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Obituaries for Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Obituaries for Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Boyd Bartlett

Boyd C. Bartlett, 82, of Moline, former president and director of Deere and Company, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday in the Celebration of Life Chapel at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline, with the Rev. Janet Lepp, St. James' Lutheran Church, Rock Island, officiating. Burial is in Moline Memorial Park. Visitation is one hour before the services. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.

Boyd Crownhart Bartlett was born Oct. 21, 1925, in Cameron, Wis., the son of Roy M. and Verna Boortz Bartlett. He graduated from Superior State University, Superior, Wis. He was a pilot in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Joyce Sanborn on Dec. 28, 1946, in Superior. She died Oct. 4, 2000. He married LaVonna Kiesele on Aug. 17, 2001, in Cameron.

Mr. Bartlett was employed by Deere and Company for over 40 years. He worked his way through the ranks to become president and chief operating officer from 1985 until his retirement in 1987. He served on the company's Board of Directors from 1979 to 1993. Prior to his employment at Deere, he taught school and was in business with his father in a John Deere Dealership in Rice Lake, Wis.

Boyd was a member of St. James' Lutheran Church, Rock Island; Lexington Country Club, Fort Myers, Fla.; and Short Hills Country Club, East Moline. He was past president and former director of the Farm and Industrial Equipment Institute, a former director of the U.S. Farm Foundation, past president of the Lutheran Hospital Board, former member of the Board of Quad City Development Group, and active in numerous other community and industry organizations. He was a former member of Crow Valley Country Club, Davenport, and Avondale Golf Club in California.

He enjoyed military flying and golf.

Boyd is survived by his wife, LaVonna; two children and their spouses, Jeffrey and Linda Bartlett, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Martha and Chris Van Luvanee, Prescott, Ariz.; stepchildren and their spouses, Steven and Carla Sward, Rochester, Minn., Scott Sward and Peter Sward, both of Summit Lake, Wis., Jan and Kurt Meyer, Moline, and Barb and Doug Edwards, Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo and Dean Johnston, Cameron. He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Bartlett; and a sister, Jane Sirianna, Wausau, Wis.

Boyd's family invites friends to sign his guestbook or light a candle in his memory at

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Zella Begole

Zella R. Begole, 97, of Moline, formerly of LaPlata, Mo., died Sunday, March 2, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Travis Funeral Chapel, LaPlata, Mo. Burial is in Gibbs Union Cemetery, Gibbs, Mo. Visitation is one hour before the service. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, LaPlata. Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline, is assisting the family.

The former Zella Ruth Overstreet was born Jan. 9, 1911, in Grundy Center, Iowa, the daughter of William Arthur and Susie Anna Dover Overstreet. She married Bert Begole in 1928, in Kirksville, Mo. He died in 1972. She was a registered nurse at Laughlin Hospital, Kirksville, for 18 years.

Zella was the first woman juror in Adair County, Mo., in 1939. She attended First Christian Church, Moline.

Zella is survived by her sister, Eudema Huffman, Moline; and several nieces and nephews including Larry and Judith Huffman, Hallsville, Mo., Sharon and Geoff Hicks, Colona, and Susan and Rick Riggs, Moline, and their families. She and her husband raised 53 foster children, including a special foster son, Frank Love Jr., Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband; two children, Darlene and Roger Begole; a sister, Claudia Ratliff; a brother, William Arthur Overstreet Jr.; a brother-in-law, Eugene Huffman; and a nephew, Dwight Huffman.

Zella's family invites friends to sign her guestbook or light a candle in her memory at

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Keith Ewing

Keith F. Ewing, 90, of Moline, died Monday, March 3, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

Private family graveside services will be in Moline Memorial Park. Military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 246. Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Moline, is assisting the family.

Keith was born June 7, 1917, in Moline, to Earl L. and Flora Fitch Ewing. He married Dorothy Marie Shoemaker on May 21, 1941, in St. Louis, Mo. She preceded him in death on Jan. 12, 2008.

