Jack Gibbs Watt Davenport Died on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 20th, 2013 Weerts Funeral Home
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 Trinity Episcopal cathedral 121 W. 12th Street Davenport, IA
Cemetery: Pine Hill Cemetery
Jack Gibbs Watt, 82, of Davenport, Iowa, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Trinity Bettendorf. Celebration of life services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21st at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th St., Davenport. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 p.m. Monday at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport. Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
Mr. Watt was born in 1930 in Jacksonville, IL the son of Thomas H. and Leonore Watt. He graduated from the former Davenport High School and received a B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa. He served with the US Army during the Korean War and was an editor on the staff of the Armed Forces newspaper, Stars and Stripes, in Tokyo, Japan. On September 28, 1957 he married Patricia Lee Fleming in Davenport.
He was formerly an owner and President of Watt Advertising, Inc., Bettendorf, retiring in 1996 after 42 years in the advertising agency business in the Quad Cities.
Jack began his advertising career in 1954 with L.W. Ramsey Advertising Agency, Davenport. In 1960, he joined Sperry-Boom Advertising Agency in Davenport where he later became a part-owner of the firm. In 1976, he and his brother, James Watt, started their own agency, Watt Advertising, Inc., Bettendorf.
Jack is a former Senior Warden and Vestryman at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Davenport. He served on numerous church committees and served at the Cathedralâ€™s high altar as a chalice bearer. He was a member of the University of Iowa Alumni Association, University of Iowa I-Club, American Advertising Federation, Alpha Delta Sigma national advertising fraternity, Quad Cities Computer Society, Scott County, Iowa Genealogical Society and the Outing Club. His interests centered around his family, serving his church, traveling, computers, genealogy and family history.
Survivors include his wife, Pat; daughter Janine Noel, Davenport; daughter and son-in-law Julie and Bill Kilduff, Ocean Springs, MS; son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Laurie Watt, Brentwood, TN; and granddaughter, Kellie Baustian and her husband Drew Baustian; granddaughters Jill Noel, Taylor and Hannah Watt, and Amanda Kilduff. He was preceded in death by his mother, Leonore Watt; his father, Thomas H. Watt; and his brother, James M. Watt.
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