Mahlon L. Love III, 87, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Extended Care Unit, Geneseo. Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo.


Mahlon L. Love III, 87, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Extended Care Unit, Geneseo. Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo. The Rev. David Esche will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Geneseo. Per his request cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation.

He was born Feb. 22, 1924, in Orion, the son of Mahlon Lloyd and Ethel (Andereck) Love II. He was a 1942 graduate of Altona High School and attended Blackburn College. He married his wife, Ruth, Sept. 20, 1946, in Alexis. She died in 2001. He had been employed as a design product engineer at Deere and Company for 47 years, from which he retired in 1984. Following his retirement he continued with consulting work for several years for Deere and Company. He was proud that his name was on 23 patents that he accomplished over the course of his career. He served numerous assignments for Deere and Company in Europe and North America. He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of Geneseo Kiwanis Club, ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers), Henry County Farm Bureau and Deere Valley Collectors Club. He served on the Henry County Zoning Board, Bishop Hill Historical Society, where he also made numerous contributions, and the Geneseo Food Pantry board for many years. He was a private pilot, enjoyed working on anything mechanical, and traveled extensively with his wife, Ruth.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Love of Austin, Texas; a son and spouse, Lonnie and Kris Love of Osco, and a brother and spouse, Donald and Kit Love of Galva. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Ruth.