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Edward Van Getson

June 13, 1928 — February 17, 2017

Edward A. Van Getson III, age 88, of Woodhull, IL. Died Friday February 17, 2017 at OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center in Galesburg, IL.  Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00 AM Tuesday February 21, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Woodhull.  Burial is in the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery where military rites will be conducted.  Visitation is from 4-7 PM Monday at St. John’s Catholic Church where a Rosary will be recited at 3:30 PM prior to visitation.  A memorial fund will be established.  Peterson Wallin Knox is in charge of arrangements and online condolences can be made at

He was born June 13, 1928 in Rock Island, IL to Edward II and Victoria Schrack Van Getson.  Ed graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Rock Island and attended St. Ambrose University.

On June 20, 1953 he was united in marriage to Jeane Keene at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Milan, IL.

After school, Ed opened his own plumbing, heating and electrical business in Woodhull before enlisting in the U.S. Navy where he served for 4 years during the Korean War.  He returned to Woodhull where he operated Van Getson Plumbing Heating and Electrical Company retiring in 1982.

He was a very active member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Woodhull where he was a member of the former men’s club and founded the St. John’s Parish Food and Clothing Drive to Appalachia.  He co-founded the David School in David, Kentucky and was very active with the Boys Town in Lincoln Nebraska and the Christian Appalachian Project.

He was a member of the Rock Island VFW Post # 1303 and served on the AlWood Food Pantry Board of Directors.    Ed enjoyed flying airplanes, boating and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Jeane, 4 daughters, Deborah (Jeffrey) Kelly of Alpha, IL, Maria Mungo and Lisa Van Getson both of Rochester, MN, Angela Van Getson of Galesburg, IL, 1 son, Edward IV (Pam) Van Getson of Tolono, IL, 9 grandchildren, Megan Kelly Hubbell, Jared Kelly, Michelle Mungo, Nicole Mungo Santel, Jessica Miers, who created the beautiful spray of family flowers,  Christine Greene,  Edward Van Getson V,  Shawn Hendricks, Wendi Hendricks, 10 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Barbara (Donald) Loving of Aledo, IL, Delores Lulow of Hastings, MN, 1 brother, George (Dinah) Van Getson of Milan, IL, and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, and 1 brother Leonard preceded him in death

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