Richard “Rick” Whittington, 64, of Geneseo, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at his home. A memorial service was at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16 at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., in East Moline. A visitation was from 2 p.m. until the service time on Sunday, July 16. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a local animal shelter, Rebuilding Together or to Crossroads Church, in East Moline.

Richard “Rick” Whittington, 64, of Geneseo, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at his home. A memorial service was at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16 at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., in East Moline. A visitation was from 2 p.m. until the service time on Sunday, July 16. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a local animal shelter, Rebuilding Together or to Crossroads Church, in East Moline.

Rick was born July 24, 1952, in Annawan, the son of Raymond and Anna Jean (Vermeere) Whittington. He married Marilyn Land on June 27, 1970, in East Moline. He retired as a Ready Mix driver from the former Moline Consumers in 1993. After retirement, he owned and operated Blondie’s Restaurants and construction businesses and eventually became a hobby farmer. He enjoyed his grandkids and his animals.

Rick was the first patient in the Midwest to receive an artifical heart who was allowed to go home with the device. He received a heart transplant in 2011.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Marilyn; children, Vicki (Joe) Wright, of Silvis; and Richard Whittington (Michelle Simms), of Rock Island; grandchildren, Jacob, James, Jason and Kaitlin Wright and Joseph (Jennifer) and Shelby Whittington; siblings, David (RoJean) Whittington, Theresa (Steve) Klotz, Michael (Trudy) Whittington and Steven (Missy) Whittington, all of Geneseo; and sister-in-law, Sue Whittington. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Dan.