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John R. "Jack" Edwards
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Birth: Dec. 9, 1919
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 4, 2008
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA

John R. "Jack" Edwards, 88, of Rock Island, died at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island, on July 4, 2008.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Burial will be at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. A light luncheon will follow at the Rock Island Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island. He was a member of Broadway Presbyterian Church, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Jack was born Dec. 9, 1919, in Rock Island, a son of Frank R. and Ina Johnson Edwards. He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1937, and St. Ambrose College in 1941. Jack began his 32-year career with Deere & Company as a metallurgist. After assignments at John Deere Ottumwa Works and John Deere Argentina, he returned to Metals Research in 1966 as a senior metallurgist. He was deeply involved in the utilization of steel for Deere and Company.

He was very active in several technical societies including the American National Standards Institute, where he served on their Fastener Metrication sub-committee. He also served as the president of the Central Illinois Chapter of the Society of American Value Engineers.

Survivors include his children, David (Janie) Isaacson, Bloomington, Ill., Gay (Harry) Hoyt, Davenport, Dr. Thomas (Nancy) Isaacson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Jack was the oldest of seven children and is survived by Marjorie (Robert) Riley and Frank (Rosalyn) Edwards.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Jeanne Swengel and Madeline Isaacson; his parents; and four of his siblings and their spouses, Eloise (Robert) Gloor, Thomas (Betty), James and Richard (Frances).

Online condolences may be left at

(Source: QCOnline: July 13, 2008, 6:07 pm)

Name: John R Edwards
Age: 20
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1920
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Son
Home in 1940: Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Street: 20th Avenue
House Number: 2521
Inferred Residence in 1935: Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois
Residence in 1935: Same House
Sheet Number: 7B
Occupation: Gas Station Attendant
Attended School or College: Yes
Highest Grade Completed: College, 2nd year
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 14
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
Income: 360
Income Other Sources: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
F Ray Edwards 41
Ivan Edwards 40
John R Edwards 20
Eloise Edwards 18
Thomas H Edwards 17
James Lee Edwards 16
Richard H Edwards 13
Marjorie M Edwards 11
Frank R Edwards 8

(Source: 1940 United States Federal Census)

Name: John R. Edwards
Last Residence: 85027 Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
BORN: 9 Dec 1919
Died: 9 Jul 2008
State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois (Before 1951)

(Source: U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014)

Frank R. Edwards
Ina Johnson

Jeanne Swengel
Madeline Isaacson

David (Janie) Isaacson, Bloomington, Ill.
Gay (Harry) Hoyt, Davenport
Dr. Thomas (Nancy) Isaacson, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Family links: 
  Jeanne Kathleen Swengel Edwards (1920 - 1978)
Chippiannock Cemetery
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Nov 11, 2012
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