West High School - Davenport, Iowa
   
 
 
 

Class of 1968

With Fond Memories - 2007
Our prayers go out to these families.

December 25
Montague, Robert

Robert William "Buddy" Montague, 57, was born in Salzburg, Austria to a Czechoslovakian refugee, transported to the US, and adopted at the age of three, by Robert and Nellie Montague. He was their only child. He died on Christmas day, 2007. A memorial service will be held in May on his birthday. The Runge Mortuary and Crematory is assisting the family with final arrangements.
Buddy loved good people, good times and good food. He would drive 200 miles for a White Castle hamburger.
He was a loyal and devoted husband to Karen; and a proud and caring father to son Anthony, and daughters, Shannon and Mindy.
He was a star little league player as a boy, and a celebrated football center at West High. After that, he became an avid bowler, leading numerous leagues to championship. When arthritis prevented him from bowling, he took up casino games, primarily black jack and poker. With an amazing combination of luck and skill it seemed he always won, every time he placed a bet. Except this one last time. He bet he could wait until after Christmas to go to the clinic to have his heart checked. His loss will create a painful void in his family.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 1/13/2008.

Robert MOntague - December 25, 2007
Robert "Buddy" Montague - 1968

December 13
Borkgren, Roger

Roger W. Borkgren, 58, of Taylorsville, Utah, passed away Dec. 13, 2007. Born in Davenport, Iowa, March 27, 1949, Roger was the only son of Lloyd and Dorothy Borkgren. He lived in Davenport, Iowa, throughout his childhood. Roger later moved to Las Vegas, where he was employed for 18 years at the University Medical Center. It was there that he met and fell in love with Joan Horbelt. They were married July 27, 1998. Although he did not have any children of his own, Roger took Joan's children under his wing and raised them as if they were his. When he retired from UMC, he moved to Salt Lake City, to be closer to his stepchildren. He was employed there at Primary Children's Medical Center, and then at Cottonwood Hospital. It was there in Salt Lake City where Roger found his faith again, and he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The greatest joys in Roger's life were his family, his job, fishing, and horses. He always took great pride in everything he did. He was always quick with a joke, and his laughter will be missed by all who knew him. Roger was a generous, loving father, husband and friend. He loved people and they loved him back. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy; and his loving aunts, Gladys and Florence. Roger is survived by his wife, Joan; his stepchildren, Randall Bergstrom, Joe Rojas, Mack (Erin) Hullum, Julia (Anthony) Adams, Jean (Quentin) Headley and Leah Johnson; his father, Lloyd; his sisters, Sandra (Robert) Johnson, Donna (Steve) Engebretson and Carol Borkgren; three nieces and nephews; five grandnieces and grandnephews; his loving aunt, Marie; and nine grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S. Redwood Road in Taylorsville, Utah.
Las Vegas Review Journal

Roger Borkgren - March 27, 1949 - December 13, 2007
Roger Borkgren - 1968

October 10
Simmons, Lenvil C.
, father of Lee Simmons
Lenvil C. Simmons, 91, of Davenport passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2007, at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church Davenport, with visitation Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Runge Mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Lenvil was born September 14, 1916 in Raymondville, Mo., the son of James W. and Catherine (McCubbins) Simmons.
He was united in marriage to Lois I. Burmeister July 14, 1940, in Davenport.
Lenvil served in the United States Navy during World War II.
In Lenvil's high school days he played in three Iowa State Basketball tournaments and was named on the 1936 First All-State Team by IDPA and the Des Moines Register. He also enjoyed playing softball in the old Davenport Diamondball League and later in the National Softball League, Rock Island. He not only enjoyed playing sports but was also a registered official for high school and college football and basketball games.
Prior to his retirement Lenvil worked as an operating engineer at the Rock Island Arsenal for over 37 years.
He was former council member of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, Davenport, of which he has been a member since 1931, a member of Roosevelt Lodge #626, Mohassan Grotto, National Association of Federal Employees, American Association of Retired Persons and Ducks Unlimited.
Those left to honor his memory include his loving wife, Lois, Davenport; daughter, Ellen L. Simmons, Des Moines; son, Lee C. Simmons, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; granddaughters, Anne K. Discher, Minneapolis; Mallory L. Simmons, Rachel L. Simmons, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; and grandson, Christopher L. Simmons, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; great-grandsons, Anders David and Hans David, both of Minneapolis, Minn.; sister, L. Frances Huff, Davenport; several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Paul, Glynn, Dewey and J. Harold.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 10/11/2007.


