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Fred W. Orth

December 23, 1931 ~ January 2, 2021 (age 89)


Fred W. Orth, 89, of Moline, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 1 PM, Friday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rock Island, where a rosary will be recited at 12:45 PM. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by Moline American Legion Post No. 246. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, Alleman High School or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island is assisting the family.

Fred was born on December 23, 1931 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, son of Matthew and Irene (Schroeder) Orth. He married Mary Catherine Redecker on June 23, 1956 in Rock Island. Fred was an insurance agent and district manager with American Family Insurance for 37 years. Fred was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Allouez Council 658 Knights of Columbus and the Alleman Booster Club. Fred served honorably in the U.S. Army, 3rd Armored Division, during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Catherine; children, Therese (Patrick) Lootens, Rock Island, Eileen Copen, Moline, Michael (Susan) Orth, Milan and Larry (Gaye) Orth, Rock Island; grandchildren, Christopher Lootens, Elizabeth (Ty) Verschorre, Ryan (Maggie) Lootens, Samuel (Lindsey) Lootens, Dustin (Bridget) Copen, Grace Copen-DiIulio, Mary Therese Ramirez, Matthew Orth, Jacob Orth, Joshua (Kate) Orth; great granddaughter, Clarissa Hough; great grandsons, Maxwell and Maddux Copen, Michael Verschorre and Jackson Lootens; several nieces and nephews and their families.

The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion given to Fred. 

Fred was preceded in death by his parents. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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January 8, 2021

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM
St. Mary Catholic Church (Rock Island)

Recitation of the Rosary
January 8, 2021

12:45 PM
St. Mary Catholic Church (Rock Island)

Mass of Christian Burial
January 8, 2021

1:00 PM
St. Mary Catholic Church (Rock Island)


Rock Island National Cemetery
Bldg 118, Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island, IL 61201

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