Gene Leon Whaley, 82, of Chillicothe, passed away on Jan. 2, 2017, at the Vineyards at Concord, Frankfort, after a brief illness.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1934, in Circleville.
On Oct. 21, 1955, he married the love of his life, Joan R. Whaley, who preceded him in death on Sept. 15, 2015.
He is survived by his beloved children, Sherry (Rick) Stevens, Mark (Carla) Whaley and Marvin (Linda) Whaley; grandchildren, Crystal (John) Hughes, Jill (Jamie) Unger, Matthew (Tiffany) McGee and Joy (Tom) Brown; great-grandchildren, Breanna, Hunter, Addy “The Little One,” Hayden, Dankia, Summer and Autumn; sister, Carolyn Lump; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his parents, Evert and Mary (Albright) Whaley; brothers-in-law, Larry Lump and Dave and Harold Richter; sisters-in-law, Kate and Audrey Richter; and special uncle and aunt, Glenn and Myrtle Albright.
Gene proudly served his country in the US Navy and was stationed on the USS Platte during the Korean War.
He was also a 35-year member of the Green Township Fire Department and a member of the American Legion Post 291, Kingston.
Gene loved hunting, fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at the Hill Funeral Home, Kingston, with Rev. Barry Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with military honors. Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hill’s.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Gene’s name to the Green Township Fire Department, P.O. Box 700, Kingston, OH 45644; or American Legion Post 291, P.O. Box 111, Kingston, OH 45644.
Condolences can be made on Gene’s online guest registry at www.hillfhkingston.com.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal