Joint funeral services celebrating the lives of Scott Joseph Teerlinck, 39, and his son, Luke Dean, 10, were held Thursday, June 20 at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Arthur Bergren officiated. Burials were in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where the TSA Honor Guard presented Honors. A visitation was held Wednesday, June 19 at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd., Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Scott and Luke Teerlinck Memorial Fund.
Scott died Friday, June 14 and Luke died Saturday, June 15 from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident outside of Colona. Luke was able to give the gift of life by being an organ donor.
Luke was born on Oct. 21, 2002, in Silvis, to Scott and Jill (Halverson) Teerlinck. He was a student at Southwest Elementary School where he had just finished fourth grade. He also had just finished Summer Learning Adventure.
Luke was a member of First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. He enjoyed Geocaching and motorcycling with his dad. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and bugging his sister, gymnastics, Faithtime at First Lutheran, arts and crafts, reading, watching TV and relaxing at home.
Luke is survived by his mother, Jill Teerlinck; sister, Brenna Teerlinck, at home; grandparents, Marion Teerlinck of Geneseo and Mickey and Marilyn Halverson of Geneseo; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Dean Teerlinck.
Scott was born on July 25, 1973, in Geneseo, to Dean and Marion (DePorter) Teerlinck. He graduated in 1991 from J.D. Darnall High School in Geneseo and went on to graduate from St. Ambrose University with a bachelor's in law enforcement. He married Jill A. Halverson on Aug. 3, 1996, in Geneseo. Scott worked as a security officer of OSF, a correctional officer at the Henry County Jail and a juvenile probation officer for Henry County. He had been a volunteer firefighter for the Geneseo Fire Department. Scott began his career with the Transportation Security Administration in 2002 as a security screener at the Quad City International Airport. He was promoted to the position of lead transportation security officer in 2003 and to supervisory transportation security officer in 2006. In 2008, Scott began work as a Mastor TSO in the Moline Coordination Center before becoming a field-based program specialist working for the Operational Requirements C3 office. He was one of three TSA Telecommunication Specialists providing contingency communications capabilities to airports nationwide. Scott's primary responsibilities included the installation, testing and maintenance of contingency communications equipment as well as the training of the equipment's operators. He provided assistance with land mobile radios, mobile communication assets, interoperability with other government agencies and any special communication needs. Scott assisted the TSA's Downstate Illinois District Mobile Deployment team with training, deployment, and maintenance of the North Central Mobile Communications Trailer, a mobile asset equipped with a suite of communications capabilities that can be deployed anywhere in the United States. Scott traveled to airports throughout the country to provide contingency communications support, and he participated in special events, including working with a team that provided communication capabilities at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Page 2 of 2 - Scott enjoyed being a ham radio operator. He loved being with his wife and kids, Geocaching, camping and grilling out.
Scott is survived by his wife, Jill Teerlinck; mother, Marion Teerlinck of Geneseo; daughter, Brenna Teerlinck, at home; brother, Mike (Gail) Teerlinck of Geneseo; sister, Bonnie Swanson of Pompano Beach, Fla. He was preceded in death by his father, Dean Teerlinck.