Joseph Franklin Poole, 83, of Kewanee, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Kewanee Hospital Emergency Room. Funeral services celebrating his life were Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee officiated. Burial was in North Cemetery in Geneseo, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was held Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Joseph Poole Memorial Fund.
He was born on Jan. 9, 1930, in Jesup, Ga., the son of Franklin and Doshie Poole. He was one of nine children. He married Moneta Verstrate on Aug. 31, 1963. Joseph proudly served our country in the Korean War. He owned a successful bulldozing business, which allowed him to be able to help many farmers. He also helped build roads for many of the local interstates. Later in life, he started and ran a dump truck business. Joseph and his family lived in Florida for several years, moving back to Kewanee with his wife when he retired. Joseph was a loving father and husband.
Survivors include his wife, Moneta; twin daughters, Jolene Poole of Kewanee and Noreen (Troy) Dailey of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; step-son, Bruce Palmer of Peoria; six grandchildren, Taylor Gunn, Lillianna Kelly, Dalton Palmer, Skyler Finnin, Hailey Palmer and Blaze Finnin; one brother and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents