Robert A. Meirhaeghe, 75, of Orion died Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Rock Island, Rock Island. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Orion. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd., Orion. Burial was at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal, where military honors were conducted by Orion VFW Post 143 and Orion American Legion Post 255.

Robert A. Meirhaeghe, 75, of Orion died Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Rock Island, Rock Island.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Orion. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd., Orion. Burial was at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal, where military honors were conducted by Orion VFW Post 143 and Orion American Legion Post 255.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or to the Henry County Humane Society.

Robert was born July 30, 1942, at the former Moline Public Hospital, the son of Julian and Alice Deseranno Meirhaeghe. He married Judith Carlson on Sept. 16, 1967, at Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover. They renewed their vows Feb. 20, 2017, on Navarre Beach, Fla., and were planning another ceremony with family later this year.

Robert was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church; VFW. Post 143, where he served a member of the Honor Guard and as a trustee; and Orion Sportsman’s Club, where he was a board member.

Robert served in the U.S. Army for two years as a construction carpenter with the 538th Engineering Battalion in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. He was discharged on May 8, 1966.

Robert worked as a union carpenter in the Quad Cities, retiring as carpenter at JD Harvester Works, East Moline, on Jan. 31, 2005, after 26 years. In 1976, he built the home he lived in with his wife.

Robert enjoyed woodworking, shooting archery, picks, deer hunting, racing pigeons and other Belgian activities. He also enjoyed doing chicken runs with Deena and fishing with Lisa. Robert loved to attend his grandchildren’s activities and was a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bulls, and Bears.

In earlier years, he served as a police officer for the village of Orion, through the Henry County Sheriff’s Department in Cambridge.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Meirhaeghe; daughters, Deena (Rob) Beck of Ophiem and Lisa Meirhaeghe of Alpha; grandchildren, Denise (Brian) Simpson of Morrison, Derek Beck of Monmouth, Paige Beck and Spencer Beck, both of Ophiem, and Hope Mital of Alpha; great-grandson, Ivan Lee Simpson, and great-granddaughter, Payton, expected in December; sister, Jeanne Landis of Houston; nephews, Dan, Dave and Doug; niece, Sloan; and his beloved dog, Echo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Joyce Henderson; and a granddaughter, Erica Mital.

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