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“I worked with Buzz for many years at the old IIG&E before I moved to Arizona in 1994. While gruff, Buzz was a true hard-working lineman who believed...Read More »
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“Dear Chip and Ethel, We are so sorry to hear the news, and you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Saying good-bye is so hard, but...Read More »
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“Chip and Ethel: You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
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Rodney L. "Buzz" Hesler, 89, a resident of Davenport, died Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport. Keeping with his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Private family burial will take place at Davenport Memorial Park.
Rodney Levi Hesler was born on March 29, 1923 in Bloomington, Indiana, the son of Walter Amos and Bertha (Hill) Hesler. He served our county in the Marine Corps. Buzz was united in marriage to Mary Rita Feeney on May 6, 1948 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport. She preceded him in death on September 6, 1990.
Buzz was a lineman and crew leader for Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company for 32 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of IBEW 109 and 145.
He enjoyed woodworking and was especially proud of the two story barn-garage he designed and built on his property. He also made cedar chests for his grandchildren. After his retirement he found enjoyment mowing his children's yards. Buzz especially enjoyed German Shepherds, having raised many and was a breeder in his younger years.
Memorials may be to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House or the Mississippi Valley German Shepherd Rescue.
Buzz is survived by his children: Kristy Krieger, Davenport, Chip (Ethel) Hesler, Coal Valley, IL, Kay (Jerry) Twigg, Delmar, IA, and Jeff Hesler, Milan, IL; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren with one on the way; and two sisters: Joan and Maxine.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two sisters: Ethel and Wilma.