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Vernon L. Laurin

December 21, 1919 ~ May 18, 2020 (age 100)

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Vernon L. Laurin, 100, of Rock Island, passed away peacefully Monday, May 18, 2020 at home.

Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A private family mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Pius X Church, Rock Island. A future memorial for Vern’s extended family will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

He was born December 21, 1919 in Marinette, WI., the son of Edna and Leo Laurin. He married Ruth Caspari December 9, 1942. She died April 4, 1966. He married Rita Kitt May 5, 1973.

He served in the Navy during WWII from June 9, 1943, stationed on the USS Lake Champlain Carrier in Engine Maintenance and discharged December 14, 1945. He entered Marquette University immediately following his service, graduating in 1949 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was employed by Barber Colman Company, Rock Island for over 35 years and became an Independent Representative for them with his own firm, Quint Co, retiring in 1986. He was a 25 year member of the Kiwanis Club of Rock Island. He was a 50 year member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc.

He was an avid golfer having had four holes in one and was a lifetime member of Oakwood Country Club, serving on the Board of Directors in charge of House and Grounds for many years. He played in numerous opens when they were held at Oakwood. He also enjoyed working out and reading westerns.

He is survived by his wife, Rita; daughters, Annette Terronez and Corene Laurin of Bettendorf, IA, Georgene Myers of Davenport, IA, Jeanette Orr (Jeff) of Carbon Cliff, IL, Suzanne Sharp (Ray) of Jacksonville, FL, Kerry Laurin (Kelly O’Reilly) of Mequon, WI and son, Gary Laurin; numerous grandchildren, several great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Ruth; his aunt Irene Sauve; and grandson, Matthew Myers.

The family would like to thank Unity Point 4th Floor nurses, Landon, Vanessa, Melissa and patient care techs, Albin and Cathy for all their tender care and attention. Also thank Dr. Noumi for his support and patience with our endless questions. Unity Point Hospice couldn’t have been more understanding, thank you.

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Private Services

St. Pius X Catholic Church (Rock Island)

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