Joseph Louis “Joe” Van Damme, 73, of Prophetstown, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. A funeral service celebrating his life was held Thursday, May 22 at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Atkinson. The Rev. S. Stephen Engelbrecht officiated. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hooppole. A visitation was held Wednesday, May 21 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hooppole.

Joseph Louis “Joe” Van Damme, 73, of Prophetstown, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. A funeral service celebrating his life was held Thursday, May 22 at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Atkinson. The Rev. S. Stephen Engelbrecht officiated. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hooppole. A visitation was held Wednesday, May 21 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hooppole.

Joe was born on March 16, 1941, in Kewanee, the son of Louis and Margaret (VanHecker) Van Damme. He married Sheila “Jenny” Rains on July 29, 1978, in Geneseo. She died on May 26, 2008. Joe farmed in the rural Hooppole area his entire life. He also worked for John Deere and Kewanee Boiler. Joe was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hooppole. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and collecting hats.

Survivors include his special friend, Letha Mungor of Walnut; daughters, Lorie De La Rosa of Peoria, Ariz., and Rhonda Rains of Moline ; sons, Bruce Rains of Geneseo, Randy Van Damme of Kewanee, and Rick “Twin” Van Damme of Annawan; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brothers, Hank Van Damme of East Moline, Art Van Damme of Atkinson, Jerry Van Damme of Annawan and Mark Van Damme of Kansas City, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Sandra Hill and Delores Rakestraw; and two brothers, Don Rose and Tom Van Damme.