|Date Of Birth:||06/07/1938|
|Date Of Death:||05/26/2012|
|Service Date:||June 16, 2012
5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Celebration of Life Gathering
Marshall County Airport
Neil L. Pobanz, 73, of Varna, IL, formerly of East Moline, IL.,
died Saturday, May 26, 2012 8:30 p.m. at Proctor Hospital in
Peoria. Cremation rites were accorded. A private
funeral was held on Monday, May 28, 2012.
Neil was born June 7, 1938 in Geneseo, IL. to Clifford L. and
Enid (Drehmer) Pobanz. He was married to Carolyn Hosp, from
October 12, 1963 to 1976. He then was married to Judy Hodges, from
April 29, 1977 to 1986.
He grew up in Galva, IL., and graduated from Galva High
School. He resided most of his life in East Moline, IL but
moved to Varna, IL., 1993. He attended Parks College,
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors
include: daughter, Brenda (Art) Williams, Livermore, CA, son, Chad
Pobanz, Peoria, their mother Carolyn Pobanz, Germantown Hills and
special friend, Nancy Umphress, Lacon, IL. Also surviving are
Willicene Pobanz, step-mother, Geneseo, Darold ( May) Cherry,
step-brother, Round Rock, TX., Marilyn ( Gary) Bourne, step-sister,
Geneseo, and cousins -- Sandra Pobanz, Scottsdale, AZ. ,
Pauline Westerlund Makowski, Susan Westerlund Egbert,
Pricilla Westerlund Blattner, Diane Westerlund, Steven, Richard,
Roger and Daniel Westerlund.
Neil's extensive and dedicated career in aviation included
Military Service: U.S. Army from 1961-1963, and after discharge, he
continued employment as a civilian at Rock Island Arsenal in
Illinois, and after 32 years experience he retired from the
position of Army Material Command Aviation Officer.
1995 to present, Neil was the manager of Marshall County Airport
in Lacon, IL. Under his leadership the airport received the award
for Small General Aviation Airport of the year in Illinois. Neil
was also previous owner-operator of the FBO of Lacon Aero Service
Inc., Marshall County Emergency Services Disaster Agency
Coordinator, and senior technical consultant for American Bonanza
Neil was inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame and
has received much recognition and many awards too numerous to
mention for his performance and endeavors to promote aviation
safety, especially addressing aging aircraft issues, continuing
education, mentoring young people interested in aviation,
especially CAP, maintaining communications with government
officials in aviation matters and involved in aviation repair at
the yearly Oshkosh EAA AirVenture.
Memorials may be directed to:
Civil Air Patrol, Quad City Composite Squadron, Quad City Intl
AirportCAP BLDG, Moline, IL 61265,
or the Lacon-Sparland Fire Protection District.
The family wishes to thank Lacon Emergency Response, Proctor
Hospital Staff, and various medical personnel, family and friends
for their support during this difficult time.
The Lenz Memorial funeral Home in Lacon is in charge of the
arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at
All family and friends are invited to share their memories of
Neil at an informal gathering at the Marshall County Airport,
Saturday, June 16, anytime between 5-9 pm.