Arnold Jerry Newsum

January 18, 1931February 2, 2019

Arnold J. Newsum, 88, of Davenport, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 at his home in Davenport. Visitation will be held 4 to 7pm, Tuesday February 5 at Weerts Funeral Home, Jersey Ridge and Kimberly. Funeral service will be held 10:00am Wednesday February 6 at Weerts Funeral Home. Interment will take place at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials in Arnold’s name may be made to the family.

Arnold was born in 1931, the son of Earl and Marguerite (Cole) Newsum in Waterloo, Iowa. Arnold proudly entered into the armed services in 1948 and served his country until he retired in 1977. He married Wilberta Strassenberg on October 22, 1955. He was a member of the American Legion Post #26, and the Davenport Radio Control airplane group. Besides Radio controlled planes he enjoyed camping and fishing and especially enjoyed spending the cherished time he had with his family and friends.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife, 2 daughters, Juliana (Robert) Herath, Roanoke, IL, Jeri Lynn Newsum, Maquoketa, Iowa, 1 son David (Susan) Newsum, Donahue, IA, 6 grandchildren Rachel (Tyler) Biehl, Sarah (Kris) Proctor, Stephanie (Jimmy) Skadal, Karisa Hoag, Kayla Hoag, and Noah Hoag, 1 sister Jaquie (Gary) McCully.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sister Viola and Brother in law Jake Molhoek, 2 grandchildren Kristen Newsum and Kassandra McWilliams.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Arnold Jerry Newsum

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George McCord

February 7, 2019

Dear Willie and Family,

We are sorry for your loss but rejoice that Jerry is in the arms of Jesus. Jerry was a blessing to our church family. He had the gift of teaching and could expound upon Gods Word. His testimonies and prayers refreshed our spirits.

Jerry loved food and loved to break bread. Great memories of our potlucks in the church basement and doing lunch at Harlan’s.

After many years of friendship, Jerry shared his experiences of war in Korea. He witness the horrors of battle. We pray God used us to show Jerry Gods unconditional love. Jerry’s battle is over and he is resting in the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ.

You are in our thoughts and prayers. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you always.

Love and Prayers.

Pastor George R. McCord

John P Biondo

February 5, 2019

I enjoyed building and flying RC airplanes with Jerry. He was a kind and generous soul. I met him a short time after I moved here from Hamilton Ohio. We spent quite a bit of time out of the field flying airplanes, sharing a meal, and collaborating on projects. I always helped JERRY where I could in setting up and testing his airplanes. He shared many experiences with me about his military background, family life and most of all his spiritual beliefs. My life and work took me in a different direction and I regrettably only stayed in touch periodically over the past several years. He was a great mentor to me and I will forever cherish the time we spent together. My condolences and thoughts are with Wilberta and the family.

Keith Jansen

February 5, 2019

Just wanted to offer my condolences to David and his family. I was a classmate and friend of David’s back in high school.