Victor Tracey Jr.

Posted Online: May 08, 2014, 5:46 pm
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Victor M. Tracey Jr., 84, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Long Term Care Unit, Geneseo.
A graveside committal service celebrating his life will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 12, at Rock Island National Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. The Rev. Dr. Arthur Bergren will officiate. As he wished, cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation for Victor will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Vandemore Funeral Homes, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.
Victor was born March 29, 1930, in Clearfield, Pa., son of Victor and Edith Bandy Tracey. He graduated from Savanna, Ill., High School. He earned an associate's degree from Black Hawk College and a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University. He also received his Realtor brokers license. He was united in marriage to Betty L. Brown on Jan. 11, 1953 in Savanna.
He proudly served our country as a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Victor worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for 38 years, retiring in 1987.
Victor was a lifetime member of Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. He previously had served as VFW Post commander in Wilmington, Ill. He was a member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge, a founding member of Geneseo Football Boosters and a former Geneseo City Council member. He was an avid Geneseo Green Machine football fan and was very proud to have been selected as the grand marshal for the high school homecoming parade. Victor enjoyed woodworking and gardening and earned his Master Gardener certification.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; daughters, Nancy (Mark) Argue, Mount Horeb, Wis., Carol Tracey (Lewis Opsal), Geneseo, Cheryl (Scott) Specht, Port Byron; son, Ron (Lori) Tracey, Geneseo; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two on the way; and brother, John (Mary Jo) Tracey, Savanna.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Patricia Tracey.
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