Gerald Voelliger Sr.


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Posted Online: March 17, 2014, 8:49 pm
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Funeral services for Gerald A. Voelliger Sr., 85, retired volunteer fire chief of the Bettendorf Fire Department, will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 20, at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the services on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oakdale Memorial Gardens in Davenport. Memorials may be made to the Bettendorf Fire Department Explorer Program or to the Bettendorf Parks Foundation.
Mr. Voelliger passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Bettendorf after a sudden illness.
He was born June 12, 1928, in Davenport, the son of Arthur J. and Esther R. Christensen Voelliger. He was a graduate of the former Davenport High School and had attended Augustana College in Rock Island. Gerry was united in marriage to Marian R. Curry on June 3, 1951.
Gerry had worked alongside his father, Art, his uncle, Paul, and his cousin, Norman, at the Voelliger Texaco Service Station in Bettendorf. He joined the Bettendorf Fire Department in 1949 as a volunteer and became assistant volunteer fire chief in 1964. Mr. Voelliger became the volunteer fire chief in 1987 and retired in 1990 after 41 years of service. He also had served as the Scott County Deputy Assessor from 1969 to 1990.
In retirement, he and Marian enjoyed traveling the world over the years and vacationing on cruises. They enjoyed spending winters at their home in Marco Island, Fla. The family vacationed for many years at Flour Lake in northern Minnesota. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid bicyclist. Gerry was also an accomplished woodworker and craftsman, having constructed many wooden keepsake boxes and he had also enjoyed painting.
He had also volunteered for the John Deere Classic for many years. Gerry supported his grandchildrens' events and attended their functions diligently.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 62 years, Marian; his sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald Jr. and Lynne Voelliger and Todd and Stacy Voelliger, all of Bettendorf; and his grandchildren, Ryan, Lindsay, Dillon and Joshua. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Gerry's obituary at McGinnis-Chambers.com.












 



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