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Gene Allen Vandervort

Published: Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 9:18 a.m. CDT

CARBON HILL, Ill. — Mr. Gene Allen "Geno" Vandervort, 74, of Carbon Hill, Ill., passed away Friday afternoon, Dec. 28, 2012.

Born Sept. 12, 1938, in Ottawa, Ill., Geno is a son of Gladys (Allen) Zacciginni of Marseilles and the late Earl "Red" Vandervort. He was raised and educated in Ottawa, and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.

Geno worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet, Ill., from where he retired on July 1, 1998, after 36 years of service. He was a former professional bowler, who enjoyed golfing and vegetable gardening. Geno loved his four-legged companion Butterball, and moreover cherished the time spent with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his mother, Gladys Zacciginni of Marseilles, Ill.; four children, Jay (Lisa) Vandervort and Nikki Vandervort, both of Virginia, Mandy (Mike) Krone of Coal City, Ill., and Alex Vandervort of Carbon Hill; five grandchildren, Samantha, Sara and Caden Vandervort, Makenzi Hahn, and Mikey Krone; two sisters, Janet Youngling of Marseilles and Paula (Richard) Farrero of Carbon Hill; his former wife and friend, Cheryl Tvrz of Braceville; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Geno was preceded in death by his father, Earl "Red" Vandervort; his stepfather, James Zacciginni; and one brother, Conrad Vandervort.

Cremation rights have been accorded and a private family memorial will be held. Inurnment with full military honors will take place in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at a later date.

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Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd., 75 North Broadway in Coal City. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 634-2125).

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