Son Lee Simmons

September 27
Baker, Alvina I.
, mother of Gloria Baker Silvestro
Alvina I. Baker, 92, of Davenport, died Thursday, September 27, 2007, at Manor Care Nursing Home in Davenport. There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be private. Cunnick-Collins Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.
Alvina Isabell Mikelaitis was born July 8, 1915, in Sheboygan, Wis., the daughter of Albert and Anna (Janionis) Mikelaitis. She married Albert M. Baker July 25, 1939, in Sheboygan. He preceded her in death in July of 1982.
Mrs. Baker was a seamstress and supervised the sewing, bridal fitting, and alterations department at the former Peterson Harned Von Maur, retiring in 1979. She loved to sew and most especially spend time with her family.
Survivors include a daughter, Gloria (Mrs. Jay) Silvestro, of San Antonio, Texas; three sons, Anthony (Sue) Baker, of Punta Gorda, Fla., William (Linda) Baker, of Davenport, and Grant (Ellen) Baker, of Simi Valley, Calif.; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a very special and dear friend, Virginia Barber.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister, Ann.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesis VNA Hospice.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 9/30/2007.

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Daughter Gloria Baker Silvestro

September 26
Viviani, Glenn
, father of Deborah Viviani Dockum
Glenn T. Viviani, 76, of Davenport, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2007, at his home. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:30 a.m. in The Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 until 5 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Children's Cancer Society and Handicapped Development Center.
Glenn was born September 20, 1931, in Davenport, the son of Antone and Dorothy (Nesham) Viviani. He was united in marriage to Wilma Bankson and later married Ardis (Holdt) Lange July 31, 1965, in Davenport.
He was a complex operator at Alcoa for 37 years, retiring in 1990.
Glenn enjoyed bowling on mixed bowling leagues with his wife, Ardis for many years. He loved traveling and camping in the family RV. He was a big fan of the Cubs and Hawkeyes!
Glenn was very devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Those left to honor his memory include his loving wife of 42 years, Ardis, Davenport, children Debbie (Nick) Dockum, Sugarland, Texas, Gwen (Ron) Smith, Davenport, Vicki (Randy) Stoebner, Davenport, Lisa (Bill) McKirgan, Cedar Rapids, Lori (Hal) Winckler, North Liberty, Greg Viviani, Davenport; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and a loving sister-in-law, Betty Lange.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 11 brothers and sisters and a granddaughter, Elizabeth.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 9/28/2007.


Daughter Deborah Viviani Dockum

September 7
Toth, Stephen
, father of Stephen Toth, Jr.
Stephen Toth, passed away at his home September 7, 2007, called to peace and rest in the loving arms of God after several months of illness. Born July 24, 1923, of Adam and Mary Toth in Chicago, Ill., Stephen joined the armed forces in 1942 and saw extensive duty in both the European and Asian theaters of World War II. On March 22, 1949, he married Elizabeth Kreydich and moved to a 120 acre farm near Bemidji, Minn. They enjoyed each other, happily building a home, living off the land and adding to their family. In 1952, they moved to Davenport, where Stephen apprenticed as a tool and dye maker at Bendix Corporation. In 1985, Stephen became employed by the Kartridg Pak Company, where he worked as a manufacturing engineer before retiring in 1987. Stephen exercised his creativity and engineering skills by refurbishing cars, fishing, home improvement projects, photography, metal detecting and wood sculpting. He was active in church and youth programs. In later years, Stephen found pleasure in helping his neighbors, amateur radio and listening to music of all kinds, but most especially old-time gospel. Surviving are his wife Elizabeth, son Stephen Jr. and his wife Sheila, Crescent City, Calif., and daughter Joye Chizek and husband Gordon, Sherrard, Ill. Visitation will be held at Runge Mortuary, 838 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with services to follow at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Don Burket will officiate. The family requests no flowers. Memorials can be made to Faith United Methodist Church, 3322 W. Lombard St., Davenport. Thank you, Jesus.


Son Stephen Toth, Jr.

September 6
Werner, Ernst
, fatther of Mary Werner Spurlock.
Ernst E. Werner, Sr., 87, of Davenport, died Thursday, September 6, 2007, at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Runge Mortuary. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Davenport. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Ernst was born March 6, 1920, in Davenport, the son of Rudolf and Johanna (Ruhde) Werner. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1938. He was united in marriage to Mary Hahn on June 17, 1944, in in Davenport; she preceded him in death on June 18, 2000.
Ernst was employed at the Rock Island Arsenal for 40 years as a precision grinder. He was a member of the Rock Island Family Camper's Club and the Rock Island Arsenal Mixed Bowling League.
Those left to honor his memory include children and spouses: Mary and Jack Spurlock, San Marcos, Texas, Ernst Jr. and Jackie Werner, Moline, Lenora "Lee" and William "Bill" Lange, Davenport, daughter in law, Martina Werner, Wis., six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His parents, son Rudolf, a brother and a sister preceded him in death.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 9/9/2007.

