Mr. John W. Tribbey, Galesburg Chapel

61, of Galesburg, died at 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2012 in Rosewood Care Center.
He was born July 27, 1951 in San Diego, Calif. the son of Dr. Gene and Manetta Waldron Tribbey. He married Sue Wong July 14, 1973 in Galesburg.
He is survived by his father, Dr. Gene Tribbey of Galesburg; a brother, Kenneth (and Polly) Tribbey of Larkspur, Colo.; a sister, Janet (and Bob) Shimmin of Peoria, Ill.; and, Sue Tribbey of Galesburg. He was preceded in death by his mother.
John graduated from Galesburg High School in 1970. He went on to attend Eastern Illinois University and Carl Sandburg College. He was a self-employed hairdresser. John was also an artist focusing on welded sculpture. He created the baseball player statue which stands at Voyles Ballpark.
Cremation will be accorded. No visitation or formal service is planned. Private family services will be held. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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13 Guestbook Entries to “Mr. John W. Tribbey, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. John was a very special friend. I will deeply miss him.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Sara Esp

  2. John was my dear mother’s hairdresser for years and he was always kind and had excellent creative ideas. He even visited her at home when she became unable to go to his shop. He was a sweet man and will be missed by those who knew him.
    My deepest sympathies to the family.

  3. To Susie and John’s Family,
    So very, very sorrow for the lost of John.
    I knew John as an artist from high school and as hairdresser
    who gave me a very stylish hair cut. His garden was wonderful. His talent will be missed greatly.
    Brenda Patterson

  4. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of John…..I’m so very sorry for your loss ….John will be truly missed….May he rest in peace

  5. John was a good friend.

  6. John not only was a good hair stylist but also a very good conversationalist..
    Good Memories…

  7. Sorry to learn of johns passing, we got to be friends over the years with his interest in art, antiques and his wonderful pond. John was a neat guy and will be missed by all!

  8. John was creative, wonderful conversationalist and generous to all. Our deepest sympathy to his friends and family.

  9. My deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time.
    John and I had so much fun when we had the beauty shop together on Henderson St.

  10. My deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time.

  11. John couldn’t have been kinder to my mother, Louise Burns. She braved inclement weather for years to get to his salon. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I knew John as well, and he was a great guy. All my sympathy, Susan

  12. Dear Gene and family,
    Words fail to express the sorrow I feel for the loved ones John had to leave behind.
    With sympathy, Ruth Ann

  13. Dear Sue,
    It saddens us to think that John went through so much pain but we know you did everything to help him and support him. May his passing bring only good memories and may you be comforted by your friends and family. He was so talented and we have enjoyed the sculptures and gardens he so loved as have many others. With sympathy, Dinalee and Dave

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