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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


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
March 15, 2016
Eileen Schwager, mother of classmate Bill Schwager

Funeral mass was held at noon Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Viewing will be 1 hour prior to services. Graveside service followed at Soldotna Cemetery. Reception followed at Bill's home.

Eileen was born April 30, 1920 in Arthur, Wisconsin to William and Henrietta Lyden. She and her sisters (Ann and Pat) were raised on their parents' dairy farm where they each milked 10 cows every morning before school. Eileen was valedictorian of her high school class of 28. After the girls graduated from high school their father was adamant they receive a college education. Eileen graduated in 1942 from Whitewater State Teacher's College with a degree in business education. Eileen's first teaching position was in Gilmanton, Wisconsin (1942-44). She went on to teach at the Wisconsin State Reform School for Girls (1944-49). Because of her kindness and dedication, she had many special/maternalistic relationships with the girls at the reform school.

In 1949 she met and married her husband, Milton Schwager. Following his expanding career, they moved from Wisconsin to Davenport, Iowa in 1950. They began their family there, having three children: Bill, Bob, and Mary. Once the children were school age, Eileen returned to the work force doing party plan sales. She worked for Copper Craft Guild and Princess House; she was a regional supervisor and earned national sales awards. In April 1970, Eileen was widowed and then returned to her teaching career. She taught business education in the Davenport Public Schools. She was soon given the opportunity to design and be the lead instructor for a model office program that was part of a new, state-of-the-art vocational facility. She finished her career there, retiring in 1989.

Following retirement, Eileen enjoyed several years in the Midwest: traveling with friends and spending time with her grandchildren (Jennifer and John). At 74 she decided to move to Soldotna, to be nearer her three children who all lived in the area. After the long drive up the Alaska Highway, she spent 22 years enjoying Alaskan adventures (fishing and remote travel) as well as numerous international trips with her children. Especially, important to her was time with her family. She delighted in being present in Soldotna to watch her granddaughter, Kelly, grow up.

In October 2013, Eileen moved into Riverside Assisted Living in Soldotna. She enjoyed her new home, developing special friendships among residents and staff. Her relationship with the staff was especially meaningful to her; they showed genuine care, respect, and love. Her family wishes to express sincere thanks and gratitude to these folks as well as to Dr. Kelley for all his care through the years.

Eileen is survived by her children Bill (Nancy Courtright), Bob, and Mary (Bruce) King; grandchildren, Jennifer Padilla, John Schwager, and Kelly King; nephew, Chris (Priscilla) Lyden; and great-grandchildren, Dominick and Kaitlyn Padilla.

Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Mar. 15, 2016
Bill Schwager 1968
Bill (Milton) Schwager
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

February 18, 2016
Jacqueline Baker, mother of classmate Kathleen Baker Rafferty
DAVENPORT — Jacqueline E. Baker, 84, of Davenport, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Funeral services were at noon Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Runge Mortuary. Visitation was one hour prior to service. Memorials may be made to the Handicapped Development Center or the family. Online condolences may be made to www.TheRungeMortuary.com.

Jacqueline was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Davenport, the daughter of Herman and Marguerit (Simmons) Timmerman. She was united in marriage to Allen F. Baker on April 2, 1949, in Davenport.

Family was very important to her, and she always put others first. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing and feeding birds and squirrels. Jacqueline was an artist who loved to draw and listen to music, bake and try her luck on the boat. She especially loved going to Hawkeye games with her husband.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Gary (Marlene) Baker, Princeton, Sherry Daurer, Princeton, Jeffrey Baker, Des Moines, Lisa Diaz, Walcott, Iowa, Shawn Baker, Davenport, Bruce Baker, Davenport, Lance Baker, Davenport; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Dwayne Timmerman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen; daughters, Kathleen Rafferty and Cindy Baker; son, Roger Baker; and brother, Richard Timmerman.

Courtesy of the Quad City Times

Jacqueline Baker 2016
Jacqueline Baker
Kathleen Baker 1968
Kathleen Baker
Jon Ludtke 1968
Kathleen Baker Rafferty
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