Joseph “Joe” DeSutter, 90, of St. Joseph’s Home in Lacon, Il. and formerly of Kewanee, Il. died at 9:45 P.M. Monday, March 31, 2014 at the home. Joe was born in Rapid City, Il. the son of Maurice and Mary (Grymonprez) DeSutter Sr. Joe attended rural Rapid City schools. Joe married Mary Ann VanWassenhove on June 30, 1951 in Kewanee, Il. She preceded him in death on May 10, 2012. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Angeline Banks and Marian Bugos and two brothers Sylviere and Francis DeSutter.
Surviving is a daughter Josephine (Tom) Arnold of Quincy, Il. one son Fr. Mark DeSutter of Morton, Il. three grandchildren Matthew (Lisa) Arnold of Alexandria, Va. And their daughters Madeleine and Elise, Jennifer (Brock) Sousa of Quincy, IL., and their daughter Mackenzie and Kate (Brent) Williams of Quincy, Il. one brother Maurice (Darlene) DeSutter, Jr. of Woodhull, Il. and two sisters Marcella DeBuysere of Silvis, Il. and Irene Nelson of Abingdon, Il.
Joe served in the U.S. Army. He farmed with relatives in Knox and Rock Island Countries and later worked at Kewanee Machinery and Conveyor in Kewanee from 1951 to 1986. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church of St. Mary’s Parish and formerly was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kewanee. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of St. John. He was awarded the Pere Marquette Medal from the Peoria Diocese for service to the Church. Joe had been active in the Boy Scouts program locally and enjoyed gardening, carpentry work, visiting with relative and working at the Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Fr. Mark DeSutter will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee, Il. Visitation will be from 5-8 P.M. Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. where the rosary will be recited at 8:00 P.M. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass on Saturday at the Church. Memorials may be directed to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Kewanee or St. Joseph’s Home in Lacon, Il. Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.