Arlyn 'Shorty' Hancock obituary

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

Arlyn M. “Shorty” Hancock, 87, of Moline, formerly of Cambridge and Orion, died on Jan. 31, 2015, at Amber Ridge Memory Care, Moline.

Shorty was born on Aug. 26, 1927, in Colona Township, the son of Melvin and Lila Gainey Hancock.

He married Marilyn J. Hogren on June 21, 1952, in Orion. She died on June 15, 1996.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lynell “John” Hancock and Don Hancock; and special uncle, Fred Hancock.

Survivors include daughters, Laura (Steven) Douglas of Geneseo and Lisa (Tony) Stiles of Orion; grandchildren, Eric Douglas, Trisha Douglas, Craig Stiles, Kristina (fiancée, Nick Lampe) Stiles and Cory Stiles; special friend, Carolyn Ossian of Cambridge; brother, Gerald (Barb) Hancock of Cambridge; sisters-in-law, Marcia Cox of Orion and Marlene (Bob) Riceman of Texas; brothers-in-law, Marvin (Judy) Hogren and Marshall “Howdy” (Alice) Hogren, both of Orion; and several nieces, nephews, golf buddies and card club friends.

He worked as a farmer and for Clark Feed & Supply, retiring from farming in 1993.

He was a veteran, having served as a medic in the United States Army.

Shorty graduated from Orion High School in 1945. During his time there, he played every sport they offered. Later, he was inducted into the Orion High School Hall of Fame.

Shorty’s love of sports continued on after high school. He also enjoyed ever-popular fast-pitch softball, including playing in the ISL World Tournament in Long Beach, Calif. in 1958. He even continued to play golf until September 2014.

Shorty was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Orion and Valley View Country Club. He was also a member of card club and was a former member of the Viking Club, where he enjoyed dancing.

Please remember me when I could remember you.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1001 9th St., Orion. Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at the church. Burial will be at Glennwood Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Orion, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting esterdahl.com.