In Memory

Dan Jeffery


Daniel Jeffery, 66, formerly of Moline, died peacefully at his home in Albuquerque, N.M., on July 24, 2014.
A private memorial service will take place at a later date.
Dan was born on Sept. 5, 1947, in Rock Island. He graduated from Moline High School in 1965, and served in the U.S. Army and in Vietnam. He attended Black Hawk College, Moline. He then graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in English and from the University of New Mexico with a graduate degree in creative writing and English.
He married the love of his life, Linda Hess, on Dec. 28, 1970. Under the name, "Barnaby," he pursued his dream of becoming a professional juggler, comedian and musician. He entertained all over the U.S. and on many cruise lines around the world. He lived his dream.
Dan is survived by his wife, Linda; his dog, Lucky Boy; his mother, Diane "Pat" Jeffery, East Moline; siblings, Jim (Jan) Jeffery, Moline, Jody (Tom) Hines, Appleton, Wis., and Julie Bustard, Rock Island; as well as, eight nieces and nephews, three (soon-to-be five) great-nieces and -nephews; and mother and father-in-law, Joan and Hank Hess, Kennewick, Wash. He was preceded in death by his father, Elmus "Jeff" Jeffery.
Donations can be made in his honor to The Humane Society of the United States, 1-866-720-2676 (Kindred Spirits Program).

Home page has links to videos and lyrics, including one for Moline, IL. 


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07/27/14 04:47 PM #1    

Suzee Carson (Branch)


This shocked me for some reason.

What happened? Anyone know?

I see such a kind face here. And who can know how many people he made happy as he juggled and sang his way along the road of his life.

I hope he was a happy guy.


07/28/14 09:30 AM #2    

Bill Warfield

I remember Dan...just a great guy..........but just didn't realize his talent!  Everyone should click on his lyrics tab and catch some of his poetry.....I sure enjoyed it!    BILL


07/28/14 07:42 PM #3    

Craig Morton

We were on a cruise a few years ago and Dan, as Barnaby, was one of the evening show acts.  He was great.  We sat in the upper balcony but I felt that I knew him from somewhere and it finally dawned on me that it was Dan.  After the show, I went down to talk to him.  He remembered me and we chatted about Moline for a couple of minutes.  He put on a great show for the audience.

07/29/14 10:01 AM #4    

Pierce Myers

Dan was such a kind and gentle person. All my memories of him have him with that sort of sly, almost impish smile.  Looking back, I can see him as a great understated comedian, although I completely lost track of him and had no idea he took the course he did.  He grew up in the "Barracks" next to G. Washington school.  I remeber his Dad worked at a gas station and drove a hot rod convertible with "gas pack" mufflers.  He used to take us for rides with the top down. His Mom was always cheery and supportive, although they had very little in terms of material things. Dan was just a really nice person. I regret I lost track of him.  If you haven't visited his web page do so.  It's a great testimonial.

Pierce Myers




07/29/14 08:19 PM #5    

Sue Snyder (Munn)

Sue Snyder Munn

     Dan and I grew up together at Union Congregational Church.  I was the only girl in our age group with Dan, Morgan Brunstrom, and Jay McFadyen, all 65 grads.  Dan's Mom had a beautiful voice, singing in the choir.  I visited with her just a couple of years ago on a visit home and she would always tell me about Dan's juggling career on the cruise ships.  My condolences to the family.

09/01/15 08:39 PM #6    

Carol "Samm" Simmons (Goodyear)

Dan and Linda were our good friends at the University of Illinois.  I stayed with them in Albuquerque a few times.  He was such a gentle fellow with a great sense of humor.  RIP, Dan.

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