Richard VanDamme


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Posted Online: March 21, 2013, 5:38 pm
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Richard R. VanDamme, 80, of Moline, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with a rosary at 1 p.m. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military honors conducted by the Moline American Legion Post 246. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.
Richard was born on April 16, 1932, in Moline, the son of Cyril and Cathryn Graham VanDamme. He married Beverly Blitsch on Jan. 17, 1953, in Moline.
Richard was a United States Army veteran having served during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. During his service, he also was nominated for the Counter Intelligence Corp. He graduated from Augustana College with a degree in accounting.
Richard was employed and retired from the former International Harvester/JI Case, East Moline Plant in 1988, as a forecaster and former chief of accounting. He was a member of the American Legion Post 246, Moline, and the Friends Circle Club. He enjoyed gardening and fishing and loved spending time with his family and his dog, Molly. In his younger years, Richard played football and baseball.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly; children, Vincent (Sarah) VanDamme, Moline, Bradley VanDamme, East Moline, Kelly Stroda, Moline, Tracy (Lisa) VanDamme, Davenport; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, George VanDamme, Miami, Fla. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Fagerli; and an infant brother.
Richard's family would like to thank the staff at Rosewood Continuing Care, Moline, and Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis, for the compassionate care they gave Richard.
Condolences may be left and a video viewed at raffertyfunerals.com.












 



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