Moline Memories - MHS 66 Friends

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Moline Wins Illinois State Championship in Basketball

The 1966 class has pined for the Illinois State Championship ever since. More will follow.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Rest in Peace, Danny S. Collin, MHS 66


Danny S. Collin, 74, of Orion, peacefully passed Monday, February 13, 2023, at his home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be held 12:30 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2023, at Esterdahl Mortuary Crematory, Ltd., Moline. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, February 23, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted. Memorials may be made to GiGi’s Playhouse QC or Black Hawk Outreach Center in memory of Adrianne Leigh Reynolds.

Danny was born on August 18, 1948, in Moline, the son of Harold S. and Vivian V. (Danielson) Collin. He was a U.S. Vietnam Veteran, having served in the Navy from 1966-69. Danny married Jill Ogden on June 11, 1977, in Moline. He severed an electrical apprenticeship at Williams & White, then worked as a journeyman electrician for John Deere, retiring in 2008 after 30 years. He was a UAW union steward and member the veterans committee.  Growing up he participated in Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts. Danny enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, horseback riding and boating. He spent much of his time with his grandchildren, as they brought him so much joy. He loved attending all of their sporting events and activities with Jill, missing very few. Danny enjoyed woodworking and was an accomplished handyman.  It was an honor for him to serve others with his endless talents. 

Survivors include his wife, Jill; children, Brooke (Justin) Schatteman, East Moline, IL; Heather (Justin) Lance, Roanoke, Indiana; grandchildren, Addison, Brittyn, Jaidyn Schatteman, and Easton and Eli Lance; sister, Vicki (Francis) Fisher, Lowden, IA; brother, Jerry Collin, Colona, IL; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, Shirley Collin and sister-in-law Judy Collin.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Monday, February 13, 2023

Lawrence Eyre, MHS 66 - Then

Lawrence Eyre, MHS 66. Track meet, with a friend.

When bald Grandpa warned
Hair today gone tomorrow
I got the message.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Lawrence Eyre Interim Director at Carnegie Museum


FAIRFIELD — Lawrence Eyre has been selected to be the new interim director of the Carnegie Historical Museum.

The museum’s board of directors met in January and unanimously voted to make Eyre interim director for at least one year. Eyre assumes the role previously held by Mark Shafer, the museum’s director and visionary who died on Dec. 17, 2022. Jake Schmidt will continue in his role as the museum’s full-time curator and assistant director.

Dave Neff, president of the Carnegie Historical Museum Board of Directors, said Eyre has been a member of the board the past two years, and that the board is pleased to select him for this new role.

“Lawrence has a deep interest and is willing to share his collective knowledge on our various projects and has a vision for the future of our museum,” Neff said. “Our museum needs an individual to be the leader for our day-to-day operations.”

Eyre’s role as interim director is part-time. When he’s not at the museum, he’s teaching American history and world history at Maharishi School in Fairfield, where he’s also the girls’ tennis coach. Eyre has a degree in American Studies from Yale, and for the past six years he’s been research director for Dick DeAngelis’s Fairfield History Series, a documentary series covering different parts of Fairfield and Jefferson County’s history. DeAngelis will release the fifth film in the series later this year, and plans to do eight in all.

Story continues...

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

In Memory of Rev. Rex Alfred Bullock


Rev. Rex Alfred Bullock

August 23, 1947 - January 12, 2023


Rex's obituary

Rex Alfred Bullock was born to Foy and Doris Nell (Spears) Bullock in Jacksonville, Texas on August 23, 1947 and he passed to his heavenly reward January 12, 2023, in Tualatin, Oregon surrounded by family, singing over him “Jesus Lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly.”

In 1964, at the age of 16, Rex made a life altering decision to follow Jesus Christ while attending a camp meeting in Caldwell, Idaho. The following year he recorded his first album, “At the Altar” together with his parents. Music would continue to play a pivotal role in his journey. He would go on to record and produce numerous albums and minister to many congregations in song. While attending his senior year of high school Rex met the Great Love of his life, LaWanda Mae, whom he described in his own words as “the sweetest, most wonderful, and prettiest girl in the world.” He spent the better part of the next 2 years trying to impress her. Eventually, while driving his new blue hardtop Chevy Impala, with the wind blowing through a thick head of black hair, he succeeded. They began dating and were married the following summer on June 8, 1967, in Duncan Oklahoma.

In their first years of marriage Rex attended Augustana Lutheran College and worked full time, often during the night, as a broadcaster for Moody, both paying for his school, and supporting his growing family. Their oldest son, Jonathan Rex, was born in 1969 in Rock Island, Illinois. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in 1970, he and LaWanda relocated to Chattanooga Tennessee where he continued working as a broadcaster, and a school teacher. They welcomed their second child, a daughter, Sherilyn LaRose that same year.

He and his young family frequently toured the Holiness camp meeting circuit. They were passionate for communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ and often shared both the singing and preaching responsibilities. They dedicated themselves to full time evangelism. Drawing on his background in radio broadcasting, Rex helped launch Dayspring Ministries (now Day Media) in 1977 to teach “God’s standard for holy living.” Originally conceived as a 30 minute radio variety show, it was aired on hundreds of stations and to thousands of people around the world. In 1980 he became father a 3rd and final time, to Mark “Brittian.”

During the days following his own father’s surprising death in 1983, Rex was filled with an impassioned urgency for the harvest and would spend the remainder of his life serving in ministry. For over 40 years he planted churches, pastored multi site congregations, worked with outreaches and missions, as well as leading various denominational efforts. Rex was a story teller, drawing on a lifetime of experiences from around the world.  He used vivid first person accounts to captivate the imaginations of his audiences, and rivet them to the transformational message that he preached.

Rex continued his own education and earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries from Trinity College and Theological Seminary in conflict management. His deepening emphasis became mentoring younger generations of pastors and ministers, equipping them as they told the Story of the good news in relevant ways. Rex worked with leaders from the US, Haiti, India, China, the Philippians and across the continent of Africa. He continued to preach into the final months of his life. His commitment to God’s Purpose remained undiminished to the end, and "lived a life of no regrets, no reserves, and retreats." 

While Rex was beloved by so many, it was his immediate family who most often and most directly saw his generosity of heart. Rex fiercely cared for his children, their spouses, and grandchildren—proudly attending performances, games, graduations, and milestone moments. He could often be found in the stands, snacking on whatever LaWanda had packed for them, cheering loudly, and having close quarters conversations with whomever was sitting next to him. He modeled a practical kind of love, running to the grocery store countless times in one afternoon, delivering supplies, taking food to the sick, making surprise visits, and even baby sitting in a pinch. He challenged his family to strive for excellence, at the same time communicated how proud he was of them, and also supported them to cross the finish line. Even in his final hours, Rex continued to care take and dote on his family.

Rex leaves behind a legacy of Grace and Love. He is survived by his wife, LaWanda (Gordon) Bullock of Tualatin, OR, and his children, Jonathan (Tyrome) Bullock of Portland, OR, Sherilyn (Allan) Lombos of Tualatin, OR, and “Brittian” (Kristi) Bullock, Ridgefield, WA. He also leaves behind 7 grandchildren; Paris, Gordon, Canon Rex, Ransom, Judah, Maxine, and Mercer Alfred. He is also mourned by his brother Knox, his sister Beth, and their families. He leaves behind close ties with nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and their children. He counted thousands as family and friends in Christ.