Jerry Andrew Quillin, 68, of Geneseo, died Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Good Samaritan Village in Geneseo after a courageous battle with cancer and CHF. A funeral service celebrating his life was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 15 at Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee officiated. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo were military honors were accorded by the Geneseo VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at the funeral home where a rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Jerry Quillin Memorial Fund.

Jerry Andrew Quillin, 68, of Geneseo, died Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Good Samaritan Village in Geneseo after a courageous battle with cancer and CHF. A funeral service celebrating his life was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 15 at Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee officiated. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo were military honors were accorded by the Geneseo VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at the funeral home where a rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Jerry Quillin Memorial Fund.

Jerry was born May 4, 1947, in Geneseo the son of Irving James “Jim” and Irene (DeTaeye) Quillin. He attended St. Malachy Catholic School and graduated from Geneseo High School in 1965. Jerry served in the U.S. Army as a clerk and served two tours of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He worked for K-Mart, Delta Airlines, and American Honda Distribution, retiring from American Honda Distribution in Davenport, Iowa, in 2002.

Jerry was a lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 5083 of Geneseo where he had been very active. He was a member of the honor/color guard and was post commander. He also belonged to St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo and was a life member of the American Legion and was a past member of Geneseo Moose Lodge No. 990. (He was very proud of being installed at Mooseheart.)

Jerry was a die-hard Cubs fan, and, before he became sick, he traveled to Wrigley Field with Tri-State Tours for more than a dozen home games each year. He was a Green Machine football fan and had attended all home and away games with friends. He also enjoyed traveling, spending time with friends, and attending VFW District meetings and conventions with his good friends, Larry and the late Gay Hines and Sue Hazelett.

Survivors include an aunt, Winifred Stahr of Amboy; several cousins; and special friend and caregiver, Sue Hazelett, who he told anyone who would listen that she was his guardian angel. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and uncle, Frank DeTaeye.

We would like to thank Dr. Porubcin and his staff at the Moline Care Center, especially the girls in the treatment center for their care and compassion; the staff at Fort Armstrong Assisted Living in Rock Island; and the nurses, staff and hospice care team at Good Samaritan in Geneseo.