Gearold A. Stees

  • Born: February 18, 1943
  • Died: November 29, 2019
  • Location: Nelson, Illinois

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Rock Falls, IL 61071

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Gearold "Gabe" A. Stees
Gearold "Gabe" A. Stees, age 76, of Nelson, died Friday, November 29, 2019 at KSB Hospital in Dixon.
Gabe was born February 18, 1943 in Sterling the son of George and Edith (Vandusen) Stees. He married Margaret Hermes on September 2, 1961 in Morrison. Gabe was employed as a truck driver for Woods Brothers in Oregon for 35 years.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Stees of Nelson; five children, Michael (Kristjan Gavin) Stees of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Jim Stees of Rock Falls, John (April Savord) Stees of Nelson, Wendy Cover of Nelson and Peggy Stees of Dixon; two sisters, Cindy (Lonnie) Oldham and Jenny Stees both of Fla.; one brother, George (Pam) Stees of Dixon; four grandchildren, Jacqueline Carey, Shawn (Shana Nagy) Cover, Colton Stees and Trista Stees; and two great grandchildren, Emery Cover and Harlow Cover.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Vicky Ennis and Gwen Stees; two brothers-in-law, Clifford Ennis and Paul Hermes; one son-in-law, Fred Cover; and one granddaughter, Brogan Stees.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The funeral will be Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Richard Russo of St. Andrew Catholic Church and Pastor Dalmus Meeks co-officiating. Burial will be at Nelson Cemetery.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

To the family: I am so sorry for your loss!

Gerry, used to work for me as a driver at Woods. I will always remember the good talks we had after he came in from a weeks run on the road. (It would always start with "Daniel we need to talk") I enjoyed his infectious laugh, his occasional stubbornness, and his overall willingness to always get the job done right! He liked to joke a bit and it was always fun and a pleasure to work with him! I am sure he and some of his old buddy drivers Rod, Ruben, and Steve are telling some good trucking stories up in heaven!

Our prayers are with you!

Posted by Daniel Miller - West Bend, WI - Coworker   December 06, 2019

Cindy and Jen so sorry about the loss of your brother.

Posted by Sharon ScuffhamnALAb - ROCK FALLS, IL   December 05, 2019

My husband Butch and I both worked with Gerry at Woods. We called him Gerry!!!! He was a great guy and I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Pamela Turek - Coworker   December 03, 2019

I truly love this man. He taught me so much over the years. He was a Man's Man. He worked very hard for everything he ever had. He taught me to never give up. He taught me what real friendship really is. He was a proud man. He also loved his family very much and cherished his loved one's. He was stubborn to sometimes to a fault. But he was Old School it was his way or no way and he let you know it from the get go. When people die sometimes we try to make them look like a saint. But Gabe wouldn't want that. He wasn't perfect but who is ? He was my friend and I loved him like a father. I will miss him very much. I will miss him driving around town everyday in his Kabota he was so proud of. He would always stop and we would talk about whatever was bothering us. This town will never be the same without him and neither will I. I love you Gabe.

Posted by Chris Hamilton - Dixon, IL - Family Friend   December 02, 2019

R.I.P. Uncle Gabe You'll be missed by many. Tell all the our relatives hi for us.

Posted by Rose Hermes - Nelson, IL - Family   December 01, 2019