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Rydur J. Newton

August 13, 1969 — May 5, 2023

Rapids City, Illinois

Rydur Newton 53, of Rapids City, Illinois died Friday May 5, 2023. 

A hospitality gathering to celebrate Rydur’s life will be 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at CityView Celebrations at Trimble Point, lower level of 701 12th Street, Moline, Illinois.  Please wear casual attire, as if you were just stopping by to share a drink with him.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chaeys Newton, for a fund to be established in Rydur’s memory.

Rydur Jay Newton was born August 13, 1969, the only son of Jay & Kaye Newton.

Rydur married Amy Shipman on July 31, 2004, in Rapids City, where they made a home together and raised their children.

His hobbies included ATV riding/racing, camping, kayaking, boating, and hanging out in his garage (or yours) having a beer. Rydur also spent countless hours talking with friends.

Rydur enjoyed many home improvement projects around his home. He had a special place in his heart for Eric and their unofficial company “Two Brothers-in-Law Service & Repair”.

In his younger years, Rydur worked as a CNC programmer at Modform, CMT, Swan, Fosbinders among other companies.  Rydur claimed to be a Mazak God.

Rydur and Amy are the proud owners of Moline Monument.  Rydur engraved granite monuments for thousands of families of lost loved ones over the years.  He took great pride in every granite memorial stone he engraved and placed in memory of the dearly departed’s final resting place. 

His career was his passion, and he took great pride in his workmanship and treasured all the friendships made along the way. Rydur loved people and couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone he knew.  Rydur never met a stranger.

Rydur was selfless and lived his life for others. He especially loved taking care of Amy.  There was no Rydur without Amy, and no Amy without Rydur as they were inseparable.

Rydur is survived by his wife, Amy; sons, Chaeys (Taylor) Newton, Chevy (Camryn) Smith; daughter, Kyleigh Newton; his parents; sisters, Taley (Mark) Steele, and Kechia (Randy) Hignight; nine nieces and nephews; two grandchildren and one on the way.

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