Dispatch Argus obituaries for January 28
Cremation will take place at Trimble Crematory, Moline, under the direction of Cremation Society of the Quad Cities. There will be no local services. Private burial will be in Texas.
Roberto was born June 16, 1939, in Del Rio, Texas, to Esequiel and Antonia Castellano Cantu. He married Linda Love Sturms on July 2, 1993, in San Antonio, Texas. He was a security guard for Army Residence Community in San Antonio. He loved fishing and collecting John Deere memorabilia, and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.
Roberto is survived by his wife, Linda; three children and spouses, William and Dona Sturms, Bettendorf, Cindy and Kenny Klahn, Port Byron, and Sherill and Bill Rath, Viola; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and siblings, Esequiel Cantu Jr., Noe Cantu, Roel Cantu, Juan Cantu, Eloy Cantu, Gloria Johnson and Elva Cantu, and their families, all of Texas. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Sturms Jr., and two sisters.
Ronald O. Carlson, 91, of Moline, died while surrounded by family members Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Trinity Rock Island. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Ave., Moline. Monday at Esterdahl Mortuary Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. The American Legion Post No. 246 will conduct military honors for the World War II Navy veteran, who served on the maiden voyage of the USS Diodon submarine. Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s research.
Ron was born Oct. 11, 1926, in Moline, the son of Oscar, a Swedish immigrant, and Olga Kron Carlson. He married Doris Johnson Dec. 26, 1948, in Moline. Doris preceded him in death on May 10, 2014. Ron also was preceded in death by his daughter, Janet Laub, and his parents.
Ron began working for John Deere as a tool and die maker apprentice the day after he graduated from Moline High School. He eventually worked his way up to various levels of management, retiring after 38 years as a general supervisor at John Deere Plow Planter. He then worked in tooling sales four years before retiring for good in 1986.
Ron, known by family and friends as Rock, was a member of First Congregational Church, Moline. He was also a member of the Viking Thor Lodge No. 9, Moline; Elks Club; American Legion; Society of Manufacturing Engineers; and a charter member of Mill Creek Country Club. He was an avid bowler and golfer, with a hole in one to his credit, and in retirement loved spending winters with Doris in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Most of all, he was a devoted family man. Married for 65 years, the way he cared for Doris when she was battling the degenerative effects of Parkinson’s late in her life was the model of unconditional love. As a father, grandfather and great grandfather, he delighted in spending time with his family. It’s quite possible none of his family members ever bought him a meal, because he always insisted on picking up the check. Although he didn’t have a college degree himself, he put all five of his children through college because he believed in the value of an education. Ron also had 10 grandchildren, Adam Carlson, St. He had 12 great grandchildren, Gina,
Renee, Cecilia, Lucy, Hannah, Selma, Oscar, Jake, Macie, Jackson, Camden and Eli.
Myrtle M. Eckert, 94, of Rock Island, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Tuesday at Edgewood Baptist Church, 2704 38th St., Rock Island. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made in care of Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Wheelan Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island, is assisting the family.
Myrtle was born in Rock Island on Jan. 18, 1924, a daughter of John and Goldie Parris Christiansen. She married Millard Eckert on May 30, 1943, in Rock Island. He preceded her in death in 2004.
Myrtle was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was also an avid reader.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters (and spouses), Barbara Lundy, Rock Island, Shirley Mountain, East Moline, Mary (Warren) Mayhew, Aledo, Linda (Don) Leatherman, Moline, Sue (Al) Wren, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Patty (Dave) Kraft, Rock Island; 11 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; brother, Leonard Nesbitt, Rock Island; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a grandson; brothers, John and Jim Christensen; and sisters, Lydia Dean and Dorothy Wuthrich.
Shirley Steen Lofgren, 89, of Moline, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Trinity Rock Island.
Esterdahl Mortuary Crematory, Moline, is assisting the family with arrangements. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 3, at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2900 Avenue of the Cities, Moline. until the service. Burial will be at National Cemetery at the Rock Island Arsenal at a later date. Memorials may be made to Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Shirley was born on April 1, 1928, in Abingdon, Ill., the daughter of Arthur Reginald and Helen Lucille Sandholm Steen. She married Howard John Lofgren on May 15, 1948, at Salem Lutheran Church, Moline. She worked as a bookkeeper at Collinson Stone Company.
Shirley was an active member of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church since 1936. She was a member of the Calvary WELCA (Deborah Circle), serving as the treasurer for 20 years. Shirley was also involved in Middlers and Happy Hookers. She was a member of the via Crucis King’s Daughter Circle,
being a charter member since 1944.