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John VanDeWoestyne

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John VanDeWoestyne

Geneseo - John W. VanDeWoestyne, 66, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at his home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at Geneseo High School Concert Hall. Reverend Melva England will officiate. A memorial visitation will be held from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. prior to the memorial service. A time for fellowship and refreshments will follow the memorial service in the Geneseo High School Concert Hall foyer. If you missed the opportunity to submit a donation and would like to, memorials may be directed to Richmond Hill Players, Quad City Music Guild, or Mayo Clinic. For those that already donated at John's time of passing, thank you so much - it was greatly appreciated.

John was born November 18, 1953, the son of Walter and Veva (Welch) VanDeWoestyne, in Geneseo. He graduated from Atkinson High School. John married Judy E. Burmeister on April 7, 1990, in Davenport, IA. He was employed by the City of Geneseo for 34 years, retiring as Public Works Director in 2009. John's first loves were theatre and music. He was currently the president of the Richmond Hill Players and served as the business manager. He was instrumental in directing and participating in more than 100 productions and was affectionately known as "Mr. Richmond Hill". He enjoyed singing with the Pleasant Valley Men. His love from a young age led him to performing and participating as a musician as well as a leader with the Knights Drum and Bugle Corp. He was a member of the Geneseo Rotary Club and Grace United Methodist Church. He and Judy enjoyed their time spent with their dinner club and those times with their friends. He participated in a weekly bible study on Wednesdays, and he loved playing poker with his buddies.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Judy; children, Emily VanDeWoestyne, Davenport, IA, and Shay VanDeWoestyne, Davenport, IA; niece, Andrea Mock; and nephew, Larry Mock.

He is preceded by his parents, brother Farrell Mock, and his sister, Sister Sandra Mock.

Posted online on July 14, 2021

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