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Daughter Mary Werner Spurlock

August 24
Frank, Lorene
, mother of Linda Frank.
Lorene Frank died August 24, 2007, after a brief illness. She was born July 12, 1918, in Iowa. She married George (Bud) Frank on April 29, 1949. She raised four daughters and moved to California in 1974.
Lorene Frank is survived by her daughters Raelene Bloominger, Davenport, Linda Cordell, Elko, Nev., and Pam Morgan, Canyon County, Calif., seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and daughter Phyllis Brown.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 8/28/2007.


Daughter Linda Frank

June 5
Jones, Marjorie
, mother-in-law of Debbie Hamilton.
Marjorie Veneta Jones 76, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz., after an extended illness. She was cremated at Mountain View Mortuary, Mesa, Ariz. A private memorial for her family will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association.
Marge was born August 30, 1930, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Edward and Savannah (Allen) Cates. She attended Davenport schools, and known as Margie Warren. She married Clarence Smith in 1946, then later married Harold Mathias in 1956. During the 1960s, she worked for The Italian Village and The Golden Lion. She also was a hair dresser and worked for the Davenport Barber College. In 1971 she moved to Apache Jct., Ariz., where she owned and operated Marge's Ceramics with husband, Jeff Jones. She later retired from Motorola. In January 2007 she moved to Phoenix to live with her son and his family. Marge was a wonderful daughter, mother, and friend. She enjoyed boating and camping at the lakes. She loved the cactus and the mountains. She also enjoyed making crafts.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Tom Smith, Davenport, Iowa, Larry (Debbie) Smith, Davenport, Iowa, Marianne (Jim) Brundies, Davenport, Iowa, Harold (Jean) Mathias, Phoenix, Ariz., Kenny (Kelli) Mathias, Davenport, Iowa, and Leslie Blackwell, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, three step-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren, her mother, Savannah Warren, Preemption, Ill.; her brother, Rev. Larry (Jackie) Warren, Washington, Ind.; and three aunts, two uncles, five nieces, one nephew, and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, a daughter, Marcy (Smith) Fuller, her stepfather, Thomas Burrel Warren, her brother, Ronald Warren, and a great-grandson, Jasper Mathias.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 7/1/2007.


Daughter-in-law Debbie Hamilton Smith

 

June 27
Jones, Marjorie
, mother-in-law of Debbie Hamilton.
We regret to announce the loss of a very special and loved man. Daniel C. Vance (Danny Salas), of Davenport, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center-East Campus. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 2, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Davenport with military honors provided by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #299.
Dan was born on November 8, 1946, in Davenport, a son of Manuel and Beatrice (Ruiz) Salas. He was raised in Davenport and was known by many as Danny Salas.
Daniel found out at an early age that he had a love of music and a talent for singing. He had many wonderful childhood memories of singing in school and in his band, Danny and the Rebels.
He graduated from Davenport West High School in 1965. During that time his speech and debate teacher, John W. Goudy, influenced him. Mr. Goudy helped spark a new interest of public speaking in Dan that stayed with him throughout his lifetime.
After high school Dan joined the Army and bravely served our country in the Vietnam War, receiving honorable recognition for the contributions and sacrifices he made for his country. Even at such a young age, Dan was proving to himself and others how much he cared about his country and the people living in it.
Following the war, he returned to Davenport and decided to combine his love of music and public speaking by becoming a DJ at KSTT, one of the most popular local radio stations during the 70s.
High School debate class was not the only influence in Dan's life. On August 1, 1976, he married Paula Goudy, his debate teacher's daughter, in Waverly, Ill. Dan is quoted as saying, "John Goudy has given me one of the best things in my life, his daughter."
Dan will be remembered as being very active in the lives of his children, as a soccer and baseball coach, as well as attending many dance recitals.
He was also an important member of the Davenport Dad's Club.
As the grandfather of six energetic grandchildren, three girls and three boys, Dan continued to play an important role in their lives. He was lovingly nicknamed "Petie" by his oldest grandchild, Ashley, and the name seems to have stuck with most of the family. "Petie" enjoyed taking his grandchildren to and from school daily. It was their special time together.
Not only was family very important to Dan, but people, community and politics were very important to Dan as well. In 1993 Dan was elected 3rd Ward Alderman and served the city of Davenport for eight years.
After leaving office, Dan continued to be actively involved in the community. He became a member of the Moose Club and enjoyed meeting new people and finding ways to help the people of Davenport.
It was his belief and saying that, "It's not about the politics, it's about the people."
Dan's most recent career venture was organizing and developing his newspaper, The Best Years. He was not just the owner and publisher but he also wrote many articles. Dan had many loyal readers and loved receiving letters from those who enjoyed his paper. The family plans to continue publishing in honor of their father.
Whatever name you remember him by: Daniel C. Vance, Danny Salas, Chewey, or Petie. Dan was a very loving person who was respected and who influenced many.
Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established in his name.
Those left to honor his memory include Paula Vance; daughters, Wendy, Melissa, and Jasmine; son, Anthony "Tony" Vance; grandchildren, Ashley, Alyssa, Callie, Ricky, Anthony Jr., and Mason; sister, Dolores Salas; brother, Rick Salas; and several nieces and nephews.
Additional family members include Jo Goudy, Tracy Goudy, Orion John, and Odessa Jo. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Manuel Salas, Jr. The family would like to thank friends and the community for all of their love and support. It filled our hearts with joy on such a sad occasion to know that so many people had been touched by Dan in such a positive way and were sending their prayers to us. He will be in our hearts forever.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Dan's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.


