Hilario Rangel


Funeral Services and Mass of Christian Burial for Hilario E. “Hank Henry” Rangel, 71, a resident of Davenport, will be 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 2618 Boies Ave. Davenport.  

Burial will be at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal with military honors. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home. A prayer service will be offered at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home to begin the visitation.  Mr. Rangel passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011 at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, Davenport, after an ongoing illness.

Hilario was born August 6, 1939 in East Moline, Illinois, the son of Hilario and Lena (Blanco) Rangel.  He was united in Holy Matrimony to Celia “Sally” Ramirez on July 22, 1967 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Davenport.  

A graduate of United Township High School, Hilario attended The American Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois.  He very proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for 21 years.  Hilario was first employed at the former Eagle Foods in the Advertising Layout Department.  He was later employed by Star Forms Printing, John Deere Davenport Works, Midland Press Printing, Advance Sign Co., Suburban Landscaping Co., Hy-Vee on Rockingham as a Sign Designer and lastly at the Rock Island Fitness Center as a Recreational Specialist, retiring after 13 years.


Hilario was a member of the Father Pro Society at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Silvis.  His other memberships included the Left Bank Art League, Quad City Arts, United States Marine Corps League, Corn Belt Running Club, St. Alphonsus Choir, LULAC, Quad City Mexican-American Organization, founded by Jorge Gomez, Sr., and the Plus 60 Club.  Some of his interests were painting, being an avid Bix runner for over 30 years. Hilario was a very good guitarist playing guitar with various bands, first in high school band, then The RockenAirs, Los Macambos, Los Reales, El Sol and La Otra Mitad retiring his music after forty years.  He also enjoyed dancing, basketball, doing volunteer work and working campaigns at election time.  

He sadly leaves behind his wife Celia of 43 years, son, Nik (Val) Ramirez, Davenport; daughter, Sandi A. Sweetland, Davenport; daughter by choice, Jennifer R. Critten, Bettendorf; sisters, Dolores Rangel, Silvis, Cecelia Rangel, Rock Island, Bernadette (Maurice) Schaecher, Des Plaines, Illinois, and Estella (John Morgan) Rangel, Chicago; brothers Mike Rangel, Rock Island, Bernard Rangel, Des Moines, and Arthur Rangel, Dubuque; grandchildren Troy Sweetland, Victoria Branham, Melinda Sweetland; special granddaughter, Melissa Roose, Montana; numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; special nephew, Ricardo Rangel, Davenport, and special niece, Estrayaluz (Salvador Garcia) Rangel.  Hilario was preceded in death by his parents and son, Jose Alfredo Rangel in 1981 and his brother Richard in 2008.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Hilario’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

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