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With Fond Memories - 2016
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October 26, 2016
Neal Hallowell, brother of classmate Lyle Hallowell

DAVENPORT — Funeral services to celebrate the life of Neal Hallowell will be 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in the All Faith Chapel of the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., Davenport. The family will greet friends prior to the service from 4-7 p.m. Burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the Salem East Cemetery in Salem, Iowa.

Neal passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, after a long struggle with cancer. He lived five months beyond the doctor’s prediction and gauged his care and energy with precision to be able to spend quality time with family and friends. He began nursing home and hospice care in August and was aided by many expert and compassionate caregivers at Clarissa Cook and Good Samaritan.

Neal A. Hallowell was born Oct. 10, 1952, in Davenport, a son of Dwight R. and Loretta M. (Mitchell) Hallowell.

Neal was a graduate of Davenport West High School class of 1970. He was self-employed for most of his life, becoming skilled at car restoration, especially antiques, with a fondness for 1957 Chevys. He loved the freedom of it, having more time to himself and to share with daughter, Shavell who often traveled with him to many states. More recently he has cherished the time he spent with her husband, Mark York, and his beloved grandchildren Brian, Alex, Samantha and Johnathan. He is also survived by Shavell’s mother, Susan Lewis; stepson, Steve Millage; siblings, Tighe (Denise) Hallowell, Lyle (Deborah) Hallowell, Eileen (Peter) Hallowell Grise’ and Lynn (Scott) Hallowell-Nyenhuis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an educational fund for Neal’s grandchildren in care of their mother, Shavell York.

When he wasn’t building cars or socializing with family and friends, he enjoyed playing harmonica and creating inspirational paintings and poems. He was strong in his Christian faith and studied the Bible and other religious writings regularly. He wanted to send friends and family a final message from Neal A Hallowell (Red Dog MBF): “Unthankfulness is a toxin. Thanksgiving is the antitoxin.”

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Neal’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

Neal Hallowell
Neal Hallowell

Lyle Hallowell
Brother, Lyle Hallowell 1968

Elizabeth Goodman 1968
Sister-in-law, Elizabeth Goodman 1968
 
October 25, 2016
Classmate Michael Zuber

ATALISSA, Iowa — Graveside services to celebrate the life of Michael W. Zuber, 66, a resident of Atalissa, will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at Davenport Memorial Park. The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., Davenport assisted his family with arrangements. Mike passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, at University Hospitals, Iowa City with family and friends by his side.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Michael Wayne Zuber was born Aug. 27, 1950, in Davenport, the son of Thomas W. and Beverly (Houseal) Zuber. Mike attended the University of Iowa, enjoyed playing his guitar, he was a skilled woodworker and an avid Cubs fan. He worked with his father as a carpenter and at Zuber Lumber, Blue Grass.

He is survived by his mother, Beverly Lobdell; siblings, the Rev. Kevin (Diane) Zuber, the Rev. Dennis (Sue) Zuber, Bethanee (Kirk) Lunday; step-mother, Mary (Elvidge) Norris Zuber; step-siblings, John (Linda) Norris and Bill (Donna) Norris; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many great friends.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Mike’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

Courtesy of the Quad city Times

Michael Zuber 1968
Michael Zuber
1968

 

October 20, 2016
Frances Hamilton, mother of classmate Debbie Hamilton-Smith

DAVENPORT — Frances L. Hamilton, 97, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park, Davenport. Services will be 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 24, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly and Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, Bettendorf or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Frances was born Nov. 14, 1918, in Washington, Iowa, to Charles and Frances (Thompson) Hoover. She married Robert Hamilton on Aug. 30, 1941 in Kahoka, Missouri. He preceded her in death in 2009. Frances was a homemaker, and in later years, worked for the Scott County treasurer. She also managed family-owned properties. She loved making quilts and crafting but above all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Frances and Robert loved to travel and spent 22 years in Mesa, Arizona, during the winter. She was a member of Newcomb Presbyterian Church, Davenport, and later became a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. She was a charter member of Sarah Circle of King’s Daughters.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah (Larry) Smith, of Davenport; sons, R. Michael (Ruth) Hamilton, of Altoona, Iowa and Steven (Julie) Hamilton, of  Bettendorf; 10 granddaughters, Tammy (Brad) Fulton, Lesley Lund, Sarah (Rob) Winsall, Allison (Jay) Rasmussen, Amanda (Kevin) Greer, Elizabeth (Jeremiah) Tanner, Molly (Ernie) Tsorvas, Stephanie (Brandon) Ross, Gretchen (Dan) Ludgate and Anne (Logan) Springer; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and sister, Charlotte Keyes.

