Gerald Garrison


Share
Posted Online: April 28, 2013, 6:21 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
A funeral Mass celebrating the life of Gerald Garrison, 73, of Aledo, will be on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Aledo. Visitation is on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Speer Funeral Home, where memories will be shared at 7:30 p.m. Private family burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Viola. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gerald Garrison Memorial Fund.
Gerry died on Friday, April 26, 2013, in Aledo.
Gerry was born on July 26, 1939, in Kewanee, to Frank and Florence Sentney Garrison. He married Mary Jane Burrill. She preceded him in death. Gerry married Valerie J. Guastadisegni on June 29, 2002, in Moline. He was a loving and devoted stepfather to her sons, John, Michael and Matthew Sonneville.
Gerry was a 1957 graduate of Galesburg High School and a veteran of the United States Army. He was employed for 24 years with Farmall, 24 years with BT Primemover and later, Raymond Corp., of Muscatine. In Gerry's spare time he loved sports, especially the Dodgers, all Chicago sports, Fighting Illini and his Aledo Green Dragons and Mercer County Golden Eagles. He was an assistant softball coach in Aledo for 17 years. Another favorite pastime was dancing. Dancing introduced him to his "Partner in Life," Valerie. They had the time of their life dancing and listening to music together.
Those left to cherish Gerry's memory include his wife, Valerie; daughter and family, Kathleen and Jeff Ferguson, of Florida; and Gerry's grandson, Ryan; stepsons, John, Michael and Matthew; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Karen and Frank Froehlich, of Hinton, Iowa, and Karole and John Aultmanand Dale Burrill, all of East Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Jane Boney; and sisters, Elizabeth Garrison and Judy Burrill.
Condolences may be left at speerfuneralhome.com.












 



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








(More History)