EUGENE E. FRANCIS
JAN. 24, 1928-DEC. 23, 2008
Eugene E. “Gene” Francis, 80, of Bellevue, died late Tuesday evening, Dec. 23, 2008, in The Bellevue Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 24, 1928, in Monroeville. Gene was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Bellevue, and Bellevue Eagles 490. Eugene enjoyed restoring antique farm tractors, playing cards, building and repairing just about anything and spending time with his family and friends.
He retired from Chapin & Chapin Heavy Highway Construction Co. in 1995 after 17 years of service and previously worked for 32 years at Bellevue Milk Producers Inc.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia (Bickley) Francis; two daughters, Karen S. (Leonard) LaRose of Cape Coral, Fla., and Kelly A. (Tom) Heckman of Bluffton, Ohio; two sons Scott M. (Gayle) Francis of Bellevue, and Jerry L. (Jeri) Francis of Chatham, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph W. and Irene L. (Walters) Francis; one grandson, Chad Daniel Francis; one brother, Dale W.; one sister, Doris M. Caldwell; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Francis.
Funeral services will be private. Entombment will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park. The Rev. Robert R. Bottoms will officiate. Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1689 E. 115th St., Cleveland, OH 44106-3988, or to Alzheimer’s Association, 2500 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.