Keith worked in the experimental department at John Deere Spreader Works. He later was a machinist in the tool room at John Deere Plow Planter Works, retiring in 1978.

He is survived by daughter, Donna A. (Glen) Berkenbile, Bettendorf.

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Crotis Teague Jr.

Crotis Teague Jr., 82, of East Moline, died March 3, 2008, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, East Moline. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Gaines Chapel A.M.E Church, East Moline. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

He was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Paris, Tenn., to Crotis Sr. and Birdie Hampton Teague. He first married Euna Belle Barnett. He later married Katherine Thomas, Aug. 20, 1966, in Muscatine, Iowa.

Crotis retired from John Deere Harvester in 1987.

He was the first African-American to serve on the Deere Harvester Credit Union Board of Directors. He was an active member and trustee at Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church and a member of the Watertown Neighborhood Watch Organization. Crotis served on the board of directors for the Florence Aldridge Center in East Moline, as a civil rights coordinator for the U.A.W. and as a chairman and vice president for Local UAW 865. He was a long-term precinct committeeman, politician and an avid Democrat. He was owner and operator of T&T Lounge. He served 16 years as an East Moline 7th Ward alderman and mayor pro tem from 1989 to 2005 under three mayors. He was honored as East Moline Citizen of the Year in 2000. He was recognized for Excellence in Black Achievement in 2004. In 1989, he was awarded by the UAW Area Civil Rights Council for his dedication to human rights, not only in the union but his community. He belonged to many other organizations.

Survivors (and their spouses) include his wife, Katherine; sons, Ronnie D. (Sandra) Teague, Atlanta, Ga., Michael (Gina) Teague, East Moline, and Max (Kellie) Bandy Jr., Davenport; daughters, Rosalind Teague-Edochie, Atlanta, Darlene (Dennis) Bell Liggins, East Moline, Sounja Teague, East Moline; sisters, Elreadia Teague, East Moline and Mary Guthrie, Milwaukee, Wis.; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three aunts; two uncles; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends; and a special friend, Booker Cole. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edward Clay; a sister, Arnetta Teague; and a stepdaughter, Adrienna Bandy.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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Linda Wadsager

Linda J. Wadsager, 65, of Silvis, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

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

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Helen Gillespie

Helen Gillespie, 79, of Coal Valley, formerly of Colona, died March 4, 2008, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

Private burial is in Coal Valley Cemetery. Trimble, Coal Valley, is assisting the family.

She was born in 1928. She married James Gillespie. He died in 1974.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Kenneth Teeter, Coal Valley; four grandchildren, including Tammy and Jack Eades, Colona, and Tom and Lisa Hurr, Davenport; two brothers; and one sister.

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Bearl Bruffett Sr.

Bearl H. Bruffett Sr., 78, of Milan, died March 3, 2008, at his residence.

Arrangements are with Family Funeral Services, Milan. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Family Funeral Services, Milan. Funeral services will be noon Friday, March 7, at the funeral home. His place of final rest will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

He was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Hammond, Mo., to Vernie L. and Ida Roberts Bruffett. He married Judy Lee Proksch Jan. 26, 1957, in Milan. She died Dec. 29, 1972.

Bearl retired in 1985 after 25 years of service at I.H. Farmall in Rock Island.

He enjoyed pitching horseshoes and attended the World Championships over the years. He also was an avid golfer, bowler and fisherman. His favorite fishing hole was at the steel dam in Milan while watching eagles fly.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Bearl Bruffett Jr. and his wife, Denise, Rock Island; daughters, Phyllis Bruffett, Coralville, Iowa, Penny and her husband, James Obermann, Schaumburg, Ill.; granddaughter, Kaylee Bruffett, Rock Island; sisters, Pearl (Ted) Casey, Prineville, Ore., Jerlene (Charles) Seeley, Prineville, Erma Lee (Ralph) Madden, Osawatomie, Kan.; sisters-in-law, Charlotte Bruffett, The Dalles, Ore., Norma Bruffett, Prineville. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Judy; and three brothers, Leonard, Henry and Earl.

