HILLSDALE, Ill. - Chad C. Gerard, 43, of Hillsdale, Illinois, died Monday, October 22, 2012, at his home. Graveside services and burial will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2012, at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Visitation will be held from noon to 1:45 p.m. Friday at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron. Those wishing to attend the graveside service will need to be at the funeral home by 1:45 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Chad Gerard Memorial Fund.

Chad C. Gerard was born October 19, 1969, in Geneseo, Ill., the son of Otis Gerard and Rosemary Malmstrom. He graduated from Rock Island Senior High School. Chad proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He married Melinda Brown on January 9, 1998, in Rock Island. Chad was self-employed as a breeder of Husky dogs and he worked part time for Big River Antiques.

Survivors include his parents, Otie (Dalene) Gerard, Carbon Cliff, and Rose Rodell, Freeport, Ill.; wife, Melinda "Mendy" Gerard, Hillsdale; son, Matthew Gerard, Hillsdale; mother-in-law, Judith Brown, Port Byron; three brothers; five sisters; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Online condolences may be made at gibsonbodefh.com.

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