miller and Jennie Yarde Miller, the second of five children. He married the love of his life, Janice Jean Johnson on Feb. 12, 1956. She preceded him in death on April 14, 1988.

    He was a plumber by trade and an accomplished craftsman who took pride in every project he undertook. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was an avid NASCAR and Jeff Gordon fan, enjoyed gardening, culinary tasks, nature and his little dog, Chloe.

    He is survived by his two children, Joette McCaw and Jeff Miller; four grandchildren, Matthew McCaw, Tiffany Miller, Meagan McCaw and Jonathan Miller; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa Tito, Brianna Tito and Alyvia Watkins; his sister, June (Dan) Goben, Viola; his brother, Terry "Butch" (Pat) Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Marge Miller, Los Altos, Calif.; an aunt, Kathryn Brown; an uncle, Tad (Marilyn) Yarde; many cousins, nieces and nephews; a special friend, Ida Olson, and her family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin and Jennie Miller; his in-inlaws, E. A. and Bertha Johnson; and brothers, James Miller and Charles "Chuck" Miller.

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    Shirley White Halley

    Shirley M. Halley, 75, of Milan, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

    Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the funeral home. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established at a later date.

    The former Shirley M. Dopler was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Moline, the daughter of Elmer E. and Edna M. DeVolder Dopler. She married Earl K. White Dec. 15, 1951, in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 1988. She later married Bill D. Halley.

    Shirley was a self-employed dog groomer, having worked out of her home for many years.

    She was a loving mother and grandmother.

    Survivors include her sons, Gary and Steve White, both of Moline; daughter, Kathy Myers, Lake Bay, Wash.; grandchildren, Ashley and Jason White; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sharon Dopler, Milan. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Mark White.

    Online condolences may be made to www.deroofuneralhome.com.

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    Adam Larimore

    Adam Lee Larimore, 75, of Coal Valley, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at home.

    Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be at a later date. Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Moline, is assisting the family.

    Adam was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Macon County, Ill., to Robert and Ella Miller Larimore. He married Dorothy Farris on Dec. 3, 1955, in Windsor, Ill.

    He was an U.S. veteran serving in the Air Force. He was a lifetime member of the VFW No. 1237. He also enjoyed just "tinkering" around his house.

    Adam was an assistant director of engineering for 20 years at Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley, retiring in 1996.

    He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Linda Wernigk, Moline, Dwayne (Jennifer) Larimore, San Antonio, Texas, Lee (Rebecca) Larimore, Carbon Cliff; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Amanda Mae Davis, Decatur, Ill.; his special dog, Lady. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Anthony; two sisters; a brother; and his dog, Dinky.

    Online condolences may be expressed to Adam's family by visiting his obituary at www.esterdahlmortuary.com.

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    Ruth Botsford

    Ruth F. Botsford, 88, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at The Springs in Missoula, Mont., where she had been a resident for the past three years.

    Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Western Township Cemetery, Orion. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, 1301 4th St., Orion. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Missoula.

    Mom was born May 9, 1919, in Moline, the daughter of Harry and Millie Ferguson. She was raised on the family farm outside of Orion. Upon graduation from Orion High School in 1936, she attended Western Illinois Teachers College in Macomb. In a double wedding ceremony shared with her sister, Lenore, she was united in marriage to Douglas M. Botsford on Aug. 18, 1938, at the First Baptist Church in Orion. Dad died Nov. 30, 1990, in Eustis, Fla.

    During the first years of their marriage, Mom and Dad lived in Orion and Rock Island. In 1948, they purchased a country home with an apple orchard near Coal Valley. It was here they raised their three sons: Bruce (Carol), Dillon, Mont., Terry (Lois), Frenchtown, Mont., and Randy (Courtney), Missoula. After moves to Neenah and Madison, Wis., and Dad's retirement in 1969, they built a winter home in Coral Gables, Fla., and a summer home in Murphy (Bear Paw), N.C. They enjoyed golfing, sailing, traveling and visiting their sons and grandchildren. As the population grew in the Miami area, Mom and Dad moved north to Boynton Beach and then to Eustis.

    After Dad's death, Mom moved to Missoula to be closer to family. As a resident of Missoula for 16 years, she was active in the First Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon. Mom worked as a volunteer at the Missoula Food Bank, and gave freely of herself visiting shut-ins. She enjoyed playing cards, playing the organ and sharing her love of life with family, friends and strangers. A stranger meeting Mom for the first time became a friend. Her love was boundless.

