Warren D. Secoy Jr., 76, of Coal Valley, died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at his home in Apache Junction, Ariz. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Coal Valley, with the Rev. Robert E. Hagen officiating. Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Coal Valley. Burial is in Coal Valley Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity. Warren Debs Secoy Jr. was born Feb. 12, 1936, in Davenport, the son of Warren Debs Sr. and Edna Minnie Riepe Secoy. He married Janet Dunkin, with whom he had four children. He later married Kathleen Clary in Coal Valley. Warren worked as an electrician for Ralston-Purina in Davenport. He loved traveling with his wife to various places and spending their winters in Arizona, where he acquired many new and dear friends; having gatherings with family that always included lots of laughter and stories; and visiting with the guys around Coal Valley. He also enjoyed woodworking and crafts that he shared with his family and friends. Warren is survived by his wife, Kathleen Clary-Secoy, of Coal Valley; sons and daughters-in-law, Warren III and Carol Secoy, of Davenport, Randall and Sue Secoy, of Milan, and James and Carla Secoy, of Davenport; a daughter and son-in-law, Dodd and Deb Brus, of Stockton, Iowa; stepchildren and their spouses, Michael and Jennifer Clary, of Milan, and LuAnn and Sid Matlick, of Coal Valley; 11 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and a half-sister, Linda Lamboy. He was preceded in death by a brother, George Secoy; and a half-sister, Becky Lamboy. The family invites you to share stories and condolences and light a candle in Warren's memory at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.