A memorial service celebrating Gene's life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. David Esche will officiate. Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded, and inurnment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation for Gene will be one hour prior to the memorial service (10 to 11 a.m.) Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to Rebuilding Together.
Gene was born on Oct. 29, 1938, in Canton, Ill., the son of Perry and Olivene Ellis Williams. He was a graduate of Canton Senior High School. Gene was united in marriage to Patricia A. Averill on Aug. 19, 1958, in Lewiston, Ill.
He worked at Case I.H. for 30 years as a welder, retiring in 1992. Gene belonged to the Geneseo Gun Club. He played softball when he was younger and enjoyed playing the guitar. He had a true love for country music.
Survivors include his wife, Pat; two sons, Mark Williams, Geneseo, and Steve Williams, Des Moines, Iowa; one daughter, Jennifer Walsh, Millersville, Md.; four grandchildren, Kevin Williams, Marcus Williams, Matthew Walsh and Aidan Walsh; three sisters, Betty Kinzer, Geneseo, Linda Voorshees, Ohio, and Judy Swearingen, California.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
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