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1914 George 2001

George W. Bethell

December 28, 1914 — October 28, 2001

George W. Bethell, age 86, of Aledo, Illinois, died Sunday, October 28, 2001, at Mercer County Hospital in Aledo.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday at College Avenue Presbyterian Church, Aledo, with the Reverend Carl Stoldt officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Trimble Funeral Home, Aledo. Burial will be in Peniel Cemetery, Joy, IL. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society or to The College Avenue Presbyterian Church.

George W. Bethell was born December 28, 1914, in Ripley County, Missouri, the son of John L. and Alice (Autrey) Bethell. He married Gertrude Castle on May 7, 1940, in Tipton, Iowa. Through the years, Mr. Bethell had been a salesman for the Davenport Packing Co., owned and operated a meat market in Aledo, and farmed for over 20 years. He was a member of the College Avenue Presbyterian Church, Mercer County Farm Bureau, the Moline Vikings, Davenport Moose Club, and the Varsity Dinner Dance Group. He enjoyed spending much of his time with his family, bowling, woodworking, bird and squirel watching, and fishing.

Mr. Bethell's survivors include his wife, Gertrude of Aledo; daughters and sons-in-law, Marna and David Ehlers of Coal Valley, IL, and Diana and James Vance of Aledo; a son and daughter-in-law, George and Jane Bethell of Davenport, IA; sister and brother-in-law, Effie and Horace Paul of Viola, IL; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Doris Bethell of Aledo; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Bessie, Alma, Ida, and Martha; and brothers, Jess, Herbert, and John.

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