Samuel W. Haglund, 91, of East Moline, formerly of Orion, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at Park Vista Assisted Living, East Moline.

Samuel W. Haglund, 91, of East Moline, formerly of Orion, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at Park Vista Assisted Living, East Moline.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. with a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd., Orion. Cremation rites were accorded and private inurnment will be in National Cemetery at the Rock Island Arsenal at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Orion.

Samuel was born on Jan. 16, 1926, in Princeton, the son of Clara Neal and Carl Haglund. He married Virginia Pettifer Rossi on April 19, 1947, in Moline.

He worked for IH Farmall in tractor repair, retiring in 1981 after 39 years. Following his retirement, he continued to farm in Orion and help the Henry County Road Commissioner.

Samuel was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Orion, U.A.W. Local 2282 in Rock Island, Orion American Legion Post 255 and Moline Turner’s Club.

He was a very gifted woodworker and built homes specializing in cabinetry and electrical work. He also built his home in Hawaii.

Samuel was a veteran, having proudly served in the U.S. Army in Okinawa under Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He felt honored to take part in the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities and was proud of his brick at the Orion Area Veterans Monument in Orion.

Samuel loved music and was a jazz enthusiast, especially enjoying Bix music. He liked walking at the mall and playing golf. After losing his sight, Samuel listened to many talking books.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Haglund of East Moline; children, Norma Lee (Donald) Anderson of Rio, Joseph (Marilyn) Rossi of Murray, Ky., Carol (Jim) McDermott of St. Charles, Mo., Samuel Neal (Jennifer) Haglund of Wilmington, N.C., and Marilyn (John) Phipps, Key Largo, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Theresa Anderson Abel.

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