NAPLES, Fla. — Donald Gene Strafford, 89, of Bonita Springs, Fla., passed away on Feb. 22, in Naples, Fla. He was the devoted husband of Dorma D. (Stephenson) Strafford.
Donald was born on July 28, 1930, in Moline, to the late Fred and Hazel (Gelwicks) Strafford. He grew up locally, attending area schools, and June 11, 1950, he married the love of his life, Dorma. The two started their life together in Moline, and he was soon called to serve the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. After his service, he returned home and secured a position with John Deere. In 1957, the two relocated to Wisconsin, and he continued with the John Deere Company. Along the way, they were blessed with two wonderful children. Donald transferred to Kankakee, Ill., with his family in 1966 to continue his career as a Territory Manager for the John Deere Company. Donald and Dorma began vacationing to Florida in the 1980s and, in 1990, the two settled in the Bonita Springs as Florida residents and became “snowbirds” until 2017 when they became full-time residents.
Donald was quite the outdoor sportsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing his favorite spot in Canada and was an excellent trap shooter. He particularly enjoyed traveling, as he and his wife visited many countries all over the world. He took pride in his role as a Mason and a member of the Zor Shrine. Above all was the time he spent with his family and friends.
Donald is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Dorma D. (Stephenson) Strafford; their son, Stephen Strafford and Jo-Anne Smith; daughter, Martha McLaren, and husband, Matthew; as well as his sisters-in-law, Phyllis Strafford and Myrna Strafford; and nieces and nephews. Donald was preceded in death by his late brothers, Thomas, his twin, and Robert Strafford.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607-1460 or First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 2168, Bonita Springs, FL 34133 or the charity of your choice.
SHERRARD — Timothy L. “Tim” Boersen, 53, of Sherrard, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at his home. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 4th Ave. E, Milan. Private inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Tim's son, Tyler Boersen.
Tim was born on Aug. 18, 1966, in Moline, a son of Theodore “Ted” and Carolyn J. Boersen. He worked as a mechanic and operating engineer through Local Union 150. Tim had a great passion for anything motorized. He enjoyed working on cars, heavy equipment, tractors, motorcycles and much more. He was a proud member of the New Windsor Rodeo Drill Team, and he went to as many Old Threshers Reunions as he could over the years.
Left to cherish his memory are his son, Tyler Boersen, of Cambridge; siblings, Ken (Ellen) Boersen, of Muscatine, Ron (Brenda) Boersen, of Moline, and Kathy (Warren) Engell, of New York. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and many extended family members and friends.
ROCK ISLAND — Barbara Ann Eustler, 73, of Rock Island, formerly of Colona, passed away Feb. 21, 2020, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.
A memorial visitation will be noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Schroder Mortuary in Colona. A graveside service will be 2:30 p.m. at Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona. Memorials may be made to the family.
Barbara was born Jan. 21, 1947, in Moline, the daughter of Peter Cuoco and Shirley Jane (Adams) Shuler. She was raised by Chuck Shuh. Barbara married Dennis Ringstaff and later married Tex Eutsler. She previously worked for Carlson Laundry in Moline and enjoyed bowling in bowling leagues, crafts, drawing, painting, biking, playing games and listening to music. She especially loved spending time with her family.
Survivors include her children, Judi (Gusher) Yardley, Tammy (Scott Brown) Ringstaff and Janet Hoffman; grandchildren, Jeremy, Nicole, Talisha, Corey, Emily, Janessa, Jarah and Natasha; great-grandchildren, Johnny, Jordan, Camron, Dana, Marcella, Jillian and Ella; siblings, Gary (Carol-Ann) Stoneking, Yvonne (John) Porschke, Sharon (Roger) Shinn, Dianna (Jerry) Van Winkle, Peter (Pat) Cuoco and Chris Miller.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and her stepfather.
COLONA — Jacqueline L. Smith, 78, of Colona, Ill., died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Aperion Care Moline, East Moline.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th St., Moline, with Pastor Donnie Plemons officiating. Burial is in Dayton Corners Cemetery, Colona. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Cremation will take place after visitation at Trimble Crematory. Memorials may be made to the family.
The former Jacqueline Leah Houseman was born Dec. 17, 1941, in Alton, Ill., the daughter of Hubert and Lucille (Carter) Houseman. She married Harry Rogers Smith on Feb. 21, 1959, in Wood River, Ill. He died Feb. 6, 1999. She worked at Case IH in the paint department.
She was a talented cook and enjoyed playing bingo and gambling. Above all else, family was the most important thing to her.
Jackie is survived by two daughters, Becky Boll and Betty Francois, both of Colona, Ill.; grandchildren, Josh, Danielle, Derek, Candice, James, Aimee, Charity, Jordan, Courtney, Kristen, Shannon, Colin; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two children, Leah Smith-Hanson and James Smith; and siblings, James, William, Patricia, Carol, Linda and Louis Houseman.
The family would like to give special thanks to everyone at Aperion Care and Beacon of Hope Hospice for the wonderful care given to Jackie.
ROCK ISLAND — Lawrence E. Gulley, 83, of Rock Island, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at his residence.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Burial with military rites will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the family.
Lawrence was born on May 11, 1936. He was married to Betty McGuire, then later to Mary Smith, both preceding him in death. Also preceding him in death was his son, Lawrence Marshall Gulley; brothers, Arthur, Donald and Charles Gulley. He is survived by his sister, Mabel (Robert) Harvey; brothers, Billy and Bobby Gulley; children, Trudy (Marty) Lawson, Becky (Larry) Thorndyke, Julie Miller, John (Jacqueline) Gulley; stepdaughter, Shelly; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Lawrence was a proud U.S. veteran, serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, and enjoyed giving back to veteran organizations. He was a beloved union steward for the bakeries and later a janitor.