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William W. Blomquist

March 4, 1927 — May 10, 2003

Moline, Illinois William W. Blomquist, 76, of Moline, local business owner, died Saturday, May 10, 2003, in his home. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trimble Funeral Home, with The Reverend Dr. Kenneth Kline, First Christian Church, Moline, officiating. Burial is in Glenwood Cemetery, Coal Valley. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Niabi Zoological Society. William Wallace Blomquist was born March 4, 1927, in Moline, the son of Wallace and Grace (Dillman) Blomquist. He graduated from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, High School, and served in the U. S. Air Force's 448th Bombardment Group during the Korean War. He married Joyce Marie Nelson on December 4, 1948, in Albert Lee, Minnesota. She died June 14, 1978. He owned and operated Moline Pest Control from 1960 to 1985, and then owned and operated Crystal Bottled Water in Bettendorf from 1991 to 2001. He previously was an electrician and a fireman. He served four terms as assistant supervisor for South Moline Township and served on the Rock Island County Board for nine years. He was chairman of the Forest Preserve Committee and became very active with Niabi Zoo. He was in charge of the redesign of the zoo in the 1960's. He was a member of Moline Elks Lodge, and enjoyed gardening and bird watching. Bill is survived by three children, Julie K. Blomquist of Rock Island, Cindy L. Blomquist of Westmont, Illinois, and Steven A. Blomquist of Moline; a granddaughter, Amanda Willis; two great-grandsons, Joshua and Justin Willis; a sister Ann Wischusen of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and a brother, Clark Blomquist of Deerfield, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and a brother, Bruce Blomquist. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family by clicking 'Guestbook' on this page. END OF OBITUARY

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