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John D. Schillinger, 85, of Moline, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at Clarissa C. Cool Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, rural Geneseo. Reverend Rich McReynolds will officiate. Burial will follow at the Colbert Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Viola United Methodist Church.


John was born on August 10, 1932, in a farm home in rural Henry County, the son of Ferd and Grace (Kilby) Schillinger, the second son in a family of six. He graduated from Orion High school and farmed with his brother, Joe, until he was drafted into the Army. John is a proud veteran of the United States Army. During his time in the service, he learned to pilot planes at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  He married Judy McLean in 1959; the couple was blessed with five children before they separated. Judy preceded him in death in 1998. John later married Thelma Millsap on August 8, 1976, Thelma also preceded him in death in 2010. After his time in the service, he owned and operated a portable ready mix business. John later purchased a feed and fertilizer business in Viola, IL, which he eventually sold to purchase Viola Materials. John  was an independent concrete man and later worked for cement contractors in the Chicago area, which allowed him to travel to Florida to build ocean barriers in the Keys. Fishing and piloting his Cessna air craft were his passion. He also enjoyed going fly-fishing.


Those left to cherish his memory include, sons, Randy (Vicki) Schillinger, Moline, Mark D. Schillinger, McHenry, Shawn (Melissa) Schillinger, Cordova, and Shane (Jenny) Schillinger, Rapids City, IA, daughter, Renae (Fiancé Dan Ziegler) Schillinger, Floodwood, MN, and nine grandchildren. John is also survived by his brother, Richard (Diane) Schillinger, Lynn Center, IL, and sisters, Carol (Bob) Reese, Cordova, Sharon (Lawrence) Pirkl, Colona, Sunny (Jim) Moorhusen, Cordova, and sister-in-law, Margo Schillinger, Geneseo.


John was preceded in death by his parents, Ferd and Grace, wives, Thelma and Judy, and one brother, Joe Schillinger.



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