Sister-in-law Tracy Goudy

 

June 27
Vance, Dan
, brother-in-law of Tracy Goudy and a 1965 WHS graduate.
We regret to announce the loss of a very special and loved man. Daniel C. Vance (Danny Salas), of Davenport, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center-East Campus. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 2, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Davenport with military honors provided by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #299.
Dan was born on November 8, 1946, in Davenport, a son of Manuel and Beatrice (Ruiz) Salas. He was raised in Davenport and was known by many as Danny Salas.
Daniel found out at an early age that he had a love of music and a talent for singing. He had many wonderful childhood memories of singing in school and in his band, Danny and the Rebels.
He graduated from Davenport West High School in 1965. During that time his speech and debate teacher, John W. Goudy, influenced him. Mr. Goudy helped spark a new interest of public speaking in Dan that stayed with him throughout his lifetime.
After high school Dan joined the Army and bravely served our country in the Vietnam War, receiving honorable recognition for the contributions and sacrifices he made for his country. Even at such a young age, Dan was proving to himself and others how much he cared about his country and the people living in it.
Following the war, he returned to Davenport and decided to combine his love of music and public speaking by becoming a DJ at KSTT, one of the most popular local radio stations during the 70s.
High School debate class was not the only influence in Dan's life. On August 1, 1976, he married Paula Goudy, his debate teacher's daughter, in Waverly, Ill. Dan is quoted as saying, "John Goudy has given me one of the best things in my life, his daughter."
Dan will be remembered as being very active in the lives of his children, as a soccer and baseball coach, as well as attending many dance recitals.
He was also an important member of the Davenport Dad's Club.
As the grandfather of six energetic grandchildren, three girls and three boys, Dan continued to play an important role in their lives. He was lovingly nicknamed "Petie" by his oldest grandchild, Ashley, and the name seems to have stuck with most of the family. "Petie" enjoyed taking his grandchildren to and from school daily. It was their special time together.
Not only was family very important to Dan, but people, community and politics were very important to Dan as well. In 1993 Dan was elected 3rd Ward Alderman and served the city of Davenport for eight years.
After leaving office, Dan continued to be actively involved in the community. He became a member of the Moose Club and enjoyed meeting new people and finding ways to help the people of Davenport.
It was his belief and saying that, "It's not about the politics, it's about the people."
Dan's most recent career venture was organizing and developing his newspaper, The Best Years. He was not just the owner and publisher but he also wrote many articles. Dan had many loyal readers and loved receiving letters from those who enjoyed his paper. The family plans to continue publishing in honor of their father.
Whatever name you remember him by: Daniel C. Vance, Danny Salas, Chewey, or Petie. Dan was a very loving person who was respected and who influenced many.
Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established in his name.
Those left to honor his memory include Paula Vance; daughters, Wendy, Melissa, and Jasmine; son, Anthony "Tony" Vance; grandchildren, Ashley, Alyssa, Callie, Ricky, Anthony Jr., and Mason; sister, Dolores Salas; brother, Rick Salas; and several nieces and nephews.
Additional family members include Jo Goudy, Tracy Goudy, Orion John, and Odessa Jo. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Manuel Salas, Jr. The family would like to thank friends and the community for all of their love and support. It filled our hearts with joy on such a sad occasion to know that so many people had been touched by Dan in such a positive way and were sending their prayers to us. He will be in our hearts forever.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Dan's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.


Sister-in-law Tracy Goudy

 

June 14
Webster, Patricia
, sister of Greg Ashby.
Patricia Ann (Ashby) Webster, 60, formerly of Davenport, Iowa, died Thursday, June 14, 2007, at her home in North Carolina. At Patti's request, her body has been cremated. A celebration of life service will be held in Leland, N.C. Private inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Patti was born March 27, 1947, in Rock Island, Ill., the daughter of Ernest and Dorothy Ashby. She moved to North Carolina in 1985, and later met and married Vernon Webster of Greensboro, N.C. In 1996 she gave up her job as a computer programmer to help provide daycare for her grandson, who has been the joy of her life.
Survivors include her husband, Vernon, one daughter, Deanna (Ed) Cochran, and a grandson, Adam Cochran, all of Leland, N.C.; her parents, Ernest and Dorothy Ashby, Davenport; three brothers, Greg Ashby (Linda), Bettendorf, Larry Ashby, of Oregon, and David (Marsha) Ashby, Davenport; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
She is preceded in death by one brother, Kevin Ashby.
Published in the Quad-City Times.