    Mom also is survived by nine grandchildren, John (Shelly), Patricia, Karl (Ranie), Chris (Christa), Sarah (Greg), Michael, Amy (Ed), Greg and Dylan. She was delighted to have many great-grandchildren, McKayla, Ty, Madison, Lauren, Cal, Ellie, Ramsey Rose, Jace, Kaylee, Jessica, Ana and Bennan. Also surviving Mom is her sister, Lenore Rostron, Boise, Idaho; and nephews, nieces and cousins throughout the country. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and infant sister.

    Online condolences may be expressed to Ruth's family by visiting her obituary at www.esterdahlmortuary.com.

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    Roger Christiance

    Roger S. Christiance, 73, of Geneseo passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

    Per his requests, cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no services. Memorials may be left to the Roger Christiance Memorial fund. Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

    Roger was born on May 19, 1934, in Geneseo, the son of Everett and L. Merle Borkgren Christiance. He was a 1952 graduate of the Geneseo High School. He served his country in the U.S. Air force from 1952-1956. He married Barbara DeBlick in 1957. He later was united in marriage to Darlene Gradert Howlett in September of 1977.

    Roger had been employed as a carpenter superintendent with Union Local 166 for many years, from which he retired.

    Survivors include his loving wife, Darlene; children, Daphne Christiance, La Mesa, Calif., Therese Sargeant, Kingston, N.H., Deidre (Stephen) Coleman, Vancouver, Wash., Scott Christiance, Elco, Nev., Shawn Christiance, Elco, and Roger C. Christiance, Minnesota; stepchildren, Kimberly Sipes, Moline, Keith Howlett, Davenport, Kevin Howlett, Geneseo; nine grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; sisters, Linda (Stan) Storm, Geneseo, Sharon (Gene) Hulick, Kewanee, Lila (Elwyn) Borkgren, Geneseo, Gloria Hepner, Cambridge; brothers, Irwin (Janet) Borkgren, Darrell (Julie) Swanson, Everett (Jane) Swanson, Larry (Judy) Swanson, all of Geneseo, Marvin (Zaretta) Swanson, Cambridge; one uncle; one aunt; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, Carl D. Swanson; two brothers and one sister.

    Share a message of sympathy with Roger's family at www.vandemorefuneralhome.com.

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    Cecil Dolk

    Cecil M. Dolk, 86, of Galva, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at Marigold Health Care Center, Galesburg.

    Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Russell Collister will officiate. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Westfall Cemetery, rural Victoria, where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to Galva Public Library.

    Cecil was born near Victoria on Aug. 7, 1921. He was the son of H. Walter and Mary Wagher Dolk. He graduated from Galva High School with the class of 1940. He was both father and mother to his six children. He married Luine Collison Cook on Sept. 14, 1973, in Galva.

    Cecil served his country in the Army during World War II, serving from 1942-1946. He was a carpenter and was employed by Houghton Lumber Co. for 50 years. He was manager of the Houghton Lumber Co. in Bradford from 1959-1967. Cecil's greatest joy was his family and the time spent with them. He enjoyed wood carpentry, reading, history and his garden. He loved people and enjoyed visiting and sharing the garden goodies with others. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Galva, the Galva American Legion for 58 years and was currently a member of the Blanton-Thompson American Legion Post 155 in Crystal River, Fla., the IOOF Lodge No. 408 in Galva for 52 years, and the Henry County Farm Bureau.

    Surviving are his wife; four sons, Dan Dolk, Reno, Nev., Steve (Beth) Dolk, Delaware, Ohio, Jim (Vickie) Dolk, Silvis, and Bill (Susan) Dolk, Bloomington, Ill.; two daughters, Regina (Bill) Ausich, Columbus, Ohio, and Ranada (Terry) Covert, Virginia Beach, Va.; 13 grandchildren, Jill (Rob) Ewell, Ryan (Angel) Edwall, Elizabeth (David) Pook, Arlie Ausich, Mary Ausich, Tiffany (Michael) Colon, Adam Dolk, Tera Dolk, Cassie (Phil) Speigel and Ben, Sarah, Will and Pete Dolk; and seven great-grandchildren, Emily Edwall, Ryan Edwall II, Joseph Edwall, Alden Ewell, Taylor Ewell and Samuel Colon. He is also survived by five stepchildren, Charles (Nancy) Lippens Jr., Indianapolis, Ind., Michael (Judi) Cook, Medford, Ore., Patricia Lamie, Chicago, Donald (Marjorie) Cook, Martinez, Calif., and Darlas Cook, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 12 stepgrandchildren; 15 stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, Rosemary (Clay) Appenheimer, Dixon, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ralph and Wayne.

    This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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    Bradley Gould

    Bradley A. "Brad" Gould, 40, of Kewanee, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.

