Processional for former Moline Police Chief Steve Etheridge

Moline said goodbye to one of its own on Thursday.

Former Moline Police Chief Steve Etheridge was laid to rest Thursday morning.

Funeral services were held at Rafferty Funeral Home in Moline.

Etheridge passed away on Sunday, August 12 at UnityPoint Health- Trinity in Rock Island. 

Following the funeral, a processional stretched nearly three miles to the National Cemetery in Rock Island. He was buried with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 246 of Moline, where he was a former member.

Etheridge was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in the Vietnam War. According to his obituary, he was also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and of the Moline Jaycees. It went on to say he was an avid golfer and fisherman in his spare time. 

Both Moline Police and Fire, as well as other area departments filled the streets Thursday morning to pay their respects. 

He's remembered for his decorated career in public service, which started when he joined the Moline Police Department in 1975. 

Etheridge went on to become Chief of Police in 1990, a position he held for 15 years before retiring in 2005. 

He also served as the Public Safety Director and interim City Administrator of Moline.

In his obituary, his family asked for donations to the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, and the Police Benevolent and Protective Association in his memory. 

On Thursday afternoon, Community Service Director of the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Stacey Teager, said his legacy will have a big impact on their shelter, and they feel honored to have been chosen. 

"I think he was such a huge community person and did so much in the community, and now his memorials are going to make a huge difference," said Teager. "And you know, him leaving a legacy in the community to support us is..we're quite honored by it."

EARLIER REPORT: The processional for former Moline Police Chief Steve Etheridge is taking place today.

Local 4's Kelley Bowles is on the route and will have more during Local 4 News at 4, 5 and 6.

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