Rodney Bruner

Rodney E. Bruner, 82, of East Moline, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th St., Moline, with the Rev. Joye Perry officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Burial is at Moline Memorial Park, where the Moline American Legion Post No. 246 will present military honors. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Rodney was born Dec. 29, 1933, in Moline, the son of Richard and Lucille Strother Bruner. He graduated from Moline High School, where he played three sports, including quarterback for the football team, and was the class president. He served in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Orleans, France. He married Barbara Jean Lutz on Jan. 24, 1959, in Rock Island.

He worked in the Personnel Department at John Deere, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline, an advisor for Junior Achievement, served as membership chairman for the Willow Springs Swim Club, coached little league baseball for the Babe Ruth League and the East Moline American Legion, and served on the board of directors for the East Moline Visiting Nurses.

Rodney is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, William and Roberta Bruner, Cordova, Suzanne and Clifford Carlson, Rochester, Minn., Scott and Jackie Bruner, Issaquah, Wash., and Jeffrey Bruner, Davenport; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visit Rodney’s personal tribute page at to share stories and condolences, and light a free candle in his memory.

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