Fred M. McCormickOctober 26, 2017
Fred M. McCormick, 78, of Erie, IL, formerly of Hillsdale, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Unity Point Health – Trinity, Rock Island. Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, October 30th at Gibson – Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron. Burial will be in the Mt. Maria Cemetery, Hillsdale. Visitation is from 2:00 – 6:00 PM on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Hillsdale United Methodist Church.
Fred was born September 27, 1939 in Moline, Illinois, the son of George & Frances (Whiteside) McCormick. He married Jackie McConnell in 1959 at the Hillsdale United Methodist Church. Fred worked at the family owned Whiteside & McCormick John Deere Implement and Feed Store in Hillsdale until it closed, and farmed for 20 years. He later drove a truck for Murphy Brothers. He also had a business selling and installing water softeners which his son Shaun helped with.
During his earlier years, Fred enjoyed hunting, trap shooting, and fishing. He loved socializing and having a cup of coffee or a drink with friends. When traveling for work, he would often stop to take pictures of unique points of interest. He loved collecting family artifacts.
Fred is survived by his wife, Jackie; children, Michael (Teresa) McCormick, Modesto, CA, Kerry McCormick, Plano, TX, Shane (Patti) McCormick, Erie, Brett (Melissa) McCormick, Erie; 10 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Shaun McCormick in Oct. 2015; and sister, Patricia McCormick.