Deceased Classmates & Guests

Jack Dye

Jack Dye, 86, of Moline, well-known teacher and coach, died Sunday, May 3l, 2015, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.
Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th St., Moline. Services to mark a life well-lived will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Congregational Church in Moline, with the Rev. Craig Jan-McMahon officiating. Interment will follow at Moline Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Jack Dye Scholarship Fund at Moline High School.
Jack was born in Rock Island on Oct. l2, 1928, to Frank and Edith Wold Dye. He graduated from Rock Island Public Schools, where he enjoyed a variety of work and athletics. He graduated from Augustana College with a degree in history and education. He worked briefly at IBM, but the classroom called, and he returned to start his teaching career at Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo, soon to move on to the Moline School District, teaching first at John Deere Junior High and later at Moline High School. He loved coaching basketball, golf and tennis and enjoyed the daily challenge of engaging students in timely discussions about the social sciences. He earned his master's degree in administration from Western Illinois University and served as department head for many years in social studies.
Jack was instrumental in starting the Moline Hall of Honor for Moline graduates and recently earned induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. His razor wit and rapid-fire delivery coupled with a near-photographic memory were feared and admired throughout the community.
He met the love of his life, Charlotte Joy Shipley, in 1953, and, after a whirlwind courtship, they married on March 20, 1954, in Moline. He raised three true Moliners and several Boston terriers while maintaining his park-like lawn. Jack also kept busy, as was his habit, by working outside of education as well. He loved the Moline downtown and enjoyed working at Ydeen's Men's Wear, where he would hold court and sell quality suits. Jack did not fully embrace retirement and stayed busy volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and Arrowhead Ranch. He also attended countless athletic events of his grandchildren and kept many Moline athletes supplied with special laminated accounts of their achievements. Jack also served as historian of Wharton Field House and co-authored a book with George Van Vooren on the history of Moline basketball. Jack was a lifelong "Dye-hard" Chicago Cub fan and really believed that this could be their year.
Jack is survived by his children and their spouses, Brad and Joanna Dye, Moline, Jeff Dye and Tammie Newvine-Erskine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jodi and Mark Zimmerman, Moline; grand-children, Jared and Derek Dye and Jessica and Jenna Zimmerman; brothers-in-law, Gene Shipley and Ron and Lou Shipley, all of Moline; and several nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his lovely wife, Joy, and brothers, William and Donald Dye.
Jack's family extends thanks and appreciation to the staffs at Heartland Health Care Center and the Wound Care Clinic and invites friends to share stories and condolences and light a free candle in his memory at

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06/03/15 08:36 AM #2    

Dr. Thomas A Herbert

I knew Coach Dye from the days he was at JDJHS. The freshman basketball team of 58-59 was a great one under his coaching. The image I have of Jack was the day he was in a freethrow contest with Gordy. I was standing off to his right as Jack made about ten in a row; I still see his sensitive fingertip touch on the ball as he put each one up. There was great sensitivity in the man along with his keen wit and good humor.

My thoughts are with his family and all that knew him for his great human attributes. 

P.S. After seeing Jack at our 50th I bought a Pork Pie hat just like the one he sold me at Ydeens in 1960.

06/03/15 12:48 PM #3    

Frances R Harris

Having Mr. Dye for civics at John Deere was an exciting experience. He brought high energy to every class. I will always remember the daily up dates about the farm crisis and his double-edged jokes about throwing out food to help the farm crisis. Good memories are left with so many of us. 

06/03/15 07:23 PM #4    

Russell D Howard

Jack Dye left a vivid impression on me for two reasons. First, he was a great salesman for Ydeens where I bought my first suit and told me you may have a chance to make the basketball team and I will give you a discount to try out. Actually his words were " nope, not good enough, but keep putting more arc on the ball and you will do well in college playing intramurals." Ironically, I did. Secondly, his positive attitude and his wit and smooth demeanor in class was a joy that added to all our lives. A good man will be missed.    

06/04/15 08:51 AM #5    

Karen Lootens (Chantry)

I did not know him and heard of his death from his niece, Cindy Shipley Meers. Condolences to the family and extended family.

06/04/15 01:50 PM #6    

Rees Orland (Orland)

Here’s a strange coincidence that “Mr. Dye” and I shared.

When I moved from Coolidge to John Deere in 9th grade, I moved into “Mr. Dye’s” apartment and “Mr. Shipley”, his brother-in-law, moved into my house on 36th street.

I don’t remember when we discovered this, must have been when I started calling him Jack, maybe that one year I coached swimming at Moline High School, in 1966/67.

He had a chuckle in his eye when we talked about it. ‘Course, he always had a chuckle in his eye. He always ribbed me about something. But I got him back too. He got a kick out of it.

06/05/15 11:05 AM #7    

Karen Lootens (Chantry)

What a great story, Rees.

06/09/15 08:33 AM #8    

James M Rosborough

Jack was a wonderful Coach, besides an excellent teacher and salesman.  Great wit, twinkle in his eyes and the ability to motivate our 9th grade team to become the best in area featuring 2 wins VS. Coolidge and a huge win on the Wharton Floor!!!  Every day I would spend a LARGE dime and buy him a pack of Sugar Babies in the cafeteria and they always disappeared before practice was over.  Without question, altho we were blessed with wonderful High School Coaches in Stevens, Bishop and FOLEY,  Coach Dye was the biggest influence on my Hoops Career.  He was a man for all seasons.  A GREAT role model and a very cool Man.  We were lucky to cross paths with Jack Dye!!!!!!     Jim Ros

06/10/15 10:24 AM #9    

Dr. Thomas A Herbert

I forgot about the sugar babies.... I do remember Coach Dye talking to us at practiuce with candy in his mouth. 

06/11/15 08:12 PM #10    

Anita M Brotherton (Sargeant)

Mr. Dye was my teacher of civics at John Deere Jr. High and again in Moline HS when he taught Economics. He was one of my favorite teachers. He made class fun. I'm sorry to hear of his death but he lived a long life full of meaning. They don't make teachers like that anymore. He was fun, even when he teased me at graduation about skipping school to go to the Muscatine Sand Pits. Good bye Mr. Dye. 

09/27/22 08:33 PM #11    

Richard C. Anderson


From:  Robert Golden

Had Mr. Dye for Geography class at Moline High School, in 1989. Just saw this, and learned that he's no longer with us. After all these years I still remember Mr. Dye. He was always very funny and if a student dared fall asleep, he would kick their desk to wake them up. I attribute my love of Geography to Mr. Dye. I remember him speaking about meeting President Eisenhower. I remember my country project was Afghanistan. I later deployed there in 2008. He always called me Silver, lol. 

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