Jon Kenneth Newkirk
Jon Kenneth Newkirk
  • November 20, 1944 - March 4, 2015
  • Rock Island, Illinois

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Jon Kenneth Newkirk, age 70 of Rock Island, died Wednesday, March 04, 2015, in Rock Island.

In accordance with his wishes, his body has been cremated. A celebration of his life and picnic lunch will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sunset Park, Rock Island. The family will receive visitors at the large picnic shelter on the east side of Lake Potter, where they hope to share food, fellowship, and memories with those who knew Jon. Memorials may be made to WVIK Augustana Public Radio, Rock Island, IL.

Jon was born on November 20, 1944 in Mauston, Wisconsin, the son of Kenneth and Selma (Bettendorf) Newkirk. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He later graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and then came to Rock Island to begin his career at the Social Security Administration, which lasted from 1970 until his retirement in 2004.

On November 20, 1989, he received the best birthday present of his life when he married Margaret "Peggy" (Hunter) Kurrle, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He had a very quick wit, wonderful sense of humor, and a perfect lawn. In his free time he enjoyed working out at RIFAC, and spending time and playing with his grandkids.

Jon loved deeply, and leaves to honor his memory his wife, Peggy, Rock Island; stepsons, Chad Kurrle, Orion, IL, and Clint Kurrle, Moline; grandchildren, Chase and Kodilynn; and his "spiritual brother," Harold Newkirk, Cottage Grove, WI.

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