Obituary: R. 'Pete' Laing


A funeral service for R. “Pete” Laing, 76, of Davenport, was held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, at Hope Church, Bettendorf. Burial was in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation was Thursday, July 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

Mr. Laing died Sunday, July 7, 2019.

He was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Quincy, Mass., the son of Ralph and Dorothy (Smith) Laing.

He married Sharon McFarland in 1962. He later married Barbara Woodruff in 1989. She died Sept. 25, 2016.

He worked in sheet metal fabrication throughout his career, and worked as an instructor after his retirement.

He was a member of Hope Church, Bettendorf.

His hobbies were spending time with his family and watching football.

Survivors include his children, Teresa Laing-Ware (Don Ware), Karyn (Mike) Walters, and Ralph Laing II, all of Bettendorf, Roger Laing, Woodbridge, Va., and Todd Laing (Kelly Storandt), Davenport; a stepdaughter, Kelly Haynes, Davenport; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joan Ray, Rock Island.

In addition to his wife Barbara, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Phillips, and a brother, Tom Laing.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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