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Willard E. Bost

August 15, 1923June 2, 2019

Willard E. Bost, 95, of Davenport, IA passed away Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Senior Star where he and his wife resided.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 in National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Those wishing to attend, please meet at the Runge Mortuary by 10:30 a.m. to go in procession to the Arsenal. Memorials may be made to First United Presbyterian Church, Moline, IL.

Willard was born August 15, 1923 in Maumelle, AR to Alfred G. and Viola L. (Fitzhugh) Bost. He married Ellen Louise Patrick on July 2, 1950 in Malvern, AR. They had one child, Linda C. Williams.

During WWII, Willard served in the European theater with the 71st Infantry. During his service he was awarded a Purple Heart, European/African/Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Battle Stars, Combat Infantryman Badge, World War II Victory Ribbon, and American Theater Ribbon. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Prior to the war, he worked at National Lead and drove trucks. Following the war, he drove semi-trucks and operated a gas station in Arkansas before moving with his family to Illinois in 1958. Eventually he became a heavy equipment operator for National Disposal. He retired from Peabody Coal Company in 1989 in Evansville, IN. Willard was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Moline.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Louise; daughter, Linda (David) Williams; granddaughters, Andrea (Peter) Frank and Lindsay (Warren) Altounian; great-granddaughters, Cecilia and Clare Frank; and his sister, Hester Felty.

He was preceded in death by both parents and his brothers, Raymond and Leroy Bost.


  • First United Presbyterian Church


  • Graveside Service Friday, June 21, 2019


Willard E. Bost

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Peter Frank

June 5, 2019

We have brought Willard's two great granddaughters, Cecilia and Clare, to see him at Senior Star over the last few years. Somewhere in those visits, we figured out that bouncing a balloon around was a game that worked for the great-granddaughters and him. He'd happily play that with them for as long as they wanted. Here (pictured) at the end of one of those games he gave Clare (four at the time) a fist bump. I always enjoyed how he would engage with the his great-granddaughters, and still had a sense of play at 95 or so.