Age 93, devoted Husband, cherished Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, dear brother, neighbor, and friend, entered into eternal rest on the morning of June 15, 2020.
Gene was born December 3, 1926 to Robert and Mary (Hoelle) Blakley in Hamilton, Ohio. He was raised on a dairy farm with his sister Norma Barnes, who survives. He attended Hanover School and on February 18, 1950 he married the love of his life, Juanita Hackworth, and to this union four children were born: Lynn, Beverly, Kevin and Scott.
A life-long farmer in Milford Township, Gene loved the Lord, the land, the farm, the farm home and all it had to offer. After retiring from the farm, Gene worked for Miami University as a Supervisor of Housekeeping, where his encouraging words and friendly smile was greatly missed when he retired for a second time, for he never met a stranger, only one who would become his friend. He was respected as a hard worker and was as honest as the day is long.
He served his community well as a Township Trustee from 1972-1980 often working with the Board of Health, was a Volunteer Fireman, ASCS and Zoning Board Member, as well as a past member of Oxford Senior Citizens, Butler County Farm Bureau, Honorary Chapter Farmer of the Talawanda FFA, and Pomona Grange #32.
He was Master/President of Collinsville Grange #2264 for nearly 50 years. Along with his wife, he hosted many community Grange meetings and Junior Grange events at their home. He also served on the Ohio State Grange Executive Committee from 1972-78. Gene was also a Seventh Degree Grange member and was chairman of the Grange Booth displays at the Butler County Fair for many years, as well as past Superintendent of the Produce Department at the Butler County Fair and sold tickets for grandstand events, as well. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Oxford for over 50 years, serving faithfully as an Usher, until recently transferring his membership to St. Julie Billiart Church in Hamilton.
Left to cherish his memory are his four children, Lynn (Bill) Eisele; Beverly (Philip) Foutz; Kevin (Anita) Blakley, and Scott (Janet) Blakley; Beloved Grandchildren: Robyn Huston, Heath (Tracy) Eisele, Tyler (Kim) Sparks, Trisha (Mike) Adkins, Holly (Ivan) Munoz, Brian (Hollie) Foutz, Laurie (David) Wethington, Kyle (Amber) Blakley, Dean (Laney) Blakley, Jerry (Erin), Josh (Taylor), and Justin Blakley; and twenty-three great grandchildren. He is also survived by Loretta Schenck Janik, sister-in-law.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita in 2016, his parents, one child at birth, sister-in-law, Marjorie Fisher; brothers-in-law, Donald Fisher, Eddie Schenck, Frank Janik, and Lloyd Barnes, as well as, his mother and father-in-law, Goldie and James Hackworth.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be sent to Collinsville Grange #2264, 854 Oxford-Middletown Rd. Hamilton, OH 45013, or sent to Ohio State Grange to be set aside for the "Junior or Youth Grange Department" at 16303 Village Parkway, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019-9585.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Woodland Country Manor for their warm and loving care of our father over the last 2 1/2 years.
Brown, Dawson-Flick Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements for the family. Condolences may be made on line at www.browndawsonflick.com. Visitation will be held at Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home, 1350 Millville Ave. Hamilton, OH from 9:00AM -10:30AM on Saturday June, 20, 2020 with a funeral Mass of Christian burial at St. Julie Billiart Church at 11:00AM. Final resting place will be the Collinsville Cemetery in Milford Township.
Eugene was such a wonderful man to know and take care of along with his loving wife. Sorry for your loss.
|He will be missed...he was a great neighbor and friend|
Cassie McCartney for Marie Garnett
|The Garnett family sends our love and prayers to your family. Mom so enjoyed visiting with Gene in the halls of WCM. They were classmates in elementary years at Hanover. Dad and Don enjoyed Saturday chats with Juanita and Gene at the Uptown Farmer's Market. |
|Gene was a wonderful man. worked with him at Miami always had a smile and a thank you at the end of the day so sorry for your loss|
|Wonderful memories of Gene, he taught me how to drive a tractor, load a hay wagon correctly and how to get back on after hitting a groundhog hole! But my fondest memory of Gene would be his true friendship with my dad, Lon Beasley.|
|I was a housekeeper at Woodland.
Gene brightened my day everyday.
He is an example of a wonderful man and person. I loved to listen to his farming stories.
My condolences to the family|
|Gene was a wonderful neighbor, and I know that he was loved by so many. So sorry for your loss, Roland and I are here if you need anything. Prayers for you and your family. |
|This present world has lost another great sole ! Gene was a great man to be around and was always positive when I was around him! This world needs more folks like him!|
Jim & Pat Wessel
|Gene, a cousin who filled our lives with sunshine! So many great memories, dances, picnics, fairs, parties and card games. Prayers for all his family for their loss.|
|Trish I'm so sorry for your guys ost many prayers in love 2 family and Friends God bless you all|
|Gene was a compassionate farmer. He taught me about gardening. He will be missed. RIP my friend. Tell my mom & dad I said hi. God Bless!|
Mary Jane Roberts
|What a wonderful dad you had Lynn, Bev, Scott and Kevin. You have my sympathy. I am praying for peace for you.|
Noah and Joyce Ann Blosser
|You have our deepest, most heartfelt sympathy in the death of Gene. We always enjoyed being with them at convention and now the rest of the family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers |
Patty and Gib Hunter
What a wonderful man your father was I know you were a blessing to him as he was to you. God bless your family during this difficult time.
|Bev and Lynn, I remember your dad very well; such a warm and friendly man, as was your mom. I remember meeting them when we were all in high school. I pray that your hearts are filled with sweet memories, and that you are rejoicing that your parents are together and that they've graduated to Glory, from this broken world. Praying for you as you celebrate your dad's life.|
Richard &Ada Cummins
|Bev & Family,
So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven has gained another angel. |
|It was a pleasure spending time with Gene. He loved his family. We will miss his gentle personality at Woodland. |