Russell Ryker


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Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2013, 8:55 pm
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Russell S. Ryker, 87, of Rock Island, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Visitation will be an hour prior to service time. Interment will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline, where military honors will be conducted. Memorials may be made in care of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Russell was born on Dec. 26, 1925, in Welling, Okla., a son of Winfield and Mary Allen Ryker. He married Freeda Robinson on Dec. 31, 1949, in Rock Island. She preceded him in death in 2004.
Russell was a U.S. Navy Seabee veteran who served as an electrician's mate during World War II. He worked as a general foreman for the heat treatment plant for IH Farmall from 1942-1981.
Russell was an avid music enthusiast. He enjoyed playing blue grass music as a bass player. He spent a lot of time restoring violins, violas and other musical instruments. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time and traveling with his friend and brother-in-law, Dean Robinson.
Survivors include his daughter, Lesa Ahrens, Rock Island; grandsons, Adam (Amanda) Ahrens, Jay (Trista) Ahrens and Steve Ahrens, all of Rock Island; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Addison and Addilynn; and sister, Pat Ostrand, Moline.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, Rusty; son-in-law, Gary Ahrens; and several brothers and sisters.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com.












 



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