Alan Montgomery Hallene, Jr.
March 16, 1952 - December 14, 2021
Alan M. Hallene, Jr. of Moline passed away peacefully on December 14 at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island after an extended illness. He was surrounded and embraced by his two sons at the time of his death.
Al was born in Oak Ridge, TN and moved with his parents to Jacksonville, FL before they finally settled in Moline. He graduated from Moline High School in 1970 where he served as senior class treasurer and was on a conference championship swim relay team for the Maroons. He was a lifelong booster of the Mighty Maroons and served as president of the Moline School Board.
Al had a distinguished academic and business resume. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1974 with a degree in mechanical engineering. At Illinois, he served as president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. Upon graduation, he received his professional engineer certification. He graduated with an MBA from the University of Michigan and was then hired as an engineer by John Deere. During his tenure at Deere, he was a supervisor at the Engine Works Plant in Waterloo, IA and also worked in the Deere Administration Building. He then went on to become Senior Vice President at Montgomery Elevator Company. His first assignment was as senior engineer at Montgomery’s McKinney, TX plant. He eventually returned to Moline, with his wife Mindy Grafton Hallene (Mindy Kruse), and their young sons. He finished his career at Montgomery as Executive Vice President and head of manufacturing. He then pursued and received his PhD from the University of Iowa and was an adjunct professor at Iowa’s Tippie College of Business. He also taught at St. Ambrose and the University of Illinois. His consulting firm, NorthHill Associates, was instrumental in helping many privately held businesses optimize their operating performances.
Al was widely known for his larger than life personality, his sense of humor and his generous heart. He had countless “best” friends from Moline and from all across the Country. He never met a stranger and his generosity, done mostly in anonymity, helped countless people. He volunteered at many organizations and was especially fond of his work with Junior Achievement of the Quad Cities. In addition to his volunteer work, he served on many Boards including Arrowhead Ranch, Junior Achievement and John Deere Classic. He loved sports particularly golf, handball, swimming and, in years past, running - he ran The Bix on numerous occasions.
The joy of his life was his family - he loved being a dad, father-in-law and grandfather. His favorite place on earth was the family cabin in the town of Walker, MN. He loved the solitude and natural beauty of the north woods and of Lake May, the lake on which the cabin is set. He experienced God there. He came to Christian faith while in Texas and enjoyed a Bible Study with many of his Quad City buddies over the years. He also loved spending family vacation time in Naples, FL. He was the author of two books, one of which was entitled The Hope of Heaven and was about the faith lessons he learned after the death of his oldest son, Alex. He established the Alexander M. Hallene Scholarship at the University of Illinois which annually provides funds to incoming freshman from Moline who are attending the U of I.
Al is survived by sons Bryan (Meghan) Hallene of Western Springs, IL and Jimmy (Morgan) Hallene of Naperville, IL ; grandsons Theodore, Jack and Henry Hallene; his mother, Phyllis W. Hallene of Naples, FL; sisters Carol Hallene (Robin) King of Potomac, MD and Janet Hallene (Jim) O’Hern of St. Augustine, FL and brother Jim (Suzanne) Hallene of Hinsdale, IL; nieces and nephews: Emily and Peter King; Matt and Sarah O’Hern; Anna, Sam, Tyler and Charlie Hallene. He was preceded in death by his son, Alex Hallene and his father, Alan M. Hallene.
A celebration of life reception will be held at Short Hills Country Club on Saturday, December 18 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
Private funeral and burial services will be held on Monday, December 20. Wendt Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alexander M. Hallene Scholarship Fund, c/o The University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 West Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.
Family and friends are invited to share memories and express online condolences at wendtfuneralhome.com