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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jack Sundine, Moline Daily Dispatch

Jack Sundine was the editor of the Dispatch while we were growing up.

GENESEO, Ill. — Jack Sundine, 91, formerly of Moline, died peacefully on Friday, September 2, 2011, at his home in Geneseo, Ill.

According to his wishes, his body is being donated to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. A private family gathering is planned.

Jack Sundine was born in Moline on April 6, 1920, to August and Florence (Rogers) Sundine. On March 30, 1946, in San Francisco, Calif., he married Patricia Niemeyer. That marriage ended in divorce. In 1988, he married Loretta Trainer, who preceded him in death in 1993.

Mr. Sundine graduated from Moline High School, attended Augustana College and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism. After attending U.S. Midshipman School at Notre Dame and serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, he retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of captain. He was co-publisher and editor of the Moline Dispatch Newspaper for 19 years, retiring in 1969. He lived in Florida for many years.

Mr. Sundine was active in many organizations in the Quad-Cities, including as president of the Moline Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Metropolitan Airport Commission of Rock Island County, chairman of the Rock Island County Cancer Society, chairman of the Illinois Public Aid Commission, vice-president of the Illinois Public Airport Association, senior professional member of the Illinois Aeronautics Board and member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. He was also active in the ACLU and NAACP. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline for many years before moving to Florida. Throughout his life, he took an active interest in politics and current events. After retirement, he enjoyed freelance writing.

Survivors include a daughter, Stephanie (Victor DeRenzi) Sundine of New York, N.Y.; a sister, Jo Schneider of Austin, Texas; three granddaughters, Francesca MacBeth, Kate Laver and Stephanie Kruse; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Jeanne Gorham, a son, John Sundine, and a daughter, Krista Kruse.

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