OBITUARY

Raymond V. Eickstaedt

4 October, 192514 July, 2021
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Raymond V. Eickstaedt, 95, of Bettendorf, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

Funeral services will be held at the Runge Mortuary on July 20, with a visitation beginning at 10:30 and a service starting at noon. He will be laid to rest at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Ray was born October 4, 1925, in Davenport, IA, to Arthur and Grace Eickstaedt. He was united in marriage to Arlene Rickertsen May 28, 1950, in Charlotte, IA. He proudly served our nation in the United States Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After returning home, he worked at the Rock Island Arsenal and retired in 1980. He had a second career as an aid at Mercy Hospital where he made many lifelong friends.

Ray and Arlene loved camping and traveling, spending winters in Arizona. He loved a good game of cards or dominoes, chatting with strangers, sipping on an ice cold Bud Light or Crown, and making all his grandchildren laugh.

Those left to cherish Ray’s memory are his wife, Arlene; son, Steve (Deb) Eickstaedt of Long Grove; grandchildren: Nichol (John) Fogle, Amber DeFrates, Melissa (Chad) Huston, Doug (Allison) DeFrates, and Lindsay (Peter) Erickson; 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, daughter, Nan and a great granddaughter, Jordan. He joined his daughter, Nan, in Heaven on her birthday.

  • FAMILY

  • Arthur Eickstaedt, Father (deceased)
  • Grace (Ogden) Eickstaedt, Mother (deceased)
  • Arlene (Rickertsen) Eickstaedt, Wife
  • Steve Eickstaedt (Deb), Son
  • Nan Eickstaedt, Daughter (deceased)
  • Nichol Fogle (John), Grandchild
  • Amber DeFrates, Grandchild
  • Melissa Hutson (Chad), Grandchild
  • Doug DeFrates (Allison), Grandchild
  • Lindsay Erickson (Peter), Grandchild
  • Also left to cherish his memory are 12 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.


    He was also preceded in death by his brothers, and his great granddaughter, Jordan.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, 20 July , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, 20 July , 2021

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tim rohm

18 July 2021

so sorry to hear of ray's passing. i was introduced to ray through my grandpa , bud rollston. over several years i enjoyed going to the mall and having coffee with, "the boys". i was the young whipper snapper of the bunch. the group at heavens coffee table just got another great guy. tell grandpa hi for me, love ya buddy.

Colonel Steve Garrington, Honor Flight

18 July 2021

Dear Friends,

We at Honor Flight of the Quad Cities were saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved veteran. We understand that this is a time of grief for you, and we share that grief with you. We are thankful for him and his selfless contribution of time and effort to support and defend our nation.

We are also thankful for all of you who have supported him before, during, and after his service. A wise person once said: “Those who put on the uniform are our knights of old, and our heroes of today, and our hope for the future.”

Please know that all of us at HFQC will be keeping you in our prayers.

The Board of Directors and Volunteers of
Honor Flight of the Quad Cities

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Biography

Raymond V. Eickstaedt, 95, of Bettendorf, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Funeral services will be held at the Runge Mortuary on July 20, with a visitation beginning at 10:30 and a service starting at noon. He will be laid to rest at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com. Ray was born October 4, 1925, in Davenport, IA, to Arthur and Grace Eickstaedt. He was united in marriage to Arlene Rickertsen May 28, 1950, in Charlotte, IA. He proudly served our nation in the United States Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After returning home, he worked at the Rock Island Arsenal and retired in 1980. He had a second career as an aid at Mercy Hospital where he made many lifelong friends. Ray and Arlene loved camping and traveling, spending winters in Arizona. He loved a good game of cards or dominoes, chatting with strangers, sipping on an ice cold Bud Light or Crown, and making all his grandchildren laugh. Those left to cherish Ray’s memory are his wife, Arlene; son, Steve (Deb) Eickstaedt of Long Grove; grandchildren: Nichol (John) Fogle, Amber DeFrates, Melissa (Chad) Huston, Doug (Allison) DeFrates, and Lindsay (Peter) Erickson; 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandson. Ray is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, daughter, Nan and a great granddaughter, Jordan. He joined his daughter, Nan, in Heaven on her birthday.