Jack Lee Pettit
Jack Lee Pettit
  • May 1, 1930 - January 6, 2016
  • Rock Island, Illinois

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Jackie Lee "Jack" Pettit, 85, of Rock Island, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Silver Cross Pavilion, Friendship Manor, Rock Island.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 11, in the mausoleum chapel at Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery where interment will follow. No visitation will be held. Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island, is assisting with funeral arrangements.

Jack was born on May 1, 1930 in Rock Island to Charles and Mary (Robb) Pettit. He worked for many years as a laborer for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad retiring in 1994. Afterwards, he could be seen carrying his water jug and pulling his tool-loaded lawnmower around the streets of Rock Island. He developed a little neighborhood mowing service that kept him busy and his customers happy. Jack took great pride in his work and was the best at "roping" a hill, guiding a lawnmower down it as though he were driving a team of horses. A stroke derailed his lawn service, but Jack continued to find ways to be useful for himself and for others until his death. He was a true "gentle"-man and will be missed.

He is survived by sisters, Pauline Anderson and Shirley Klingsmith, both of Missouri; Stella Armstrong and a brother, Raymond, both of Wisconsin; brother-in-law, Tom Fischlein, Eldridge, IA; and several very good friends who know who they are.

His brothers, Billy and Bob, and a sister, Betty Fischlein, preceded him in death.

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