|May 20, 1924 - October 21, 2010|
|John Kompolsek, 85, of Moline, died Thursday, October 21, 2010 at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.|
Services and burial will be at a later date in his home country of Slovenia. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island assisted the family.
John was born on June 27, 1925 in Sentjur, Slovenia, a son of Frank and Maria Catar Kompolsek. He married Aranka Halasz in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
He graduated from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, with a degree in art. Trained as a sculptor, he worked in a museum in Canada restoring art works. John came to Moline and worked for Walter Vander Vennet as a woodcarver and refurbished art work for local churches. He later was employed at Deere Industrial, where he was a draftsman. John moved to the Deere Foundry and served as a plant engineer.
Although working for Deere, John continued doing carvings and was commissioned by Tish Hewitt to carve several sets of Stations of The Cross, one installed at Christ Episcopal Church, Moline, another being given to an orphanage in Japan. He created other religious art pieces that are on display in various churches throughout the Quad-Cities.
He is survived by his wife, Aranka; a sister, Marica Zmahar, Sentjur, Slovenia; two sisters-in-law; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Toni; and brother, Franci.
Aranka, Ralph and I will thinking of you. Take care of yourself. Ralph and Lois Smith
-- Lois Smith
Dear Aranka: I was sorry to read about the death of your husband and want to express my sympathy to you. Dave Smith (Tech Center coworker)
-- David Smith
Loretta & I extend our deepest sympathy to you. I (Ed)met John some 40+ yrs. ago, as a student in one of his woodcarving classes. Not only was John a "master" woodcarver, he was a wonderful friend. God Bless!
-- Edmond McKamey
My sympathy Aranka.
-- Richard Hockenberry
Aranka, we are so sorry about John's passing. Our thoughts will be with you this weekend. We have moved to Arizona some years ago and have been out of touch. We'll say a prayer for you and John.
Ted & Becky Berenyi
-- Tibor Berenyi
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
John was one of the most outstanding individuals that I have ever had the opportunty to know and be associated with. I was the Manager of Plant Engineering at the Foundry and John contributed a great deal to the foundry and was always willing to help others.
You could not ask for a better person to be associated with.
The world just lost a great and talanted person and hopefully he is in a better place.
If I can be of assistance please feel free to contact me. 309-936-7130
-- Dennis Diehl
To Aranka, John lives on in the people who knew and loved him. He was such a positive influence on me and my family. I remember meeting William Hewit at your house one evening while John was carving a sculpture of the Wheel of St.Katherine for the Hewit family. John was never one to talk about himself even though he was a tremendous artist and more importantly a wonderful example for all of us to follow in life....Love, Paul, Helen, and Alyssa
-- Paul Varner
See! I will not forget you . . . I have carved you on the palm of my hand. Isiah 49:15
Words offer small comfort in your hour of sorrow. Sue & I do wish to express our most heart-felt sympathy on the loss of John. My time with John at the Deere Foundry (1977-1983) was valuable and memorable. Sue & myself will always remember the Kompolsek's hospitality, generousity and great kindness. God bless John as he makes his finally journey to go "home' once again.
Thomas & Sue Waldmann
-- Thomas and Sue Waldmann
Dear Aranka, I wish to seeyou, if you if you couldlet me know where you are I will coe to visit. I will come to visit you. I'm sosrry about John. Love Alice
-- Alice Cattoir Buckley