Thomas Roddy Jr.


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Posted Online: June 26, 2014, 11:01 pm
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Thomas Roddy Jr., 78, of Rock Island, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Bettendorf.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2208 4th Ave., Rock Island. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., with a rosary recited at 5 p.m. at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military honors. Memorials may be left to The Fountains - Memory Care, Bettendorf.
Thomas was born on Oct. 21, 1935, in Cornlea, Neb., the son of Thomas and Della Schaecher Roddy. He married Celia "Dutch" Jacobs on July 19, 1971, in Rock Island. She preceded him in death on Aug. 24, 2005.
Mr. Roddy was a United States Marine Corp veteran, having served during the Korean War.
He had been employed at John Deere Plow Planter for 33 years before his retirement.
Mr. Roddy was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and VFW 1303, both of Rock Island. He enjoyed watching the New York Yankees.
Survivors include his sons, Richard Speed, El Cajon, Calif., and Allen (Tracie) Speed, Arlington, Texas; several grandchildren; brother, Darrell Roddy, Freemont, Neb.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and brothers, Ronald and Alvin Roddy.
Online condolences may be left to the family at wheelanpressly.com.












 



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