Brother
Greg Ashby

June 17
Beert, Barbara
, mother of Deborah Beert.
Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Barbara L. Beert, 76, a resident of Davenport, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will take place at Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation will be today from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, the family invites you to join them for a prayer service at 4 p.m. Mrs. Beert died Sunday, June 17, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus.
Barbara Lillian Siefers was born June 5, 1931, in Davenport, the daughter of Emil and Nellie (Berry) Siefers. She graduated from Davenport High School in 1950 where she met the love of her life, Richard W. Beert, whom she cheered for on the football team. They were united in marriage on June 30, 1950, in Davenport, and enjoyed almost 57 years of marriage together.
She was employed by Oscar Mayer for 30 years. Barbara loved to spend her free time golfing and was a member of the Eldridge Golf League. She also loved to gamble on the riverboats, and was an avid Hawkeyes fan. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the local Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union.
Memorials can be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.
Barbara is survived by her loving husband, Richard, Davenport; daughters, Deborah (Joe) Baptist, Ocala, Fla., and Lynette (Jim) Ohlensehlen, Davenport; sons, Stephen (Cinda) Beert, Blue Grass, and Terry (Tina) Beert, and Craig Beert, both of Davenport; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her four sisters and four brothers. May they rest in peace. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Barbara's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Quad-City Times.


Daughter
Deborah Beert

June 7
Beamer, William
, father Susan A. Beamer.
William Beamer, of Davenport, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Runge Mortuary. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church. William was born October 29, 1924, in Davenport, the son of William Sr. and Harriet (Petersen) Beamer. He was united in marriage to Arloene K. Sinclair on April 1, 1947. He volunteered for and proudly served in the Marines during World War II to help defend his country. He was a tank gunner and participated in many difficult campaigns in the Marianas chain of islands as well as the occupation of Japan. He was a member of Davenport American Legion Post 26, 3rd Armored Amphibian Battalion, and 1st Marine Division, USMC. He served as an apprentice and received his journeyman's card as a “Sheet Metal Model Maker“. He worked at J.I. Case Co. for 38 years, retiring in 1983, 24 years ago. He loved his work, but felt it was a time to enjoy a different chapter in his life. He was baptized and confirmed, and was a long time member of St. Mark Lutheran Church. Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Arloene, Davenport, children, Thomas C. (Gail) Beamer, Washington, Ill., Susan A. Beamer, Jerry S. Beamer, James R. Beamer, Barbara (David) Else and Daniel H. (Gayle) Beamer, all of Davenport; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Raymond, Coleman, Vernon and Harry, sisters, Margaret, Pauline and Violet. May they rest in peace.
Published in the Quad-City Times.

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Daughter
Susan Beamer

May 31
Heidgerken, Olive
, mother of Tedi Heidgerken.
Funeral Services for Olive "Ollie" L. Heidgerken, 77, a resident of Blue Grass, Iowa, will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2007, in the All Faith Chapel at the Halligan McCabe De Vries Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home where the family invites you to join them in a rosary service at 5:30 p.m. Olive died Thursday, May 31, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus after a brief illness.
Olive L. Reck was born May 20, 1930, in Bettendorf, the daughter of Joseph and Gladys (Prose) Reck. She was untied in marriage to Theodore "Ted" Heidgerken on August 21, 1948, in Davenport.
Olive owned Ollie's Ceramics in Blue Grass, Iowa for over 27 years. She was a loving and caring grandmother and great-grandmother to her 20 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Olive loved the outdoors, especially hunting, camping, and swimming.
Memorials may be made to American Lung Association or Covenant House, New York.
Survivors include her husband, Ted, of Blue Grass; daughters, Tedi Heidgerken, of Australia, and Kitty (Loren) Stender, Eldridge; sons, Christopher (Bev) Heidgerken, Davenport, Michael (Suzanne) Heidgerken, North Liberty, Iowa, Bernie (Deb) Heidgerken, Long Grove, and Albert Heidgerken, Davenport; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Mardelle (Cal) Kitzman; and brothers, Bill (Mary Lou) Reck, Prescott, Ariz., and Jerry (Sarah) Reck, San Diego, Calif.
Olive was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Ellen Karns.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Olive's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 6/2/2007.


