|Roger W. Nothdorf|
|June 29, 1930 - November 28, 2010|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday December 02, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m. Friday December 03, 2010 at St. James Lutheran Church, 3145 31st Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Interment: Friday December 03, 2010 at National Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill. |
|Roger W. Nothdorf, 80, of Rock Island, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 at his home.|
Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. on Friday at St. James Lutheran Church, Rock Island. Burial is at the National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be presented by American Legion Posts 200 and 569 and VFW Post 1303. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rock Island Evening Lions Club, Rock Island High School Athletic Dept., Rock Island/Milan Education Foundation or to a favorite charity.
Roger was born June 29, 1930 in Bennett, Iowa, a son of William and Elsie Willers Nothdorf. He graduated from Davenport Central High School in 1948, where he was active in the band, R.O.T.C. and the Service Club.
Mr. Nothdorf was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was selected for duty in Washington D.C., where he was a member of the Ceremonial Guard. He served in the Navy from 1951 to 1953 and was Honorably Discharged as a 3rd Class Petty Officer.
Roger married Peg Kurtz on September 26, 1953 in Rock Island.
He was employed as an engineering designer and drafting supervisor for the Litton Corp., Instrument and Life Support Division. He retired in 1992, after 39 years of service.
Roger was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Rock Island and the Bendix Litton Retirees. He was past president, secretary and treasurer of Rock Island Girls Softball, was a former coach and umpire, serving the organization since it was started. Roger was a life member of the Rock Island Evening Lions Club, serving as secretary for 15 years, treasurer for 11 years and chaired Tuesday Night Bingo for 11 years. He also was president of the Lions Home Association for six years. He was a member of the Rock Island VFW Post 1303 and former member of the Rock Island/Milan Booster Club.
Roger gave his life to volunteering in the Rock Island Girls Softball program and with the Rock Island Public Schools supporting the Rocky basketball banquets, making and designing awards for the players. He also helped his wife in all school frolics and fundraisers. They were a team in itself.
Roger was honored by the Illinois High School Association by being named a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was named to the Founders Circle of the Rock Island/Milan Education Foundation for significant contributions and furthering its mission.
He extended his hand to any who knocked on his door and needed help.
Roger loved sports, especially his St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes. He and Peg never missed a Rocky football or basketball game, attending for more than 50 years, until health issues kept him away. He treasured his trip to Springfield with Joel Brunsvold, something he always talked about.
Survivors include his wife, Peg; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy L. and Roger Courtney, Brunswick, Ohio and Deborah A. and Bill Boswell, Wentzville, Mo.; grandchildren, Roger and Lloyd Courtney of Brunswick and Matthew, Bradley, Amanda and Ashley Boswell of Wentzville; a brother and sister-in-law, Roland and Ellen Nothdorf, Des Moines, Iowa; and nephews Mike and Randy Nothdorf. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronald; and sister, Janice.
Roger will be deeply missed. What a kind, kind man with a huge heart.
-- Dori Garro
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember all the way back to my cashier days and especially when Roger brought me a rose for The Sweetest day. I've never forgot how good you were to me and my family all these years. Susie
-- susie wagner
Goodbye big guy. You may not have been the big guy in body but you were the biggest to those many who adored you and wanted to be friends with you. You will always be a pleasant memory to me and be admired by me and many others,
REST IN PEACE ROGER, WE ALL ARE BETTER FOR KNOWING YOU IN OUR LIFETIME. GOD BLESS PEG AND FAMILY ALL PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU
-- Jerry Waeyaert
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Roger was one of kind. He will be greatly missed....
-- Monica Mapes-Blackhawk Bank
Thank you Mr. Nothdorf for your military service.
-- Paul Fredenburg
Peg and family, my deepest condolences and prayers go out to you for your loss. Roger was a man of strength, character, and a pillar in the community. He will be missed! God Bless
-- Chris Fink
Peg and Family: So sorry for your loss. Roger will be deeply missed. Such a gentle soul. I know he is in a wonderful place right now. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
-- Jean Wardlow
Peg, We are so very sorry for your loss. Was many years ago that we were neighbors up off Ridgewood Road. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.
-- Marvin & Peggy Crable
I am so sorry for your loss. May
God be with you in your time of sorrow.
-- Patricia Stoneking
Peg, I am very sorry for your loss, I can't begin to imagine how hard this is for you. I am sorry I can't make it home from Iowa, but I will be thinking of you and everything you and Roger have done for me and the community. He was a great man.
-- Kevin Johnson
Peg, So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go to you and your family.
-- Kris Novak
So sorry to hear of your loss. Roger will be deeply missed. I'm so happy that thru Joel & Barb we were able to meet and become friends. When we get up to see Barb we will definitely get together with you as well.
We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
-- Larry & Gloria Budd
Sorry about your loss really enjoyed working with Rodger at Litton.
-- Reva Thoeming
Peg - My heard goes out to you. Roger and you are such special family to me. I remember way back when Mr. Versluis and him were my first softball coaches. Love you and the family. Jennifer
-- Jennifer Wendland