Joe Gound, 87, of Bettendorf, Iowa, passed away at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House on June 8, 2017.  
A memorial service celebrating his life was Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Bettendorf Presbyterian Church. Inurnment, with military honors, will be at Rock Island National Cemetery on Arsenal Island.  
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to Bettendorf Presbyterian Church or Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.
Joe was born Nov. 5, 1929, in Sulphur, Okla., to Scottie and Ruth Gound.  He spent most of his childhood in Newton and Marion, Kan. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor of arts degree.  
He also spent four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, stationed in Japan.
Joe was united in marriage to Marjorie Carter on Aug. 10, 1955, in Savannah, Ga., and moved to Des Plaines, Ill.
He worked at World Book Encyclopedia in Chicago for 25 years and retired in 1991, then lived in Hot Springs Village, Ark., for 13 years before moving to Bettendorf, Iowa, in 2007.
Joe expressed his artistic creativity through many hobbies, including woodworking, ceramics, stained glass and set design for the theater in Hot Springs Village, Ark.  
He and Marjorie loved to travel, visiting all 50 states and several other countries. At the age of 82, he traveled to China, including Hong Kong and Thailand.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 61 years, Marjorie; daughter Kimberlee (Joe) Turner, Bettendorf, Iowa; son Mitchell (Dana) Gound, Suwanee, Ga.; grandchildren Christine (David) Perkins, Ellen (fiancée Zac Rasmussen) Turner, Richard Turner, Daria Gound, Devin Gound, Max Gound and twin great-grandchildren, Ryan and Jayne Perkins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Scottie George Gound.
Arrangements were by Runge Mortuary & Crematory, Davenport, Iowa.