Online condolences may be expressed to Frances’ family by visiting her obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.
Frances Hamilton
Frances Hamilton
Frances Hamilton
Frances Hamilton - age 25
Deborah Hamilton 1968
Daughter, Deborah Hamilton 1968
 

May 22, 2016
John Ludtke, father of classmate Jon Ludtke

DAVENPORT, IA. —John William Ludtke, 95, a resident of Davenport, died Sunday, May 22, 2016, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. A memorial visitation to celebrate John's life will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the American Legion Post #26, 702 W. 35th Street, Davenport. Honoring his wishes, the rite of cremation has been accorded. Burial will take place at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal, on Friday, June 17, 2016, at noon. Family and close friends are invited to attend the burial; please join the family at Halligan McCabe Devries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport, before 11:30 am, to go in procession to the National Cemetery.

John W. Ludtke was born August 9, 1920, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Christian W. and Josephine (Holvenstot) Ludtke. John graduated from Davenport High School in 1938, and attended St. Ambrose College before enlisting in the Navy in the fall of 1942, where he was assigned as a Navy Pilot. With WWII ongoing, he served as a fighter pilot providing defense for the West Coast. John was later transferred to Aerologist training school where he learned how to forecast weather conditions on the Pacific Ocean. He was assigned as the only Aerologist to serve on the USS Lenawee attack transport ship in the Pacific. The USS Lenawee was assigned to Iwo Jima, where John compiled weather information for the troop landing. The USS Lenawee was also one of the ships in Tokyo Bay for the signing of the Peace Treaty on Sept. 2, 1945. After the war, John was united in marriage to Lois Marie Fischer on Friday, May 13, 1949.

            As a young boy, John started his working career at the family business, Ludtke's Printery, in downtown Davenport. Before the War he was a driver for the white fleet of the Daily Times. After the war, he was a co-owner of Hilson's Bowling Alley and manager of the alley's bar, "The Cowpath". Then in 1953, using his printing knowledge, he went to work at the Rock Island Arsenal in the Printing and Reproduction Department, where he was promoted to Division Chief in 1975, until his retirement in 1986. After his retirement, he worked as a freelance printer for his good friend, Randy Ridgeway, at Commercial Printers. In 2013, John was accompanied by Randy on the Veteran Honor Flight. John retired from Commercial Printers in early 2014.

            John was a founding member of the Ki-Delta Club (a teen dance and activity club in the late 1930's), and the club’s local newspaper "The Tattler" (along with his sister Irene). He also competed in midget car racing.  Later, John and Lois owned and operated the Lucky "L" Pony Farm on Kimberly Road. He was one of the founding members of the Iowa-Illinois Pony Club in the early 1960's. John and Lois raised their four children on the farm and spent summers traveling around the United States to compete in pony shows. John enjoyed horses, airplanes, photography and baseball ("Go Cubs!"), and always had a dog by his side. The last few years, in his spare time, he wrote a memoir for his family and close friends about his war experiences and his time at the R. I. Arsenal.

            Those left to cherish his memories include his loving wife of 67 years, Lois; and their children, Jon Jr. (Michelle) Ludtke, Kim (Nancy) Ludtke, Jonee (Robin) Jones, Lois Jr. "Lolly" Ludtke (the late Joe Dooling); grandchildren Crystal (Joe), Nate, Jayme, Kristina (Aaron), Brandon and Lexy; 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Patricia Maule and Marjorie Niepert; and a brother-in-law, Robert (Helen) Fischer.

            John was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers: Willis, Willard and Woodrow, and a sister Irene Stroehle.

            His family would like to express their extreme gratitude to his caregivers from Comfort Keepers, especially Daria and Erika, and good friend Bonnie, as well as all the wonderful nurses and staff at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

Courtesy of Halligan-McCabe Funeral Home
John Ludtke
John Ludtke
Jon Ludtke Jr.
|Son, Jon Ludtke
1968
 
February 27, 2016
John Von Arb, father of classmate Cynthia Von Arb Ayers

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — John L. “Jack” Von Arb, 94, of Belleville, formerly of Davenport, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.

Visitation is noon Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, with services 2 p.m. at Runge Mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park.

Jack was born Aug. 27, 1921, in Seneca, Kan., the son of John Joseph and Viola May “Pansy” (Levick) Von Arb. He was united in marriage to Doris Ann Baehnk on Nov. 5, 1949, in Rock Island. She died March 26, 2002.

He was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 235.

Jack traveled all over the United States selling magazines as his first job. He served in the U.S. Navy as a storekeeper in World World II on the USS Rapidan. He had fond memories of traveling to Casablanca while in the Navy.

Upon discharge from the Navy, he worked for the Railway Express Company. He held many different jobs, including owning his own restaurant, Donut Depot, working for Standard Oil/Amoco and eventually owning his own dump truck service. His CB handle was the “Jack of Diamonds.” He retired in 1986. Jack was quite the jokester and loved playing gin and euchre. He was very generous and a jack-of-all-trades. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan his entire life.

