John R. "Deke" Bedford
Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home
614 Main Street
Davenport, IA

John R. "Deke" Bedford

September 15, 1933-October 14, 2021

DAVENPORT-Funeral services and a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for John R. "Deke" Bedford, 88, of Davenport, will be 10:30am Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport. Following his wishes the rite of cremation was accorded, and burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Tuesday, from 4:00 until 7:00pm at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Deke died Thursday, October 14, 2021, at the Kahl Home, surrounded by his family.

John Robert Bedford was born September 15, 1933 in Davenport, son of Robert I. and Helen K. (O'Donnell) Bedford. After his mother's untimely passing his father married Camille Andre who lovingly joined the family and helped raise the children. He was united in marriage to Carol Regina Cox on January 16,1960 at Holy Family Church, Davenport. She preceded him in death on April 24, 2008.

Deke worked all his life in sales retiring from Lindquist Ford in Bettendorf after many years of service. He was known for his sense of humor, unconditional love for his children and grandchildren, Sunday dinners with family, and Tuesday night dinner outings. He loved to golf with his sons and many friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Steve Sorensen and the Davenport Clinic staff, and Genesis Hospice nurse Betsy for their compassionate care.

Survivors include his children; Beth Bedford (Steve Goke), Jeanne (Paul) Denis, Bob (Stacie) Bedford, Dave (Carol) Bedford, John (Nikki) Bedford, and Joe (Ayla) Bedford, grandchildren: Katy (Marcus) Rush, Samuel Goke, Trenton (fiancé Alyssa) Bedford, Sierra (Adam) Martensen, Angela (Jake) Klemme, Trisha (Keith) Braafhart, Michele Wakeland (Brian Jackson), Hannah Caffery, Anthony (Mariah), Erin, Joseph, and Grace Denis, Rylee and Tommy Bedford; great grandchildren: Kellan and Aidan Rush, Adler and Jack Martensen, Kaden, Nolan, Isabella and Jaxon Klemme, and Sawyer Braafhart; a brother, Larry (Wanda) Bedford; sister in law, Shirley Cox; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Thomas John Bedford, his siblings, Kathleen Bartnick, Barbara Shaw, and an infant brother, David Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to All Saints Catholic School or to the River Bend Food Bank.

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Published by Quad-City Times on Oct. 17, 2021.
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Hugs and kisses to you and your family! Rest in Heavenly peace Deke
Row and Doug
October 17, 2021
To all you Bedford kiddos,such a loss for you all.Your Dad was a great guy who always made me laugh.I loved running into him at the Mall back in the day and walking with him.He will be missed by many.Take comfort in knowing your Dad is with your Mom and Tommy.We love you and are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathleen O´Donnell Fitzgibbon
October 17, 2021
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