James Joseph Gende ’62

Lt. Col. James (Jim) Joseph Gende, USMC Ret., passed away December 13, 2019, in Moline. He served ably and honorably as an officer in the Korean War, and ultimately entered the USMC Reserves, serving for a time as Commanding Officer of the local USMC Reserve Company. Jim practiced law for 35 years and started his own firm, helped create Hungry Hobo, and was one of the start-up owners of SnowStar, the Quad Cities only ski area. He was deeply committed to helping others in his community, serving on many boards, and was a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress in 1973.