    Memorial services are 7 p.m. Tuesday at Schueneman-Tumbleson, Kewanee, with visitation 5-7 p.m. Private family inurnment is at a later date in Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset.

    He was born Nov. 10, 1967, in Kewanee, to Alan E. and Betty J. Carlson Gould.

    Surviving are his mother, Betty, Kewanee; brothers, Jeff (Amy) Gould, Alan D. (Devere) Gould, both of Kewanee; sister, Judy Detrick, Norwalk, Iowa; four nieces; three nephews; and his dog, Elway.

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    Jill Knaak

    Jill Knaak, 61, of Hampton, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

    Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Wildwood Baptist Church, East Moline. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made to Wildwood Baptist Church, East Moline.

    Jill was born Oct. 10, 1946, in Moline, the daughter of John C. and Betty Drumm Tuttle. She married Jim Knaak on Aug. 21, 1965, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Rapids City.

    Jill was employed for the State of Illinois, Department of Human Services as a supervisor, retiring in 2005, after 22 years. She was on the board of directors for "Walking with God Ministry" in Hendersonville, Tenn. Jill was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church for over 20 years. She was a former member of the Hampton School Board for a number of years and served as president. She was active with the Rock Island County youth softball. Jill loved to cross-stitch and was a Chicago Bears fan.

    Survivors include her husband, Jim; children, the Rev. Patric (Jennifer) Knaak, Orland Park, Pa., Katherine (David) Hess, St. Charles, Mo.; grandchildren, Parker Knaak and Zachary Hess; sister, Jackie (Edward) Willhouse, Coal Valley; mother, Betty Drumm, Davenport. She was preceded in death by her father.

    Online condolences may be expressed to Jill's family by visiting her obituary at www.esterdahlmortuary.com.

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    David McComas

    David R. McComas, 82, of Los Osos, Calif., was born Dec. 13, 1925, in Pomona, Calif., has passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, of aspiration pneumonia.

    A celebration of life will be Feb. 9, in Claremont, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, California Central Coast Chapter, or the Gorilla Foundation. For more on David's full life and many interests, plus information on the above donation options and the Celebration of Life, please go to barneymccomas.com.

    He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Pomona College, and his Masters of Arts in education at the University of La Verne. David was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict.

    He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Emma May "Sandy" (maiden name, Siefken, from Morrison); son, Barney; daughter, Maureen; son-in-law, Christopher; and four active grandsons, Sean, Jonathan, Mark and Conner.

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    Dwight Nicol

    Dwight L. Nicol, 70, Savanna, Ill., died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at Mercy Medical, Clinton, Iowa.

    Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran, Savanna. Burial is in Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Monday at Law-Jones, Savanna.

    He married Barbara Rath. She died in 1973. He married Janet Jessen. She died in 1994.

    Surviving are sons, Bryan Nicol, Iowa, John Jessen, Fulton; daughters, Penelope Nicol, Rock Island, Carol Jessen Lee, California, Jody Hehr, Virginia, Jennifer Weeks, Port Byron; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandson; five siblings.

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    Betty Rogers

    Betty I. Rogers, 82, of Fairview, Tenn., formerly of Cordova, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tenn.

    Friends and family are invited to a graveside service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cordova Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Gibson Funeral Home, Port Byron, is in charge of arrangements.

    The former Betty Ilene DePorter was born Nov. 28, 1925, in Moline, the daughter of Urban and Alice Barber DePorter. She married Harry C. Rogers on June 1, 1946, in Rapids City. He died on Dec. 15, 1993.

    She enjoyed reading and spending time at the beach.

    Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and Gil Winter, Savanna, Ill., Teresa and Harry Dempsey, Franklin, Tenn., and Marsha and Schenly Nalls, Cordova; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Elizabeth Rogers, East Moline; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Steffa, Oregon, Ill., Karol Fridley, Wheaton, Ill., and Barbara Davies, North Dakota; and brothers, Urban DePorter, East Moline, and Anthony DePorter, Mount Morris, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband; and a sister, Virginia.

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    Betty Anderson

    Betty Lee Anderson, 70, Bettendorf, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, after a brief battle with cancer.

    Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at McGinnis-Chambers, Bettendorf. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park.

    She was born Nov. 4, 1937, in Davenport, to Charles and Dorothy Chapman Roseleaf. She married Buddy L. Anderson Sept. 2, 1967.

    Surviving are her husband; daughters, Tracy Lee and Darcy Lee, Bettendorf; grandchildren, Tryca, Tygan, Talye and Daycara; sister, Darlene Roseleaf, Bettendorf.

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    Leila Brown

    Leila Joy Brown, 76, of Davenport, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at Genesis West, Davenport.

    Memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Bettendorf. Arrangements are by Runge, Davenport.

    She was born Dec. 25, 1931, in Kissimmee, Fla., to George and Lilla Sigler. She married Otho Brown. He preceded her in death.

    Surviving are children, Michael Brown, Brunswick, Ga., Linda Awkerman, Riverdale, Kathy Rice, Brenda Brown, Robbie Brown, all Florida; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two half-brothers; one half-sister.

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    Richard Columbus

    Richard Lee Columbus, 46, of Davenport, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

    Arrangements are pending at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

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    Tabitha Crockett

    Tabitha Claudene Crockett, infant daughter of Tammy and Phillip Crockett, Davenport, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

    Arrangements are pending at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

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    Barbara Laake

    Barbara Laake, 76, Davenport, died Jan. 24, 2008, at her home.

    Graveside services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. To attend, meet at McGinnis-Chambers, Bettendorf, at 9:15 a.m. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

    She married Winfred P. Laake May 3, 1952. He died in 2000.

    Surviving are grandchildren, Dustin Swearinger, Magdalen Swearinger, Heather Laake, Heidi Laake; great-grandchildren, Emma and Wyatt; remote son, Ted Laake, Davenport; siblings, Nancy Fleming, Bettendorf, Dorothy Bloomer, Jim Laake, Joe Laake, Davenport.

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    Louis LeVeck

    Louis F. LeVeck, 73, of Davenport, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport.

    Arrangements are pending at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

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    Karter McLain

    Karter Lon McLain, 50, of Davenport, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at his home.

    Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Moline Memorial Park. Memorials may be made for a fund to be established for his daughter's education.

    Karter was born May 22, 1957, in Moline, the son of Gordon and Shirley Johnson McLain. He married Diana Wheeler. He later married Terri Kinnan.

    Karter was employed at Hy-Vee, Davenport. He enjoyed playing pool and shooting darts. Karter's greatest joy and love was music. He was a very well-known musician in the Quad-Cities area.

    Survivors include his daughter, Kelsie McLain, Davenport; brothers, Kent (Mary) McLain, Moline, Kurt (Karen) McLain, West Des Moines, Iowa, Kim (Sharon) McLain, Rock Island; special friend, Terri McLain, Davenport; five nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Shirley in 1991; and a sister, Vickie.

    Online condolences may be expressed to Karter's family by visiting his obituary at www.esterdahlmortuary.com.

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    James Perkins

    James "Jim" E. Perkins, 72, of Bettendorf, loving husband, father and grandfather, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at his home in Bettendorf, surrounded by his family and friends.

    Per his request, cremation rites were accorded. A memorial service will be at a later date. The Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is in charge of arrangements.

    Jim was born Nov. 8, 1935, in Aledo, the son of Lester and Mildred Michels Perkins. He served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Joan DeVriendt on Sept. 6, 1969, in Rock Island.

    Jim worked for John Deere for 30 years prior to his retirement in 1998. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and enjoyed NASCAR racing. He also enjoyed bird-watching, going on vacation to Delhi, Iowa, and listening to Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and Josh Grobin. His greatest joy, however, was spending time with his family.

    He will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife, Joan, Bettendorf; sons, Jason Perkins and his fiancee, Jane Miletich, Bettendorf, Michael (Denise) Perkins and Greg Perkins, all of Davenport; daughter, Shari (Johnny) Johnson, Davenport; daughters, Jodee (Chris) Toalson, Bettendorf, Julie (Steve) Watkins, Shady Shores, Texas; son, Scot (Lisa) Wilkins, Bettendorf; 12 grand and great-grandchildren; special daughter-in-law, Sue Tubbs, Rock Island; brothers, Larry, Texas, and Tom, Davenport; special cousin, Don (Phyllis) Michels, Anamosa, Iowa; and his furry companion, "Lady."

    His son, Joseph; parents; daughter, Michelle; and a brother, LeRoy, preceded him in death.

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    Jodi Smith

    Jodi D. Smith, 44, of Davenport, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at Midwest Regional Medical Center, Zion, Ill.

    Arrangements are pending at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf.

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    Earl Wessel

    Earl John Wessel, 73, Bettendorf, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf.

    Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Lutheran Church, Bettendorf. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries, Davenport.

    He was born March 5, 1934. He married Donna Marie Lambach Feb. 28, 1956.

    Surviving are his wife; children, Molly Meyer, Brent Wessel, Davenport, Tracy Johnson, Shorewood, Minn.; eight grandchildren; sister, Edith Hiler, Rock Island; brother, Fred C. Wessel III, Eldridge.

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