DANVILLE – Harry Geades, 88, of Danville passed away at 7:25 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at Presence United Medical Center, Danville. Services will be at noon Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Pape Family Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams St., Danville, IL 61832, with Pastor Jimmy Hopper officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at Pape's. Entombment will be in Sunset Cemetery, with military rites by Danville American Legion Post 210. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 100 Franklin St., Danville, IL 61832.
Harry was born Sept. 15, 1925, in Westville (Midway) to Anthony and Minnie (nee McGlasson) Geades. He attended Danville High School and graduated in 1943. Harry then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean War. He was also a recipient of a Purple Heart. Harry came back to serve his community as an Illinois State Police trooper and on the Danville Police Department from 1955 to 1979, retiring as a captain. In his retired years, he was a bailiff at the Vermilion County Courthouse.
Harry was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Danville, serving as a deacon and a member of The Session. He was a member of the Anchor Masonic Lodge, Danville American Legion Post 210, the Police Protective and Benevolent Association, the Danville Noon Rotary, and the YMCA.
Harry enjoyed playing racketball, camping, traveling and doing yard work. In his retired years, he enjoyed spending five months out of the year vacationing in Dunedin, Fla. Most of all, Harry was a great family man. He always put his family first.
Harry married Agnes "Scotty" Landles on Jan. 12, 1947, in Freehold, N.J. She survives. Also surviving are his two children, Elizabeth (Robert) Neff of Danville and Jim Geades of Dunlap; five grandchildren, Kimberly (Roger) White and Shanda (Scott) Jacobsen, both of Danville, Benjamin Geades of Phoenix and Anthony Strubberg and Amy Moody, both of Danville; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, George, James, Paul, and Stephen.
Harry will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and community.
Memories can be left at www.papemortuary.com.