The Runge Mortuary & Crematory

838 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA


Kenneth H. Wolverton

February 21, 1924November 7, 2019

Kenneth Harlan Wolverton, age 95, died on November 7 at Trinity Hospital, Bettendorf, after a short illness.

Ken was born in Davenport, IA, son of George H. Wolverton and Ruth M. (Beaucock) Wolverton on Feb 21, 1924. He spent most of his childhood raised on a farm near Yarmouth, IA where he assisted on the farm and drove a school bus at age 15. He also lived in Morning Sun, IA and Oconto and Pensaukee, WI. Upon graduation from High School, his parents enrolled him in a Drafting school at the Corp of Engineers, Rock Island, IL. He worked and studied there until he was drafted at age 19. He served in the US Army from 1943 to 1946 and completed basic training at Camp Joseph T Robinson in Arkansas. He was a Sergeant in Company B, 407th INF, and also served in the102nd Airborne Division in Europe during WWII.

Returning home from the war, he graduated from the University of WI, in Madison and got his BS in Mechanical Engineering. While in Madison, he met the love of his life, Edythe M. Williams, at the movie “Song of the South” (their favorite movie). They married on Nov 25, 1950. They moved to Savanna, IL to work at the Savanna Army Depot and then moved to Moline, IL to work as an Engineer for the Troy Laundry division at Ametek INC. in East Moline. They raised 4 children in Moline until he was transferred to Arlington, TX, retiring in 1981.

With encouragement and support of family, together they built their retirement home on Cedar Creek Lake near Trinidad, TX. They lived many wonderful years on the lake, enjoying their time together, entertaining family and friends, daily happy hours on their deck, boating, fishing and loving each other. They both returned to Bettendorf, IA in 2008 and lived at the Fountains Senior Living. He always said, he lived a great life and, at age 95, he was ready to go. He had a great sense of humor and always made those around him smile and laugh, even at the end. He will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister (June Rothlauf) and brother (Dale Wolverton).

Survivors include Judy (Bob) Bebber of Westminster, CO, Jan (Jim) Jeffery ofMoline, IL, Jim (Beth Pierce) Wolverton of Austin, TX and Jack (Kate) Wolverton of Pace, FL. He and Edye had 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

There is will be a private family burial at a later date where he will be buried at the RIA Cemetery along with the love of his life. Together forever!


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Kenneth H. Wolverton

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