Joseph David Schillinger, 85, of Geneseo, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at UnityPoint Health - Trinity, Rock Island. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 8948 N. 1900 Ave., Geneseo. Burial will follow at the St. John’s Cemetery. A time for seeing Joe’s family, sharing memories, and lunch will follow until 2 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to his church for trees or plantings on the church grounds or to the Geneseo International Thanksgiving Fellowship Program, of which Joe and his family have participated in since 1963, hosting more than 100 guests in their farm home. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joseph David Schillinger, 85, of Geneseo, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at UnityPoint Health - Trinity, Rock Island. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 8948 N. 1900 Ave., Geneseo. Burial will follow at the St. John’s Cemetery. A time for seeing Joe’s family, sharing memories, and lunch will follow until 2 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to his church for trees or plantings on the church grounds or to the Geneseo International Thanksgiving Fellowship Program, of which Joe and his family have participated in since 1963, hosting more than 100 guests in their farm home. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joe was born in a Coal Valley farm home on Aug. 7, 1931. The first child of a family of six, to Ferd and Grace (Kilby) Schillinger, Joe grew up learning and loving farming and family. He graduated in 1949 from Orion High School. He was united in marriage to Margo Betcher on Nov. 27, 1955. They continued farming and were blessed with a family of three children. He loved feeding cattle and talking with other cattlemen and farmers, always learning.

He learned to weld, finding a way to repair most anything. He enjoyed his family. In later years, he had time to watch ball games, do crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles, visit shut-ins, and attend Bible studies. He was an excellent speller and never met a stranger.

Surviving are his wife, Margo; sons, Kem (Linda) and Drew D. (Cathy) Schillinger, of Geneseo; daughter, Susan (Michael) Church, of Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Joseph J., and Ben Schillinger, of Geneseo; Erin Schillinger, of Moline; Katie (Zach) Bryant, of Washington, Neb.; Brittany Church, of New York City, N.Y.; and Scott Church, of Chicago; step-grandchildren, Richard Denkmann, of Geneseo; and Lisa Bear, of North Carolina; brothers, John, of Moline; and Richard (Diane) of Lynn Center; and sisters, Carol (Bob) Reese and Sunny (Jim) Moorhusen, both of Cordova; and Sharon (Lon) Pirkl, of Geneseo.