Robert Lee Horton
August 26, 1930 – March 14, 2020
Robert Lee “Bob” Horton was born in Moline, IL on a sweltering August 26, 1930 and passed away peacefully on a beautiful spring day, March 14, 2020 at his home in Bettendorf, IA, after battling courageously with esophageal cancer. His birth and death is not nearly as relevant as the days and nights that he lived life to the fullest between those dates. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Weerts Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
The only child of Kenneth Leroy and Mary (Guy) Horton, Bob was loved and adored. He grew up in the Logan Elementary School area during the Great Depression, along with his neighborhood friends. Bob graduated from Moline High School and Black Hawk College.
At a very young age, “Bobby” loved building models. Any allowance he earned went straight to buying model kits, a love that lasted a lifetime up until his death. He even had his parents ship them overseas so he could assemble and give them to Korean children during the war. Bob met the love of his life, Elaine Wolfe on a blind date and they both loved attending dances and roller-skating at local venues. Elaine (‘Laine) proclaimed the day she met Bob, she was going to marry him!
Bob proudly served our country in the United States Army, during the Korean Conflict writing love letters to ‘Laine while he was gone. Upon returning from the war, they were united in marriage in Davenport, IA on March 6, 1954.
He worked for John Deere Harvester, MidAmerican Energy and Alcoa joining their Electrician Apprentice program and retiring after 34-years service as an Electrical Foreman. Bob and Elaine raised their 3 children in the same neighborhood Bob grew up in, and they followed his footsteps graduating from Moline High School and attending Black Hawk College. The Horton family enjoyed vacations by car travelling across the United States to numerous air and space museums, historical sites, hobby shops and a beach if we were lucky!
A lifelong learner, Bob was always reading to learn new things. He loved history and was especially proud when he bought the family a brand new Encyclopedia set! Bob was a member of both Riverside (Moline) and St. John’s (Davenport) United Methodist Churches. He was a Master Mason, belonging to the Moline Consistory and Doric Lodge 1014, held the Grand Cross of Color in the International Organization of Rainbow for Girls. He coached girls softball, built pinewood derby cars, engineered paper mache volcanoes for school science projects and supported his children in all their events. He was also the best Rainbow and Demolay Dad ever.
Bob belonged to Moline American Legion, IPMS (Int’l Plastic Modelers Society), Killifish Society, Ham Radio Club, Model Railroaders Club and volunteered countless hours at the Arsenal Museum after retirement. He assisted the City of Prophetstown IL and the Illinois National Guard on artillery restoration projects. Bob loved the Michael Jordan era Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, QC Thunder, QC Mallards/Storm.
Bob and Elaine enjoyed volunteering and were recruited more times than not by their daughters. They assisted with the Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Gift Shop, volunteered at The Center/St. John’s UMC, and served on the Finance and History committees of both churches.They especially enjoyed their Sunday School class and Wednesday evening Bible study at St. John’s. Bob was quite the story-teller and he loved nature, enjoying his daily trips to the Lock and Damn to watch the Eagles, the marine-life, boaters and fishermen. He always looked forward to a road trip day and marveled at the new I-74 bridge being built. He was lucky enough to see 2 bridges built in his lifetime across the Mississippi River!
Left behind to continue his legacy are his girls: Lynn (Chris) Warner, Bettendorf, IA and Naomi (Brian) Copeland, Sarasota, FL. His grandchildren were his proudest achievements: (all Petty Officers currently serving in the United States Navy), ATO1 (AW) Blair Warner; MT2 (SS) Nicholas Copeland; AO3 (AW) Andrew (Lexi Smith) Copeland, and great-grandchildren: Raiden Cole, Easton Robert and Thayne James “TJ”. Also surviving are his numerous Alcoa friends, his Church Friends and his Breakfast Friends from Duck Creek Pancake House.
Bob was well-loved and loved-well and will be missed by many because of his kind (and sometimes stubborn) personality. He brought smiles to many lives and many people brought smiles to him. Memorials may be made to The Center/St. John’s United Methodist Church in Davenport or Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.
Bob is finally reunited with his parents, his wife Elaine and his son, Eric Lee and several good lifelong friends.
Lynn and Naomi are very appreciative of the many medical professionals who have helped tremendously easing Bob’s difficult journey: Dr. Andrew Edwards, Dr. Stewart Garneau, Genesis Visiting Nurses and Genesis Home Hospice.
In the midst of the COVID-19 virus, visitation and a joint memorial service for Bob and Elaine Horton will be held at a future date at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Davenport IA. Inurnment will follow at National Cemetery on the Rock Island Arsenal.
"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy." -Eskimo Proverb
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Robert Lee Horton
March 31, 2020
Lynn, I am sorry to hear about your father Bob. I remember the times I spent with him at Alcoa. He never was our direct supervisor but we had many interactions over the years in our maintenance activities. I could tell he had a ton of various interests and could carry on a conversation on many subjects. So we have your family in our prayers. God Bess.
March 28, 2020
Fair winds and following seas my friend. You always took the time to help people and the welcome I got from you when I moved my family across the country to the Quad Cities was exceptional. I miss the road trips to museums, book stores and hobby shops along with your fascinating and funny comments about other peoples driving skills. You are one of those people that made a difference. Thank you for that Bob
March 27, 2020
First met Bob when I saw him on WQAD in 1984. He was trying to drum up new member for the local IPMS hobby club he was then running, and a course he talk me into joining. Over the years I met his wonderful wife and got to work with his two daughters who he talked into helping out on the clubs model shows that where put on in the Quad Cities. He and his family are a special Bunch. He'll be sorely missed.
March 26, 2020
Worked with Bob at Alcoa in a supervisory position and enjoyed our shifts together. Always a story to be told or listened to when we happened to be in the office at the same time. Thanks for the memories.
March 26, 2020
Your dad and mom were the sweetest neighbors! As a child, I remember visiting them in their home and admiring all of the things they both made and hearing stories about their family members. I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very sweet and special man.
March 25, 2020
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I spent many enjoyable work shifts with Robert at Alcoa. He was a great mentor and helped prepare me unknowingly to follow in his footsteps when he decided to retire. Big footsteps they were and at times it was difficult to live up to the standard of gracious leadership that he was well known for. I will always remember his excellent model building craftsmanship as well. Farewell my friend.......
Ron Thorne Jr
March 19, 2020
April and I wish to to convey are sincere condolences to the Horton family. Mr Horton was a very kind man. I met him thru our shared hobby of model building. His range of knowledge was phenomenal,
his skills were beyond amazing. I thank the Lord that I and my wife had a chance to spend time with him. A true gentleman and friend.
April & Ron Thorne