Kenneth Dreessen


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Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2013, 6:10 pm
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Kenneth J. Dreessen, 88, of Rock Island, died on Thursday, Jan.10, 2013, at Amber Ridge in Moline.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the National Cemetery on Arsenal Island, with military honors provided by American Legion Posts 569 and 200 and VFW Post 1303. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Kenneth was born on March 19, 1924, in Rock Island, the son of Henry and Mamie Sindelar Dreessen. He was a 1942 graduate of Rock Island High School. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps as a crew chief on a B-24 Liberator. He saw combat in the Balkans, North Appennines, Central Europe and the Rhineland, and was a recipient of a Purple Heart for injuries sustained during his service.
He married Marjorie L. Legg on July 29, 1945, in Rock Island. Kenneth worked for the Rock Island Post Office from 1945 to his retirement in 1980. He was a die-hard Cubs fan, and enjoyed all sports, especially watching his grandchildren play. He and his wife enjoyed the South Rock Island Township Meal Site for many years, as well as their lunches at Sunset Park, while watching the boats there. He also liked playing cards, yard work and vegetable gardening and being with his family.
Survivors (and spouses) include his daughter, Sharon (Dave) Robison, Sherrard; son, Tom (Linda) Dreessen, Doylestown, Pa. His grandchildren and great-granddaughters are Tad (Michelle) Robison and Kaitlyn, Andalusia, Tara (Brad) Stauffer and Kelsa, Omaha, Neb., Natalie (Ryan) Buck and Hailey, Carly and Kate, Doylestown, Angie Shinn, Royersford, Pa., and Jason (Ali) Dreessen, Doylestown; friends, Jackie and Hank Hanson, Viola; and many meal site friends. His parents; and sister, Delores Wilson, preceded him in death.
Condolences may be left at www.hodgsonfuneralhome.com.












 



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