A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Geneseo. Inurnment will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation for Joe will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. As per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be left to Joe David Gildersleeve Memorial Fund.
Joe was born on Aug. 24, 1935, in Annawan, to David and Edith McDonald Gildersleeve. He was a 1953 graduate of Geneseo High School. On Sept. 1, 1956, he was united in marriage to Betty L. Mariman at St. Malachy's Church in Geneseo.
Joe worked as a bricklayer for Eldon and Buffy Zimmerman Masonry for 27 years. He then went to work for John Deere in the Parts Division from 1979 to 1996, retiring as the parts handler for the combine division. After his retirement from John Deere he did masonry work for Double S Masonry.
Joe was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge No. 990 and the Geneseo Rolle Bolle Club. He enjoyed playing cards, going to auctions, reading plat books and taking day trips with Betty. Joe also was an avid Cubs and Bears fan.
Joe is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty; one son, Randy (Deb) Gildersleeve, Arizona; two daughters, Lori (Dave) Naseef, Geneseo, Lynn (Brian) Baker, Moline; six grandchildren, Kristie Leachman, Nick Moore, Heather Gildersleeve, Alex Naseef, Sam and Grace Baker; three great-grandchildren, Tirzah and McKenna Leachman, Jackson Moore; two sisters, Betty Davis, Geneseo, Doris Swanson, Geneseo; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Edith Gildersleeve; infant daughter, Suzanne; sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Wendell Hill.
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