Joe David Gildersleeve, 77, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at his home. A memorial service celebrating his life was held Monday, Feb. 11 at Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services Ltd., Geneseo. Inurnment was in Oakwood Cemetery. A visitation was held Sunday, Feb. 10 at the funeral home. As per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be left to the Joe David Gildersleeve Memorial Fund.
He was born on Aug. 24, 1935, in Annawan, the son of David and Edith (McDonald) Gildersleeve. He was a 1953 graduate of Geneseo High School. He married Betty L. Mariman on Sept. 1, 1956, at St. Malachy’s Church, Geneseo. He worked as a bricklayer for Eldon and Buffy Zimmerman Masonry for 27 years. He then went to work for John Deere in the parts division from 1979 to 1996, retiring as the parts handler for the combine division. After his retirement from John Deere, he did masonry work for Double S Masonry. He was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge No. 990 and the Geneseo Rolle Bolle Club. He enjoyed playing cards, going to auctions, reading plat books and taking day trips with Betty. Joe was an avid Cubs and Bears fan.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Betty; one son, Randy (Deb) Gildersleeve of Arizona; two daughters, Lori (Dave) Naseef of Geneseo and Lynn (Brian) Baker of Moline; six grandchildren, Kristie Leachman, Nick Moore, Heather Gildersleeve, Alex Naseef and Sam and Grace Baker; three great grandchildren, Tirzah and McKenna Leachman and Jackson Moore; two sisters, Betty Davis of Geneseo and Doris Swanson of Geneseo and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Edith Gildersleeve; infant daughter, Suzanne; and sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Wendell Hill.