Albert DeClercq

Posted Online: April 18, 2014, 5:47 pm
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Funeral services for Albert F. DeClercq, 71, of East Moline, will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anne Catholic Church, East Moline.
Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.
Mr. DeClercq died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at his home. Memorials may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church.
Al was born Dec. 5, 1942, in Moline, son of Alois and Florence Sansale DeClercq. He married Joyce Porter on Oct. 5, 1967, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Moline. They divorced. He later met the love of his life, Linda Reeves.
He served in the U.S. Army. He retired from John Deere Harvester, East Moline, after 30-plus years of service. He had been a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He had been a member of the East End Bolders Club. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He was loved by all.
Survivors include his daughters, Jill Rene (Sean) Hast, Austin, Texas, and Michelle (Steve) Petty, East Moline; grandchildren, Jessica (Lee) Paradise, Gunnar Hast, Alexis, Abbey and Ryan Petty; sisters, Mary Ann Minson, East Moline, Barbara Barlow, East Moline, and Anna (Jody) Oltman, Geneseo; brothers, Chuck (LeAnn) DeClercq, Clinton, Ill., Joe (Sharon) DeClercq, East Moline, and David DeClercq, Moline; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Edward DeClercq; and the love of his life, Linda Reeves, who died Feb. 28, 2004.
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