Daughter
Tedi Heidgerken

May 21
Vandeventer, Lloyd
, father of Peter Vandeventer.
Lloyd Vandeventer, 88, of Davenport, passed away Monday, May 21, 2007, at Genesis West Medical Center. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Runge Mortuary & Crematory. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to Genesis Medical Center Dialysis Unit.
Lloyd was born December 27, 1918, in Appanoose County, Iowa, the son of Peter and Ethel (Purdum) VanDeventer. He was united in marriage to Cora Farley on January 31, 1944, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She preceded him in death on June 5, 2005.
Lloyd joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served until his retirement in 1962. After leaving the military he attended the former State College (now UNI) in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and earned his teacher's degree. He then went on to Truman University in Kirksville, Mo., and obtained his master's degree.
Upon completing his education he came to Davenport and taught at Smart Junior High for 20 years as an Industrial Arts teacher.
Lloyd was a member of the American Legion Post #26 and Davenport Retired Teachers Association. One of his favorite activities was traveling with his brother and sister-in-law, LaZell and Maxine.
Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Britch, and her husband, Wallace, Bettendorf, and Linda Vandeventer, Davenport; son, Peter Vandeventer, and his wife, Sheryl, Minneapolis, Minn.; brother, LaZell Van Deventer and his wife, Maxine, Mason City, Iowa; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 5/22/2007.


Son Peter Vendeventer

May 13
Speth, Thelma L.
, mother of Ruth Speth Roman.
Funeral services for Thelma L. Speth, of Davenport, will be 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2007, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Davenport. Burial will follow at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary in Davenport. Mrs. Speth died on Sunday, May 13, 2007, at her home in Davenport. Thelma Louise Sandow was born June 4, 1921, to Alexander W. and Pearl F. (Junker) Sandow in Sioux City, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sioux City. She married Harold W. Speth on March 14, 1944, also at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Mrs Speth was a 1939 graduate of Sioux City Central High School and went on to graduate from Midwest College of Commerce in Sioux City. In her earlier years she worked as a bookkeeper at Young's Dairy. She was active in Luther League and the USO during World War II. After moving to Davenport in 1943, she joined St. Mark Lutheran Church (a member for 64 years) where she was active with the women's Peace Circle, King's Daughters, and taught Bible School and Sunday School. She served many years as Secretary of Social Ministry. She co-owned Kopy-Right Printing for 27 years, was a member of B.P.W., Davenport Eagles Lodge #235 and R.E.A.C. Survivors include two sons, Dan (Trish) Speth, of Davenport, and Dick (Mary) Speth, of Sparta, Wis.; a sister, Norma (Don) McMaster, of Edina, Minn.; five grandchildren, Sean and Todd Roman and Alex, Katianne and John Speth; two step-grandchildren, Brandon and Addison; and two great-grandchildren, Rachel and Zachary Roman. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth C. (Speth) Roman. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, the Handicapped Development Center, or Genesis VNA Hospice Association.
Published in the Quad-City Times


Daughter Ruth Speth Roman
7/10/1950-8/23/1977

April 18
Bates, Florence
, mother of John Bates.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2007 from 4-7 P.M. at Newcomb Presbyterian Church, Davenport, IA. Additional visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at Newcomb Presbyterian Church, Davenport, IA Services will be held on Monday, April 23, 2007, at 11:30 A.M. at the Newcomb Presbyterian Church, Davenport, IA. The officiant will be Rev. Dr. Richard A. King. Musical selections will be provided by organist Charla Waite and piper Matthew Beattie. Serving as pallbearers will be Florences grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Florences granddaughters. Interment will take place at the Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton, IA, with Military Honors provide by the Davenport American Legion Post 26. Memorial donations may be made to the Newcomb Presbyterian Church in her memory.

Florence Norton Bates, age 86, of Davenport , died on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at her home in Davenport, IA. Florence Norton Bates was born November 14, 1920 to Charles and Ruby (Whitmer) Norton in Davenport, IA. She married Leslie W. Bates on December 28, 1945 in Davenport, IA. He preceded her in death on November 15, 1988. She graduated from Wilton High School in 1937, from the Iowa Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, IA and Marycrest College, Davenport, IA. She proudly served her country in the United States Navy during WWII. Florence taught in rural schools, the Wilton Community Schools and for 30 years at the Davenport Community Schools retiring in 1984. Florence was a member of Newcomb Presbyterian Church, Davenport, IA where she served as an Elder. She was a member of the Davenport American Legion Post #26, the Iowa State Teacher's Association, the Davenport Retired Teacher's Association and was a 50 year member of the Purity Chapter of Order of Eastern Star. Florence enjoyed being active in her Church. Above all she loved her family and cherished her time with them. She loved to travel and in August of 2006 she took her entire family to Scotland.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by her daughter Carol and her husband Kevin Kelly of Davenport, IA, her sons: Dennis L. and his wife Jane Bates of Blue Grass, IA and Rev. John N. and his wife Nina Bates of Rudd, IA, 11 grandchildren: Emily and George Allen of Charlotte, NC, Elizabeth Bates of Davenport, IA, Matthew Bates of Clear Lake, IA, Allison Bates of Rudd, IA, Casey Kelly of Davenport, IA, Caryn Kelly of Tuscon, AZ, Cathy and Jon Handrick of Lake City, FL, Kyle Kelly of Davenport, IA, Christina Kelly of Davenport, IA, Kraig Kelly of Davenport, IA and Carolyn Kelly of Davenport, IA. She is also survived by 3 sisters: Lucille Yedlik of Vinton, IA, Alice Mealy of Mason City, IA and Miriam and her husband Dr. Robert Baumann of Grinnel, IA, 2 brothers William and his wife Judy Norton of Lowden, IA and Harold and his wife Brenda Norton of Apple Valley, CA, her sister-in-law Maxine Norton of Muscatine, IA and her brothers-in-law: Everett and his wife Evelyn Bates of Sun City, AZ and Kenneth Bates of Huntsville, AL and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother Wesley Norton.


