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David Emmert


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Posted Online: Jan. 18, 2013, 5:23 pm
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Local artist David L. Emmert, 74, of Moline, died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1611 41st St., Moline. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Burial will be at Western Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, where he was a member, ALS-MDA for research or to his family.
David was born on Jan. 29, 1938, in Geneseo, the son of David and Lavon Emmert. In his early years, his parents moved a lot. He went to eight different grade schools, three high schools and three different colleges. He graduated in 1968 from Western Illinois University. He also did graduate work at Western.
He married the love of his life, Judith A. Swanson, in December 1961 in Orion. He taught art in Geneseo, Orion and Silvis. When he left teaching, he sold furniture at Montgomery Wards, where he was a member of the Million Dollar Club in sales. He had a love of the outdoors and he and his sons started a lawn and landscaping company where he designed and built many beautiful areas in the Quad-Cities. During the 17 years he battled ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) he painted many pictures. He gave away many to MDA and ALS patients. His paintings span from Florida to Arizona. He has a painting hanging in the Robert Ross MDA National Headquarters in Tucson, Ariz.
He is survived by his wife, Judie; a son, Brad Emmert, Moline; and his children, Christopher, Adam and Jennah; a daughter, Beth (Mike) Amlong, Orion, and their children, David and Lisa; and a son, Greg (Denise) Emmert, Moline, and their child, Tylor. David also has a brother, Bart (Bonnie) Emmert, Grand Junction, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting his obituary online at www.esterdahl.com.












 




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