William “Gene” Eugene Hartsock, 90, of rural Geneseo, died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at UnityPoint Trinity, in Rock Island. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 at Vandemore Funeral Home, in Geneseo. The Rev. Ryan Landino, from First Presbyterian Church, in Geneseo, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the William Eugene Hartsock Memorial Fund.

William “Gene” Eugene Hartsock, 90, of rural Geneseo, died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at UnityPoint Trinity, in Rock Island. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 at Vandemore Funeral Home, in Geneseo. The Rev. Ryan Landino, from First Presbyterian Church, in Geneseo, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the William Eugene Hartsock Memorial Fund.

Gene was born April 10, 1927, in Wapello, Iowa. He was the oldest of six children born to Harold Frederick Hartsock and Carroll Bessie Beckey. He married Mary Lou Steele on Dec. 20, 1952, at Church of Peace, in Rock Island. She preceded him in death on Aug. 9, 2005.

Gene was a man of many interests. He was a hard worker, having been a union carpenter for 55 years. He worked many side jobs after work and on weekends to support his family. Gene and Mary Lou spent many years traveling to bluegrass festivals around the Midwest. They spent 14 years wintering in Brownsville, Texas, until Mary Lou’s death. Gene enjoyed going to auctions, thus his accumulation of tools and musical instruments. Gene was also an avid bow hunter, traveling 45 years to Black River Falls, Wis., to hunt deer. Gene loved chopping and selling firewood up until the final days of his death. During the winter months, he enjoyed cracking black walnuts to give away to others. He loved watching golf and nature shows on television. He looked forward to his monthly poker nights with some great guys. His small farm brought him enormous pride and allowed him to tinker daily.

He is survived by his children and spouses, Gene Jr. (Diane) Hartsock, of Geneseo; Sandy (Butch) Jones, of Port Byron; Sally (Mike) Howard, of Geneseo; Jim (Jeanne) Hartsock, of Geneseo; and Jerry (Jan) Hartsock, of Geneseo; and 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, Merle (Bud) Hartsock, Wilbur Hartsock, Donna Hayes, Bob Jordan and Carol Balfe; as well as his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dewey and Carol Steele. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou; his parents; an infant son; his mother-in-law, Florence Steele; and his sister-in-law, Wanda Johnson.