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With Fond Memories - 2009
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September 11
Strawhacker,
Gary, brother-in-law of Debbie Williams Strawhacker.
DAVENPORT — Gary W. Strawhacker, 65, a resident of Davenport, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at the McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Chapel, Bettendorf. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport. Memorials may be made to the family.
Gary was born Dec. 19, 1943, in New Boston, Ill., the son of Clifford R. and Alwelda Lorraine (Fisher) Strawhacker. He was a graduate of Pleasant Valley High School, Pleasant Valley, Iowa, and was a member of the schools wrestling team. He was united in marriage to Gloria Simpson on March 7, 1964, in Kahoka, Mo.
He worked at the John Deere Company, in East Moline, for thirty-five years as a manager of the parts department.
He was a member of the old First Assembly of God Tabernacle, in Bettendorf.
Gary enjoyed going to the Village Inn for coffee, watching the Weather Channel, fishing, mushroom hunting and riding motorcycles. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Gloria; his daughters, Deborah (Daryl) Gonzales, Davenport, Jodi Strawhacker, Davenport, and Melissa (Sherman) Williams, Davenport; his son, Jeffrey (Amberly) Strawhacker, Davenport; his 15 grandchildren; his 15 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Ronald (Janet) Strawhacker, Pleasant Valley, Iowa, Richard Dick Strawhacker, Bettendorf, Everett (Debbie) Strawhacker, Davenport, and Terry Strawhacker, Bettendorf; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Kevin Strawhacker and his daughter, Michelle Baez.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting Gary’s obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.

Published by the Quad City Times

Gary Strawhacker
Gary Strawhacker

Debbie Williams Strawhacker
Sister-in-law Debbie Williams Strawhacker

August 3
Ament,
Ron Wayne, There will be no services or visitation for Ron Ament, 59, of Davenport. Ron passed away on Monday, August 3, 2009, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Cunnick-Collins Mortuary and Cremation Service in charge of arrangements.
Ron Wayne Ament was born on January 25, 1950, in Des Moines, the son of Albert and Mary (Mott) Ament. He worked as a crane operator for Sivyer Steel Corp. and the Rock Island Arsenal. He served in the U.S Air Force during the Vietman era.
He enjoyed fishing, N.A.S.C.A.R., watching the Chicago Bears, gambling boats, and being around people.
Survivors include his brother, Larry (Cyndee) Ament, of Mt. Vernon, Iowa; sister, Sandy (Bob) Southworth, of Davenport; special sister, Pat (Don) Dias, of Halfmoon Bay, Calif.; nieces, Krista (Michael) Dooley, of Marion, Iowa, and Kelly (Ben) Driscoll, of Arlington, Iowa; nephew, Jerry (Elke) Southworth, of Stanwood, Iowa; great nieces, Emily, Emma, and Hannah; and great nehpews, D.J., Gabrial, Drew, Aaron, Shane, Justin, Nick and Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Deb Neely.
Memorials may be made to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Judy Whitcomb, Bob Manley and Linda Warner for being there during Ron’s illness.
Published by the Quad City Times

Ron Ament
Ron Ament


June 13
Liddy,
Robert, Principal of WHS in 1968
MOLINE — Robert “Bob” Liddy, 86, of Moline, died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at OSF, Peoria, Ill., after a brief illness. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27. Bob’s family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the cathedral in the Great Hall. The family asks that in lieu of other gifts in Bob’s honor, memorials be made to Camp Courageous, P.O. Box 418, Monticello, IA 52310, or to a charity of your choice.
Bob was born in 1923 in Monticello, the son of John and Agnes Liddy. He married Jane Davenport on August 23, 1947.
After graduating from Monticello High as an outstanding athlete, he attended the University of Iowa where ultimately he attained a Master’s Degree. While at Iowa, Bob played football as a starting “watch-charm” guard in 1942, ’43 and ’46. “The Chicago Tribune” recognized him as the “Most Valuable to the Team.” The interim break was spent in the South Pacific as a Navy man.
His career in education spanned nearly 40 years as a teacher, coach and administrator, which all began at old Davenport High School in 1948 as a football line coach and biology teacher. Later he moved to Fairfield, Iowa, as a head football and basketball coach. Then on to Coe College and Kansas State as a line coach, returning to Davenport when West High opened in 1960. He served as head football coach until being named Principal in 1967 for 15 years. He rounded out his career as AD of the Davenport School District, retiring in 1986. "His deep faith, humility and smile was the man called Bob."
Bob is survived by his wife, Jane, children, Jalayne (Mrs. R. Kent Riewerts), Janifer (Mrs. Ronald Ruhl), and the Very Reverend Jeffrey Liddy, seven very loved grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.
Bob touched the lives of many and the hearts of more.Published by the Quad City Times

Robert Liddy
Robert Liddy


Robert Liddy Then|
Robert Liddy Then

June 14
Hamilton,
Robert, father of Deborah Hamilton Smith
DAVENPORT —Robert M. Hamilton, 91, of Davenport, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport. Services to celebrate his life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge, Davenport. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Mr. Hamilton was born in 1918 in Storm Lake, Iowa, to Arthur L. and Bertha B. Hamilton. He married Frances L. Hoover on August 30, 1941, in Kahoka, Missouri. During World War II, he served with the U. S. Air Force as a gunnery instructor. He was self-employed throughout his life, first selling dairy equipment until he retired from that in 1982, then selling real estate and retiring again in 1989. He was a member of Asbury Methodist Church, Bettendorf; a Mason with the Hamilton Lodge; and member of the High 12 Club. A lifetime Iowa Hawkeyes fan, he saw his first game in 1934.
Survivors include his wife, Frances; daughter, Debbie (Larry) Smith, of Davenport; sons, Mike (Ruth) Hamilton, of Altoona, Iowa, and Steve (Julie) Hamilton, of Bettendorf; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, William (Fran) Hamilton, of Las Vegas. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Max Hamilton.
Online condolences may be expressed to Mr. Hamilton’s family by visiting his obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.
Published by the Quad City Times

Robert Hamilton
Robert Hamilton


Deborah Hamilton In A Happier Time|
Daughter Deborah Hamilton Smith

Deborah Hamilton Smith|
Daughter Deborah Hamilton Smith

January 31
Ayers,
Paul Townsend, husband of Cindy Von Arb Ayers
VISTA, Calif. — Paul Townsend Ayers, 55, of Vista, California, died Saturday, January 31, 2009., in a motorcycle accident in Bonsall, Calif. Memorial services will be held at Green Oak Ranch in Vista, Calif., at 2 p.m. on February 7, 2009. Interment will be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, Calif., at a later date. Paul was born on July 25, 1953, in San Bernardino, Calif., the son of Gene and Lana (Berry) Ayers. He served in the Army Airborne from 1971 to 1974. Paul married Cindy Von Arb on December 8, 1973, in Rock Island, Ill. He was an avid motorcycle rider.
Paul is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cindy, his beloved dog, Coco, his dad, Gene, sisters, Gail, Dani, Charlene, and Denise, brothers, Sid and John, his father-in-law, Jack Von Arb, sister-in-law, Melissa Smith, brother-in-law, Dr. John Von Arb, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lana.
Published by the Quad City Times

Paul Ayers
Paul Ayers


Cynthia Von Arb Ayers Now|
Wife Cynthia Von Arb Ayers

Cynthia Von Arb|
Wife Cynthia Von Arb Ayers
 
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