US Navy

Wesley C. Hoots

September 28, 1926 ~ February 2, 2020 (age 93)


Wesley C. Hoots, 93, of Rock Island, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at his home. Private graveside services for Mr. Hoots will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the Milan American Legion Post No. 569.  Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island is assisting the family. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Wes was born on September 28, 1926 in Alton, Illinois, a son of Clemence and Hilda (Randall) Hoots. He married Bette Maus on June 24, 1951 in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on June 8, 2015. Wes graduated from the American Institute of Television, Chicago with a B.S. in Engineering. He worked at WHBF T.V., Rock Island for 36 years, retiring as Chief Engineer in 1987. Wes was a member of Valley Sports Car Club and the Sports Car Club of America. He enjoyed playing golf and photography. Mr. Hoots was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.

Survivors include a son and daughter in law, Steven and Cheryl Hoots, Rock Island; a daughter and son in law, Lynda and David Rudd, Milan; grandsons, Justin Rudd, and Grant Hoots; great grandson, Bryce Rudd.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Bette. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Private Committal

Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island

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