You are welcome to leave an online condolence message at

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Eva Akers

Eva P. Akers, 86, of Toulon Health Care Center, formerly of Galva, died March 3, 2008, at the center.

Cremation rites have been accorded, and a graveside memorial service will be at a later date in Galva Cemetery. Rux, Galva, is in charge of arrangements.

She married Arthur Akers. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are daughter, Mary Ann Fisher, Toulon; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; stepdaughters, Virginia Fields and Sharon Mattingly, both Indiana.

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Virginia Dziengel

Virginia M. Dziengel, 85, of Kewanee, died March 3, 2008, at Kewanee Hospital.

Services are 11 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Kewanee. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Rux, Kewanee, with a rosary at 6 p.m. Burial is in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee.

She was born in 1923. She married Leo Dziengel Sr. in 1941. He died in 1988.

Surviving are sons, Leo Jr., Larry and Terry, all Kewanee; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; one brother; one sister.

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Marcile Jones

Marcile K. Jones, 86, of Fulton, died March 1, 2008, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Fulton, with visitation 9:30 a.m. until services. Interment is in Savanna Township Cemetery, Savanna.

She was born Aug. 19, 1921, in Savanna, to Oran and Elsie Collier Ritchie. She married John C. Jones May 24, 1941, in Canton, Mo. He died July 2, 1999.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

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Wilma Lorenson

Wilma L. Lorenson, 94, of Mineral, died March 3, 2008, at Kewanee Care Center.

Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Mineral United Methodist. Burial is in Mineral Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Stackhouse-Moore, Sheffield.

She was born Sept. 12, 1913, In Henry County, Ill. She married Harley Lorenson on March 14, 1934. He died Oct. 16, 1999.

Survivors include children, Linda Flint, Mineral, Roger, Sheffield, Rodney, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters.

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Fay Morgan

Fay E. Morgan, 84, of Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Prophetstown, died March 3, 2008, at the center.

Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Bosma-Renkes, Fulton, with visitation 9:30-11 a.m. Interment will be in Fulton Township Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 21, 1923. He married Vernabelle Buikema on Dec. 30, 1947. She died July 16, 2003.

Surviving are sons, Larry, Bloomington, Ill., Rick, Prophetstown; one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Ray Sr., Clinton, Iowa.

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Frank Polansky Sr.

Frank Albert Polansky Sr., 87, Kewanee, died March 4, 2008, at Kewanee Hospital.

Cremation rites were accorded. Memorial services are 5:30 p.m., Thursday, at Rux, Kewanee. Visitation is 4:30 p.m. to services. Inurnment is in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Surviving are his children, Frank Jr., Pahrump, Nev., and Judith Pianowski, and brother, John William Polansky, both Kewanee; a sister; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren.

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Marla Carol Steagall

Marla Carol Steagall, 68, of Aledo, died Monday, March 3, 2008, in Aledo.

Funeral Mass is 11:30 a.m. Friday, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Matherville. Burial is in St. John Cemetery, Viola. Dennison Funeral Home, Viola, is handling arrangements.

She was born Aug. 31, 1939, in Matherville, to Michael and Alice David Miller. She married Henry Ray Steagall in 1963. He died in 2000.

Survivors include daughters, Kay Stevens, Maquoketa, Iowa, and Renea Hainline, Milan; son, Ron Miller, Aledo; three grandchildren; mother, Alice Miller, Aledo; sister, Pam Miller, Aledo; brothers, Tom Miller, Matherville, Mike Miller, Davenport.

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Richard Webb Sr.

Richard E. Webb Sr., 73, of Atkinson, died March 3, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

Arrangements are with Family Funeral Services, Colona. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Family Funeral Services, Colona, with funeral services at 1 p.m. Place of final rest will be Dayton Cemetery in Colona.

He was born Dec. 5, 1934, in Hooppole, to Wilbur and Gertrude Gehn Webb. He married Judy Shelby April 15, 1983, in Green Rock. Judy died Jan. 1, 1995.