Son John Bates

April 10
Hinckley, Betty
, mother of John Hinckley.
Betty Lee Hinckley, 79, of Henderson, Nev., died 6 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at her home.
Mrs. Hinckley was born Sept. 24, 1927, in Davenport, Iowa, to Lee and Gertrude (Larsen) Viers. She graduated from Davenport High School in 1945 and later St. Luke's Hospital Nursing School, Davenport. She married Durward Hinckley on May 28, 1948, in Davenport. He survives.
She worked as a nurse, administrative assistant and elementary school playground and teacher assistant while living in Iowa.
She attended Green Valley United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Henderson; was formerly active with several organizations in both Iowa and Nevada, including a member of Business and Professional Women; and was a homemaker and loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include one sister, Mary Lou (Dr. Don) Broman, of Linn, Mo.; two daughters, Mary Beth (Gary) Owens, of Henderson, and Paula Jo (Keith) Lane, of Henderson; two sons, John Hinckley, of Henderson and Rob "Lee" Hinckley, of Ladoga, Ind.; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Palm Mortuary, 800 South Boulder Hwy., Henderson, with the Rev. Don Pieper officiating. Graveside services and burial will follow at the Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City. Friends and family may call 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Carmen Hinckley Benefit Fund, c/o Farmers State Bank, 123 East Main St., Ladoga, IN 47954.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 4/14/2007.


Son John Hinckley

March 31
Beck, Betty
, mother of our late classmate Doug Beck.
Betty J. Beck, 82, of Davenport, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Scott County Humane Society or the Kaaba Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund.
Betty was born April 15, 1924, in Muscatine. She married Charles Beck. Betty was a member of Mohassan Caldron where she was active with the Caldron Clown Unit.
Survivors are her husband, Charlie; a son, Dr. Ronald (Judy) Beck, of Clinton Township, Mich; a daughter, Jannette (Dr. Thomas) Hower, of Greensburg, Pa.; a daughter in law, Debbie Beck, of Davenport; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Douglas, and two infant children, Roger and Elizabeth.
You may visit WWW.HEESCHFUNERALHOME.COM to view the complete obituary and also send condolence to the family.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 4/2/2007.


Son Douglas Beck
11/19/1949-2/16/2004

March 31
Delong, Neoma "Bonnie"
, mother of Connie DeLong Dunn.
Funeral services for Neoma "Bonnie" DeLong, 78, of Davenport, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport. Family will greet friends Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mortuary. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Bonnie died on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Neoma Nelson was born on March 26, 1929. in Springfield, MO., the daughter of Lester and Leona (Darnell) Nelson. She married Robert Elmer DeLong on June 20, 1947, in Davenport, he preceded her in death on June 30, 2004.
Bonnie worked at West High School for many years in the cafeteria, she then worked at West Fair Laundry doing dry cleaning, retiring in 1992. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, listening to the police scanner and watching the weather channel, she also enjoyed her dog, "Mollie".
Survivors include her daughter, Connie Dunn and her husband, Brian, of Davenport; son, John DeLong and his wife, Patricia, of Rock Island; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gary Nelson, of Gatlinburg, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, Robert and grandson, Christopher.
Memorials may be made to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 4/2/2007.


Connie Delong Dunn

March 1
Hebbel, Alan, father of Greg Hebbel.
Allen H. Hebbel, 91, a resident of Davenport, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of passing following an extended illness and courageous battle.
Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be today from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home. You are invited to join the family for a prayer service scheduled for 4 p.m. today to begin the visitation.
Allen Henry Hebbel was born June 25, 1915, in Davenport, a son of Raymond and Mamie (Hagemann) Hebbel. He was united in marriage to Alice J. Jones on September 21, 1946, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Together they had been blessed with over 60 years of marriage. Al retired in 1973 after 31 years of federal service for the U.S. Postal Service. He had been a Letter Carrier stationed at the downtown Main Post Office.
His memberships include the church, a Life Member of the Knights of Columbus, 532, and of the National Association of Letter Carriers, 25+ year member of the Elks, and a 60+ year member of NARFE.
Al was a wonderful father and husband, he was a wonderful example to others, he never met a stranger and always looked out for children, the elderly, and those less fortunate. He also had great faith in his religion. His greatest joy in life was his family, he adored his wife, children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his many friends.
He enjoyed reading, feeding the birds, hunting, fishing, camping, and tending his gardens, both his beautiful roses and his vegetable garden, including his legendary tomato plants.
Memorials can be made to the Allen H. Hebbel Memorial Fund for a future memorial to be established in his name.
Survivors include his loving wife, Alice; sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Nancie Hebbel, Davenport, Greg and Karen Hebbel, Longmont, Colorado, and Scott and Melinda Hebbel, Bloomington, Illinois; three grandchildren, Jodi (Nate) Judkins, Matthew Hebbel, and Adam Hebbel; a sister, Lois Pritchard, Davenport; sisters-in-law, June Hebbel and Christa Hebbel, both of Davenport; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, his two brothers, Robert and Donald, also preceded him in death.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Allen's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 3/2/2007.


Son Greg Hebbel

February 13
Lingard, Eveline E. "Sis"
, mother-in-law of Harold "Butch" Stanger..
Eveline E. "Sis" Lingard, 95, of Davenport,
passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 16, 2007, 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Thursday 4-7 p.m. at The Runge Mortuary and Crematory. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.
Eveline was born in Davenport on August 26, 1911, the daughter of Michael J. and Emma (Schoel) Henning. She was united in marriage to Harry H. Lingard on January 29, 1938, in Davenport. He preceded her in death November 22, 1980.
Prior to her retirement she was a seamstress at Richter Furriers for 10 years, retiring in 1938, to be a homemaker. She was a life long member of Zion Lutheran Church. Eveline enjoyed boating and fishing She loved to play cards with her family.
Those left to honor her memory include daughter and son-in-law, Delores and Miles Smith, Davenport; son-in-law, Harold "Butch" Stanger ; grandchildren, Miles "Butch" Smith, and his wife, Terri, Blue Grass; Sandy Mizeur, and her husband, Michael, Moline; Karen Stanger, Thomasville, N.C.; Debra Knudsen, Bloomington, Ill.; Connie Tarchinski, and her husband, Tony, DeWitt; and six great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Dorothy L. Stanger, in 1991, an infant son, and four brothers.
Published in the Quad-City Times on Valentine's Day 2/14/2007.

February 7
Elliott, Dale
, father of Lynn Elliott.
Dale I. Elliott, 83, a resident of Davenport, died peacefully Wednesday, February 7, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, after an extended illness.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2007, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, All Faith Chapel. Burial will be in the National Cemetery Rock Island Arsenal. American Legion Post 26 will conduct military graveside rites. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 until 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Grace Methodist Church, Davenport.
Dale Iverson Elliott was born April 19, 1923, in Davenport, a son of Gerald and Agnes (Ross) Elliott. He was united in marriage to Thelma E. Amlong on October 20, 1942. He was proud to have served our country during World War II and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a Master Sergeant with Company E, the 148th Infantry in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Dale was awarded the Medal of Honor, Bronze Star, Distinguished Unit Badge and the Bronze Service Arrowhead.
Mr. Elliott retired in 1985 after a 40-year career as an electrician with Miller Electric Co. His memberships include the Grace Methodist Church, American Legion Post #26, IBEW and the 37th Division Veterans. He was a talented inventor and enjoyed playing golf, cards and fishing, but his greatest joy in life came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 64 years, Thelma, Davenport; their children and their spouses, Ron and Nan Elliott, Blue Grass, Kay and Phil Pash, Des Moines, and Lynn and Mike Kane, Thousand Oaks, California; five grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
His parents, sisters, Ethel Little and Ruth Decker, and a brother, Garth, preceded him in death. May they rest in peace.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Mr. Elliott's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 2/9/2007.


Daughter Lynn Elliott Kane

January 9
Tunnicliff, Graham

Services for Graham E. Tunnicliff, 57, Davenport, are 11:30 a.m. Monday at Cunnick-Collins, Davenport. Mr. Tunnicliff died Jan. 9, 2007. He was a 1968 graduate of Davenport West High School and enjoyed numerous activities, including playing the guitar and creative writing, especially poetry. Graham is survived by cousins. His parents, Robert and Ethel (Golderman) Tunnicliff, preceded him in death.
Published in the Quad-City Times on 1/19/2007.

Note from cousin, Scott Tunnicliff:

Beth - Thanks for the information on Graham "Butch" Tunnicliff which you'd gleaned and scanned from the West high Yearbook. This is a very thoughtful service to provide a bereaved family.

Butch didn't have any immediate family, so I was charged with making a lot of the funeral arrangements. Although he and I were closely related (our fathers were brothers) and we grew up in the same city, we didn't see much of one another; really only becoming acquainted during the past few years.

He was an intelligent, creative and fiercely independent fellow, who lived his life as a free spirit. Your message helped us get to know a little bit more about this very good-hearted cousin of ours.

Thanks again,

Scott Tunnicliff

 
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