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Leo Cooksey

April 12, 1929 — September 16, 2014

Leo "Tip" Cooksey, 85, of Silvis, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be noon Friday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis, with visitation two hours prior to service time. The Rev. Curtis Fee, of New Life Church in Davenport, where Tip was a member, will be officiating. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to the Silvis Fire Department. Tip was born April 12, 1929, in Chicago, the son of Sal and Iris Hanna Cooksey. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He worked at Rock Island Lines as a machinist and the Silvis Police Department at various times totaling 20 years, also serving as chief. Most recently, he worked at the QC Airport as a safety service officer and chief and was an election official for Rock Island County. Tip enjoyed golfing and was a member of Golfmohr. He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion and Silvis Eagles and was a charter member of the Silvis Optimist Club. Tip was loved by many friends and family in the city of Silvis and Rock Island County. Survivors include his son, Charles (Mary) Cooksey, Moline; niece, Sheryl, Florida; nephew, Butch, Colorado; several great-nieces and -nephews. Also surviving are Gene (Karen) Leibovitz and Bob Leibovitz, who were like family to him, and a special friend, Rochelle Kindelsperger. Tip was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Clara, Bud, Harriett, Butch and Ben; and an aunt and uncle, Trube and Dolly.
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