Obituary: Willard Bost


A graveside service for Willard E. Bost, 95, of Davenport, will be held on Friday, June 21, at Rock Island National Cemetery. Those wishing to attend should meet at the Runge Mortuary in Davenport by 10:30 a.m. to go in processional to the Arsenal.

Mr. Bost died Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Senior Star in Davenport.

Willard Bost was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Maumelle, Ark., the son of Alfred and Viola (Fitzhugh) Bost.

He served in the European Theater during World War II 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.

He married Ellen Louise Patrick on July 2, 1950, in Malvern, Ark.

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 to Illinois in 1958. He became a heavy equipment operator for National Disposal, and eventually retired from Peabody Coal Company in Evansville, Ind., in 1989.

He was a member of First United Presbyterian Church of Moline.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Linda (David) Williams; his granddaughters, Andrea (Peter) Frank and Lindsay (Warren) Altounian; two great-granddaughters; and a sister, Hester Felty.

Memorials may be made to First United Presbyterian Church of Moline.

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