Alvin ‘Al’ D. Vroman, 97, of Geneseo, formerly of Hillsdale, died Monday, April 2, 2018, at his home. A mass of Christian burial was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5 at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, in Port Byron, where a Christian wake service was conducted by Deacon Art Ries at 3:30 p.m. There also was a visitation one hour prior to the Mass at church. Burial in Mt. Maria Cemetery, in Hillsdale, was private. Memorials ay be made to the Izaak Walton League, Geneseo Senior Citizens Center or St. Malachy’s Church.

Alvin ‘Al’ D. Vroman, 97, of Geneseo, formerly of Hillsdale, died Monday, April 2, 2018, at his home. A mass of Christian burial was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5 at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, in Port Byron, where a Christian wake service was conducted by Deacon Art Ries at 3:30 p.m. There also was a visitation one hour prior to the Mass at church. Burial in Mt. Maria Cemetery, in Hillsdale, was private. Memorials ay be made to the Izaak Walton League, Geneseo Senior Citizens Center or St. Malachy’s Church.

Alvin Darold Vroman was born Sept. 29, 1920, in Albany, Ill, the son of Eugene and Josie (Egert) Vroman. He married Gladys Kessler on Dec. 6, 1941, to which six children were born. Gladys preceded him in death in 1975. He later married Betty (McKenna) Laleman on Feb. 28, 1976, at St. Malachy’s Church, in Geneseo.

Al was a friend to all. He was a jack-of-all-trades. He farmed in Hillsdale for much of his life, worked for John Deere, and he built, opened and operated the Rustic Inn Restaurant in Hillsdale, which he ran for many years. Al was a long-time member of St. Malachy’s Church, in Geneseo. He enjoyed traveling around the world to attend his Restaurant Association Meetings as well as wintering at their home in Florida. Al was an avid fisherman both locally and in Florida, where you could count on seeing his boat make its way through the canal at 4 p.m. every day on his way to one of his fishing holes. He made the best lemonade ever! The family had “Grandpa Al’s” lemonade at every family gathering. He liked dancing and was a terrific woodworker. His family and friends will treasure his works which he has given them through the years.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Vroman, of Geneseo; sons, Dan (Betty Jo) Vroman, Jim Vroman, and Tom (Laurie) Vroman, all of Hillsdale; stepchildren, Ron Laleman, of Collinsville; Rick (Connie) Laleman, of Bloomington; Steve (Marjean) Laleman, of Geneseo; Mary Beth Farber, of Geneseo; Tim (Deb) Laleman, of Geneseo; Jeff (Sandy) Laleman, of Rock Falls; and Marcia (Gregg) Swanson, of Geneseo; sister, Berneita Immosoette, of East Moline; brother-in-law, Bob Cronin, of Rock Island; 26 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys; daughter, Eileen Stone; sons, Gregory Vroman and infants on Darold Vroman; granddaughter, Dawn Marie Vroman; sister, Lucille Cronin; and son-in-law, Dan Stone.