Obituary: Robert McDermott


Robert “Bob” L. McDermott, 85, of Eldridge, passed away on Jan. 4, 2021, at Manor Care.  A visitation was held on Friday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m., with a service at 11 a.m. at the Cunnick-Collins Mortuary.  Burial followed at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorials may be left to King’s Harvest Animal Shelter.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Bob was born on Jan. 15, 1935, in Davenport, to Leo and Lucille (Crump) McDermott.  He was united in marriage to Barbara Nicholson on Aug. 20, 1976, in Davenport.  Bob was a typesetter by trade, working for several print shops.  He also partnered with Quad City Reprographics in Moline, as a cameraman, from which he retired in 2001.

Bob enjoyed coaching Little League baseball in his younger years at North West Leagues.  He had a championship team that went to Williamsport.  However, his greatest joy was being “Poppy” to Carson, Carley, Caden, and Cayla.

Bob is survived by his wife Barb, son Barry (Carol) McDermott of Buhl, Idaho, Debbie (Pat) Green of Clinton, Linda (Jon) Young of Eldridge, and Michele (Clint) Youngquist of Eldridge; 14 grandchildren, numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a son “Peanut,” a daughter Lora, a brother, and three sisters.


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