Marvin Wyffels


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Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2009, 8:19 pm
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Marvin A. Wyffels, 91, of Silvis, formerly of Moline, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, with a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a Christian wake service held at 4 p.m. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Alleman High School.

Marvin was born Jan. 25, 1918, in Geneseo, the oldest son of Blanche R. Vandersnick and Alphonse J. Wyffels. He married Ruth Genevieve Lough, R.N., June 5, 1945, in Geneseo. Marvin was a Geneseo High School graduate, active in Future Farmers, 4-H Club and editor of the school newspaper. He worked at International Harvester, East Moline Plant for 40 years, retiring in 1978. He completed a tool and die maker program and was a senior member of the American Society of Tool Engineers. Marvin was a member of the Moline Chamber of Commerce, representing the Rock Island Fair Board and the I.H. Company and was chairman of the A.G. Committee.

He was the first appointed director from the East Moline plant for the Junior Achievement program started in the Quad-Cities and also a 4-H Club leader in South Moline Township of Rock Island County.

Marvin was a member and on the board of directors of the Rock Island County Fair Board for 28 years, serving at one time as secretary and 2nd vice-president. He held several assignments at IH, East Moline Plant, chief tool designer, assistant mechanical engineer, head of the Mechanical Engineering departments, staff assistant to the plant manager and mfg. of production operations. He worked in and represented I.H. East Moline Plant in 44 of the 50 states as a troubleshooter for the plant made products. Marvin also represented the I.H. East Moline Plant in New Zealand, Australia, and 12 foreign countries, also Canada and Mexico. He was assigned to and completed a three-year training program called Special Manufacturing Training Program. The objective of the course was to prepare students for plant manufacturing, manufacturing duties and corporate business.

Marvin was active in the Catholic Church and many school affairs. He was president of Sacred Heart and Alleman's Dad Clubs and trustee at Christ the King Church. In retirement, he and his wife, Gen, operated a wildlife farm raising white tail deer, pheasants, quail, wild turkeys and peacocks. He was a member of the NRA, Knights of Columbus and the Moline Elks Club for many years. Marvin was president and CEO of Indian Hills Lakes Corp. for five years, acting as chairman of the maintenance committee and also heading the wildlife program. He was a member of Christ the King Church and former member of Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Kathy Wyffels, Moline; daughters-in-law, Glenna Wyffels, Geneseo, and Carol Wyffels, Florida; grandchildren, Eugina (Darren) Brant, Denise (Rob) Verhaeghe, Cynthia Van Damme, Paige and Austin Wyffels, Kurtis (Carla) Vance and Stephanie and Alissa Wyffels; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Arlene Goebel Seeds, Moline; and a brother, James F. Wyffels, Geneseo; sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Wyffels was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Genevieve; his parents; two sons, Tom and Jay; and two brothers, Edward and Vernon Wyffels.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.deroofuneralhome.com.














 



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