Survivors include his daughter, Cindy Ayers, Davenport; son, John (Phyllis) Von Arb, Davenport; daughter, Melissa (Scott) Smith, Belleville, and grandchildren, Alexis (Juan) González, Hannah Geurink and Matthew Smith; daughter, Betty (Jim) Warner, Garden Grove, Calif., and grandchildren, James (Kim) Ross, Dawn Ross and Robbie (Gina) McKay, seven great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; daughter, Jackie Von Arb, Gulf Breeze, Fla., and grandchildren, Heather (Jay) Saunders, Heidi (Michael) Santiago, Jennifer (Bryan) Rickles and Jordy (Briana) Von Arb, and eight grandchildren; daughter, Sherrie Woods, Davenport, and grandchildren, Tremier (Lisa) Woods, Monique Woods, Natalie (Neal) Smith, Archie Woods, 12 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nadine Moore, Glenpool, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; infant daughter, Patricia; sisters, June and Nedra; and son-in-law, Paul Ayers.

Memorials can be made to the American Lung Association, Alzheimer’s Association or Memory Care Home Solutions. Online condolences may be left at www.rungemortuary.com.

Courtesy of the Quad City Times
Cynthia Von Arb Ayers
Cynthia Von Arb Ayers
John Von Arb
|John Von Arb
2016
 
May 22, 2016
John Ludtke, father of classmate Jon Ludtke

DAVENPORT — John William Ludtke, 95, of Davenport, died Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. A memorial visitation to celebrate John's life will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016, at American Legion Post 26, 702 W. 35th St., Davenport. Honoring his wishes, the rite of cremation has been accorded. Burial will take place at noon Friday, June 17, 2016, at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Family and close friends are invited to attend the burial; please join the family at Halligan-McCabe-Devries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., downtown Davenport, before 11:30 a.m. to go in procession to National Cemetery.

John W. Ludtke was born Aug. 9, 1920, in Davenport, the son of Christian W. and Josephine (Holvenstot) Ludtke. John graduated from Davenport High School in 1938, and attended St. Ambrose University before enlisting in the Navy in the fall of 1942, where he was assigned as a Navy pilot. During WWII, he served as a fighter pilot providing defense for the West Coast. John was later transferred to aerologist training school, where he learned how to forecast weather conditions on the Pacific Ocean. He was assigned as the only aerologist to serve on the USS Lenawee attack transport ship in the Pacific. The USS Lenawee was assigned to Iwo Jima, where John compiled weather information for the troop landing. The USS Lenawee was also one of the ships in Tokyo Bay for the signing of the peace treaty on Sept. 2, 1945.

After the war, John was united in marriage to Lois Marie Fischer on Friday, May 13, 1949.

As a young boy, John started his working career at the family business, Ludtke's Printery, in downtown Davenport. Before the war, he was a driver for the white fleet of the Daily Times. After the war, he was a co-owner of Hilson's Bowling Alley and manager of the alley's bar, The Cowpath. In 1953, using his printing knowledge, he went to work at the Rock Island Arsenal in the printing and reproduction department, where he was promoted to division chief in 1975 and retired in 1986. After his retirement, he worked as a freelance printer for his good friend, Randy Ridgeway, at Commercial Printers. In 2013, John was accompanied by Randy on Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities. John retired from Commercial Printers in early 2014.

John was a founding member of the Ki-Delta Club (a teen dance and activity club in the late 1930s), and the club’s local newspaper, The Tattler, (along with his sister Irene). He also competed in midget car racing. Later, John and Lois owned and operated the Lucky "L" Pony Farm on Kimberly Road. He was one of the founding members of the Iowa-Illinois Pony Club in the early 1960s.

John and Lois raised their four children on the farm and spent summers traveling around the United States to compete in pony shows. John enjoyed horses, airplanes, photography and baseball ("Go Cubs!"), and always had a dog by his side. The last few years, in his spare time, he wrote a memoir for his family and close friends about his war experiences and his time at the  Arsenal.

Those left to cherish his memories include Lois, his loving wife of 67 years, and their children, Jon Jr. (Michelle) Ludtke, Kim (Nancy) Ludtke, Jonee (Robin) Jones, Lois Jr. "Lolly" Ludtke (the late Joe Dooling); grandchildren Crystal (Joe), Nate, Jayme, Kristina (Aaron), Brandon and Lexy; five great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Maule and Marjorie Niepert; and a brother-in-law, Robert (Helen) Fischer.

John was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Willis, Willard and Woodrow, and a sister Irene Stroehle.

His family would like to express their extreme gratitude to his caregivers from Comfort Keepers, especially Daria and Erika, and good friend Bonnie, as well as all the wonderful nurses and staff at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

John Ludtke
John Ludtke
Jon Ludtke 1968
Jon Ludtke
1968
 
 
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