John R. Retzl, 78, of Bettendorf, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at his residence.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Those attending are asked to wear a mask and observe social distancing. The service will also be live streamed and may be viewed by visiting John's obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com, and clicking on the link provided just prior to 12:00 p.m. Memorial may be directed to Pregnancy Resources of the Quad Cities or to Quad City Arts.
John was born October 18, 1942 in Davenport, to John and Rachel (Claeys) Retzl. He graduated Bettendorf High School in 1960. In September of 1964 he married Karen Sue McFate, and later married Kay Anderson on October 26, 1990. In his earlier years, John co-owned and operated a Standard station in Moline. Prior to retirement in 2004, he worked for Davenport School District as a bus driver and mechanic for over 30 years.
John was an accomplished accordion player, having played in numerous local venues. He loved spending time with his family, especially going to the casinos with his brothers. He also loved to travel with Kay in their convertible. John will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kay Retzl, Bettendorf; children, Tim Retzl, Ft. Collins, Colorado, Tracy Jo Retzl, Moline; step-children, Laura (Darren) Crumbleholm, Moline, Ron (Jana) Baumbach, Davenport, Chris (Kelsi) Baumbach, LeClaire; brothers, Bob (Patricia) Retzl, Bettendorf, Steve (Karen) Retzl, Davenport, Dale Retzl, Las Vegas; sister-in-law, Lois Retzl, Davenport; three grandchildren, Zach, Ty, Adrian; eight step-grandchildren, Sydney, Chelsea, Sheldon, Gracie, Madison, Colt, Jett, Vada; two great-grandchildren, Liam and Aubrey; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Denny Retzl.