William 'Ted' Averill


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Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2012, 5:20 pm
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William T. "Ted" Averill, 83, of Rock Island, died on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Trinity Rock Island.
Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial is at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island, where military honors will be presented by Moline American Legion Post 246. Visitation is 12:30 p.m. until service time on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, or to a favorite charity.
Mr. Averill was born on Dec. 9, 1929, in Des Moines, Iowa. He married Patricia L. Marre on Aug. 11, 1950, in Leadville, Colo.
He worked 39 years for Iowa Illinois Gas and Electric Co. and was a supervisor in the gas department when he retired in 1992.
Ted was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline. He loved fishing, camping and traveling.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia; daughter, Cynthia Averill, Cortez, Colo.; sons and daughter-in-law, Michael and Donna Averill, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Curtis Averill, Rock Island; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Kay Averill, Independence, Kan.; and sisters, Mildred Hampton, Green River, Utah, and Valda Averill, Nevada. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepparents.
Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressly.com.












 



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