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Gene "Geno" E. Van Antwerp, Jr.

January 8, 1956 August 13, 2019
Gene "Geno" E. Van Antwerp, Jr.
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Obituary for Gene "Geno" E. Van Antwerp, Jr.

Gene E. “Geno” Van Antwerp, Jr., age 63, of Mapleton, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at his home.

Geno was born on January 8, 1956 in Peoria, IL, a son of Gene E. and Catherine (Speilmann) Van Antwerp, Sr. He married Kim Peters, she survives. He later married Mary Ann Donlan, on August 14, 2015 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Peoria and she survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Lindsey (Alex) Collinge of Eureka, IL and Stephanie (Sean) Marsh of Metamora, IL, one step-son, Timothy (Brooke) Lancaster of Peoria, and 8 grandchildren, Madison, Sophia, Annabelle, Jonathan, Jack, Kayla, Kendyl, and Karsyn. Also surviving are 4 brothers, Tom Van Antwerp of California, Rich (Cherie) Van Antwerp of Pekin, IL, Chris Van Antwerp of Washington, IL, Tim (Jen) Van Antwerp of Washington, IL, one sister, Mary Kent of Wisconsin, mother-in-law, Mary Donlan, 3 brothers-in-law, Bill (Lori) Donlan of Peoria, Tom (Laurie) Donlan of Aurora, and Mike (Karen) Donlan of Mackinaw and 1 niece and 12 nephews.

His parents and father-in-law, Thomas Donlan, preceded him in death.

Geno graduated from Washington High School, where he played football. He then proudly served in the US Army.

Geno was a Peoria Police Officer for 26 years, retiring in 2011. During his career, he was in the CAT Team and was a K-9 handler, with his partner Toby, also holding other numerous positions within the department. He was currently working at Presley’s Outdoors.

Geno was a wonderful father and husband. He loved his family and friends very much and was a great friend to others. He was a warm, friendly man who collected friendships throughout his life. He was an avid Cardinals and Green Bay Packers fan. In his spare time Geno enjoyed bowling, loved to ride his Harley, and enjoyed the shooting sports.

Most of all, Geno was generous, and his last unselfish act was as an organ donor. He will be remembered and missed by many.

A visitation will be from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, on Monday, August 19, 2019 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10:30 AM with a one hour prior visitation also at the church. Fr. James Pallardy will officiate. Cremation Rites will be accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or The Peoria Police and Fire Kirk Edwards Foundation.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

19

Aug

4:00 PM 8/19/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/19/2019 8:00:00 PM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

20

Aug

9:30 AM 8/20/2019 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 8/20/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Tuesday

20

Aug

10:30 AM 8/20/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

The Peoria Police and Fire Kirk Edwards Foundation.

600 SW Adams St
Peoria, IL 61602

St. Jude Midwest Affiliate

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