Rodney 'Buzz' Hesler


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Posted Online: Dec. 06, 2012, 5:08 pm
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Rodney L. "Buzz" Hesler, 89, a resident of Davenport, died Thursday, March 6, 2012, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport. Keeping with his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Private family burial will take place at Davenport Memorial Park.
Rodney Levi Hesler was born on March 29, 1923, in Bloomington, Ind., the son of Walter Amos and Bertha Hill Hesler. He served our county in the Marine Corps. Buzz was united in marriage to Mary Rita Feeney on May 6, 1948 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport. She preceded him in death on Sept. 6, 1990.
Buzz was a lineman and crew leader for Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company for 32 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of IBEW 109 and 145.
He enjoyed woodworking and was especially proud of the two story barn-garage he designed and built on his property. He also made cedar chests for his grandchildren. After his retirement, he found enjoyment mowing his children's yards. Buzz especially enjoyed German Shepherds, having raised many and was a breeder in his younger years.
Memorials may be to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House or the Mississippi Valley German Shepherd Rescue.
Buzz is survived by his children, Kristy Krieger, Davenport, Chip (Ethel) Hesler, Coal Valley, Kay (Jerry) Twigg, Delmar, Iowa, and Jeff Hesler, Milan; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren with one on the way; and two sisters, Joan and Maxine.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and two sisters, Ethel and Wilma. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Buzz's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.












 



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