Theodore “Theo” L. Giebel, 41, of Geneseo, died suddenly Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at his home. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Stephen Mueller officiated. Military honors were provided by the Don Cherry VFW Post. Per his wishes, cremation rites followed the funeral service. A visitation was from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo High School Music Department or the Geneseo Animal Shelter.

Theodore “Theo” L. Giebel, 41, of Geneseo, died suddenly Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at his home. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Stephen Mueller officiated. Military honors were provided by the Don Cherry VFW Post. Per his wishes, cremation rites followed the funeral service. A visitation was from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo High School Music Department or the Geneseo Animal Shelter.

Theo was born Aug. 4, 1976, in Geneseo, the son of Roy “Mike” and Eugenia (Stark-Ryser) Giebel. He attended Geneseo High School and graduated with the Class of 1994. Theo served in the United States Navy from 1994-2000 aboard the USS Carl Vincent. He graduated from Black Hawk College in 2003 and attended Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb. Theo worked at the Waubonsee Community College, in Aurora, and the Oswego School District before returning to Geneseo. He was employed with the City of Moline Public Works and was assigned the custodial care of the Moline Public Library. Theo worked part-time at Casey’s General Store, in Geneseo. He loved music and enjoyed motorcycles and riding his Triumph. Theo was an avid T-shirt collector for many years. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church.

Those left to cherish Theo’s memory include his mother, Eugenia, of Geneseo; brothers, William Giebel, of Geneseo; and Taylor (Beth) Giebel, of Conover, N.C.; and his sister, Michalea Giebel-Moore, of Geneseo. Theo has three nephews, one niece, two grand-nieces and one grand-nephew. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy “Mike” Giebel, and by his grandparents.