Martin 'Sonny' York


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Posted Online: Feb. 04, 2013, 7:23 pm
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Martin A. "Sonny" York, 79, of Coal Valley, passed away surrounded by his family on Feb. 3, 2013, at Trinity Rock Island.
Private family burial will be at Rose-Lawn Memorial Estate, Moline. There will be a visitation for family and friends from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Memorials may be made to Honor Flight for Korean War Veterans.
Martin was born on Nov. 18, 1933, in Rock Island, the son of Martin A. and Bernice Garrison York. He married Janice L. Walker on May 15, 1955, in Milan. She preceded him in death in November 1986. He later married Cheryl L. Huys Grube on Jan. 10, 1997, in Coal Valley.
For 34 years, Martin worked as a heat treater for John Deere Harvester, retiring in 1993. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of UAW Local 865 of East Moline. Also, he belonged to the Wake Riders Water Ski Club of Geneseo, the Rock River Ski Team of Moline, and the Quad Cities Rooster Tails of Moline. He loved watching his grandson race the Show Stopper.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl York, Coal Valley; children, Wyatt (Julie) York, Sherrard, and Wayne M. York, Moline; stepchildren, Todd (Linda) Grube, Milan, and Randy Grube, Davenport; grandchildren, Shayla York, Moline, and Marty (Jody) York, Woodhull; great-grandchildren, Joey, Masin, Tayvian, Liyah and Devin; and a brother, Robert York, Rock Island.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janice; sister, Carol Bertelli; and brothers, Richard York and Tom York.
Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting his obituary online at www.esterdahl.com.












 



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