Richard L. VanderLeest, age 76, of Colona, died Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Manor Care in Davenport, Iowa.
Richard was born February 4, 1943 in Denver, CO the son of Robert and Amelia “Billie” (Foxall) VanderLeest. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam era where he was a computer programmer for over 20 years. Richard married Nancy Owens on September 20, 1970 in Ohio, IL. He was a member of the Vietnam Vets Chapter 299 in the Quad Cities and the American Legion Post 1233 in Colona. Richard was a Rock Island County Master Gardener.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy VanderLeest of Colona; one aunt, Ione Brown of Denver, CO; one uncle, Harold Horn, Jr. of Thornton, CO; four brothers-in-law, Harry A. Owens of Ohio, IL, Jim (Patti) Owens of LaMoille, IL, Jerry Owens of Walnut, IL and Don (Judy) Morris of Casa Grande, AZ; three sisters-in-law, Donna (Daniel) Heffernan of Hampshire, IL, Susan (Dave) Moss of Princeton, IL and Judy (Kirby) Marine of Coal Valley, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Charlotte Morris; and one brother, Robert VanderLeest.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will be Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Brian Moore officiating. Burial will be at Van Orin Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.