Walter Harmon Lord

Posted Online: March 16, 2014, 7:41 pm
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Walter Harmon Lord Jr., a consummate gentleman and man of great personal integrity, 90, of Moline, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline, with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 246, Moline. Memorials can be made to Gilda's Club.
Mr. Lord was born April 4, 1923, in San Francisco, Calif., the only child of Walter Harmon Lord Sr. and Rose Marie Herbst Lord. He was a decorated World War II veteran, having served in the Army Air Corp in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. He attended San Francisco State and received his bachelor's degree from Golden Gate College. He married the love of his life, Gwendolyn Eulalia Vering, on April 5, 1947, in Berkeley, Calif.
Mr. Lord was employed by Deere & Co. for 35 years, beginning his career as a systems analyst at the San Francisco branch. He later transferred to a position at Deere headquarters in Moline. He retired in 1982, after 35 years of service.
Prior to relocating to Moline, Mr. Lord was a member of the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He was a member of the Air Force Reserves for a number of years. He enjoyed golf, gardening and smoking his pipe. In his younger years, he was a very active member of Broadway Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, including serving as president of the Session.
Survivors include his most beloved wife, Eulalia; children, Rodrick Harmon Lord (Sandra), Wellington, New Zealand, Margaret Spitznas, Puyallup, Wash., Maribeth Bopes, Moline, Cynthia Corkery, Moline, Nancy (Thomas) Welty, Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren, Kathryn Bopes Miklas, Colorado Springs, Colo., Zoe Lord, London, England, Benjamin Bopes, Moline, and Sophie Lord, Dunedin, New Zealand; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sons-in-law, David Corkery and Gregory Bopes.
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