He retired in 1987 as a millwright from John Deere Foundry after 28 years of service.

Richard enjoyed fishing and camping and attending auctions.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Brian Sullivan, Prophetstown; son, Richard E. Webb Jr., Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Megan Sletten, Nicholas Sletten, Aaron Sullivan, Rachel Sullivan, Seth Sullivan; sisters, Dorothy Cunningham, Mesa, Ariz., Reeda Basala, Matherville; brothers, John Webb, Colona, Charles Webb, Geneseo. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Stropes.

You are welcome to leave an online condolence message at

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John Wirth

John C. "Jack" Wirth, 74, of Geneseo, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, where a rosary will be recited at 7:45 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Jack Wirth Memorial Fund.

Jack was born on Aug. 13, 1933, the son of John F. and Lela Armstrong Wirth. He was a 1951 graduate of Geneseo High School. Jack proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was united in marriage to Dixie Price on June 11, 1955, at St. Malachy's, Geneseo.

Jack was a lifetime farmer in Loraine Township. He was a member of St. Malachy's Catholic Church, State Farmer in FFA, Loraine Boosters 4H, St. Mary's Holy Name Society, Geneseo Kiwanis Club, Big Slough Drainage Commission, Sharon Drainage District Commission and charter member of the Geneseo Jaycees. Jack was a Geneseo High School board member for four years, and served on the Co-Op Board of Directors for 25 years where he was a past president. He had served as president for Little League football and baseball. Jack was a Golden Harvest Seed Corn dealer and Loraine Township Supervisor, and member of the Geneseo Country Club.

He enjoyed his antique tractors, golfing, traveling and all of his grandchildren's activities.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie; five children, Kevin and Jan Wirth, Downers Grove, Ill., Kathy and Rick Elliott, Monmouth, Karla and Kevin Paxton, Geneseo, Kurt and Deb Wirth, Erie, Krista and Marty Munson, Geneseo; 13 grandchildren, Jason and Kelsey Wirth, Kate, Emily, Peter and Jennifer Elliott, Nathan and Nolan Paxton, Amy, Ryan, and John Wirth, Dakin and Mariah Munson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roy Joe Wirth.

View a celebration of life video and share a message of sympathy with Jack's family at

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Evelyn Alter

Evelyn S. Alter, 90, of Davenport, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at the Kahl Home, Davenport.

Arrangements are pending at the Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport.

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Milo Fuhr

Milo L. Fuhr, 62, of Davenport, died March 2, 2008.

Cremation rites will be accorded. A graveside services is 10 a.m. Friday at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Please meet at 9:30 a.m. at Runge, Davenport, to proceed to the cemetery.

He was born Aug. 8, 1945.

Surviving are wife, Peggy, Davenport; children, Donald, Michael, Teresa Girot, Tracy, all Davenport; stepchildren, Melissa Chouinard, Massachusetts, Joseph Markham, Davenport; many grandchildren.

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Albert `Henry' Jones

Albert Jones, of Davenport, died March 1, 2008, at home.

Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Blue Grass Presbyterian. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Cunnick-Collins, Davenport. Burial is in Blue Grass Cemetery.

He married Gladys Zwicki; they divorced. He married Marjorie Barnes in 1968. She preceded him in death.

Surviving are children, Sara Carroll, Alan, both Iowa, Donna Alfaro, Michigan; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five siblings, including Daniel Jones, East Moline.

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Marty Neilson

Marty L. Neilson, 47, of Davenport, died March 3, 2008, at home.

Memorial graveside services and inurnment are 11 a.m. Friday at Davenport Memorial Park. A memorial visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries, Davenport.

He was born Nov. 11, 1960.

Surviving are companion, Shelley Babcock, Davenport; parents, Sandy and Lyle Mohr, Bettendorf; eight siblings including, Lori, Davenport, Carrie Delcourt, Rock Island, Randy, Bill, both Davenport.

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