Melvin E. Rosenthal
Melvin E. Rosenthal
  • August 19, 1936 - December 25, 2014
  • Rock Island, Illinois

Share This Obituary

Melvin E. "Blackie" Rosenthal, age 78 of Rock Island, died Thursday, December 25, 2014 at his home.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Melvin was born on August 19, 1936 in Rock Island, the son of Henry and Mabel (Thompson) Rosenthal. He married Becky A. Barks on December 23, 1961. She preceded him in death on May 16, 1988.

Mr. Rosenthal worked for J.I. Case Company in Rock Island for 25 years. In his free time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking drives in his car, and with his wife in earlier years attending auctions and antique shows.

Survivors (and spouses) include his sons, Melvin (Pam) Rosenthal, Rock Island, Jeff Rosenthal, Rock Island, Randy (Becki) Rosenthal, Davenport, and Tom Rosenthal, Moline; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marilyn and Carol Rosenthal, Alma Bia, and Phyllis Swink; sister-in-law Eileen (Lew) Wiley, Eliza, IL; and brother-in-law, Fred (Pam) Barks, Rock Island.

In addition to his wife, Becky, his parents, brothers Richard and Clifford Rosenthal, and sisters, Bernice Muller, Elizabeth Johnson, and Katherine Kaesbarer preceded Mr. Rosenthal in death.

Condolences and remembrances may be left at