John Smithson


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Posted Online: June 11, 2012, 8:00 pm
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John C. Smithson, 35, of Rock Island, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2012, at his home.

A memorial service will be 5 p.m. Tuesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, and where visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the family.

John was born Nov. 27, 1976, in Phoenix, Ariz. He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1994 and received his associate's degree from Black Hawk College in 1996. He was employed at the Rock Island Arsenal as a senior systems analyst for the Department of Defense and was proud of the work he did in logistics for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

John loved music and was a talented guitar player and songwriter. His creative gifts also included the ability to write about philosophy and faith with great insight and passion. He composed hundreds of writings, poems, songs and several novels he shared with family and friends throughout his life. John was deeply faithful and had completed his journey to officially enter the Jewish faith in May 2011.

He found solace in the words of the Torah and thrived through the study of its teachings. He was extremely proud of his Jewish faith, which he cherished and honored daily through prayer and meditation. He was always a leader in prayer at family gatherings and special occasions. John was a volunteer with the Friends of the Rock Island Library and the Geniuses Guild of Rock Island; he also spent time volunteering to visit individuals from his synagogue for companionship.

We are heartbroken over the loss of our beloved son, brother, nephew and cousin. John forever will be with us, guiding us from above and loving us from beyond. WE LOVE YOU JOHN. WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU.

Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Helen and Philip Dussliere, Rock Island; sister and brother-in-law, Heidi and Mitchell Forney, Madison, Wis.; niece, Elizabeth Forney, Madison; paternal grandparents, Al and Lorene Dussliere, East Moline; aunts and uncles, Gary (Susie) Boniger, Germantown Hills, Ill., Jim and Linda Boniger, Lenexa, Kan., Steve (Kayla) Dussliere and their daughter, Talisa, all of East Moline, and Theresa (Dan) Voltz and their sons, Andrew and Conrad, all of Wooster, Ohio; and many other cousins, relatives, and friends.

John was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Pat and Jack Boniger.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com.














 



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