Esequiel Bernardo “Bernie” Rangel Obituary


The funeral of Esequiel Bernardo “Bernie” Rangel, 76, formerly of Silvis, IL, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 22 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Silvis. Interment will be at Rock Island National Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline, where a rosary will be said at 3 p.m. Mr. Rangel died on Friday, September 9, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Bernie was born September 28, 1945 in Moline, IL, the son of Hilario and Lena (Blanco) Rangel. Bernie proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and then as an instructor in the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves. and U.S. Army Reserves. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant after more than 30 years of service. Bernie’s passion in life was to learn. He graduated from UTHS Class of 1963 and later taught there. He excelled in cross-country and wrestling. He attended Blackhawk College, Augustana College and earned a BS from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, earned technical certificates from Scott Community College in Welding, Body Mechanics, Diesel Mechanics, and Automotive Repair. He was in the process of earning a graduate degree at Western Illinois University when his devotion to caring for his parents led to an 11-year hiatus from his studies. Bernie worked at Rock Island Lines, ADM, International Harvester, and retired as a union carpenter. His many interests included official wrestling, volleyball, basketball, football, softball, and baseball. His favorite sport was basketball, but he was most proud of his experience as a college volleyball umpire. He married Catherine (Coker) Creighton on September 8, 2019, on Sunset Beach at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Creighton, Urbandale, IA; son-in-law, Paul (Sarah) Creighton, Davenport, IA; step-grandchildren, Miley and Owen Creighton; siblings, Estella (John Morgan) Rangel, Rolling Meadows, IL, Cecilia Rangel, Rock Island, IL, Mike Rangel, Davenport, IA; brother-in-law, Maurice Schaecher, Des Plaines, Illinois; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Richard Rangel, Arthur Rangel, Dolores Rangel, Hilario (Henry) Rangel and Bernadette Schaecher. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to USA Softball of Illinois for their umpire education program. Online condolences can be left for the family at Send submissions to Jon Hand, USA Softball of Illinois 21625 E. County Line Rd Maple Park, Illinois 60151 c/o Umpire Training Fund

Posted on September 18, 2022

Posted in the Des Moines Register

service information


Van Hoe Funeral Home, 1500 Sixth St., East Moline, IL

September 21, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

funeral service

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Silvis, IL

September 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM


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