Louis B. Schallow, 92, of Geneseo, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Good Samaritan Village. Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded and graveside inurnment services will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery where miliary honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Animal Shelter. Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd., Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.
He was born on Jan. 23, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Louis B. and Flora Augusta (Schalau) Schallow. He married Helen E. Ikkala on Sept. 7, 1946, in Michigan. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant during World War II, serving in the Philippines, New Guinea and Japan, where he won the Combat Infantry Badge and earned a Bronze Star Medal. He worked for the Rock Island Lines Railroad in Silvis for 31 years as a carman from which he retired. He also dedicated 28 years as custodian of his beloved First United Methodist Church.
He attended First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge No. 990 as well as a life member of Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. He enjoyed making jewelry, was an avid woodworker and enjoyed golfing. But his greatest joy was his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; son, Michael (Gwen) Schallow of Hammonton, N.J.; daughter, Corinne L. Waldbusser of Geneseo; three grandchildren, Sarah (Chris) Shrake, Scott (Becky) Waldbusser and Kristin Waldbusser; and two great grandchildren, Lilly and Emma. He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Ryan; one brother, Don Miller; and two sisters, Dorothy Diamond and Genevieve Bandy.