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Eugene "Gene" Absher, 91, of Hoopeston, Ill., passed away at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.
He was born July 26, 1925, in Sumner County, Tenn., the son of Ernie and Laura (Graves) Absher.
He married Imodean Taylor on Feb. 2, 1946, in Franklin, Ky. She preceded him in death.
He is survived by one daughter, Kathleen (John) Slaven of Hoopeston; two grandchildren, Jamee Slaven (Scotty Sweeney) and Aimee (Alex) Lugo; three great-grandchildren, Aiden, Kole and Karlee Lugo; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Haskel Absher.
Gene was a lift truck driver at Joan of Arc for 37 years until his retirement. He enjoyed camping, fishing and watching the Chicago Cubs. He also enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends at McDonald's and people watching. Gene's greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, especially at family cookouts.
A visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Oct. 31, at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston. The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at noon Monday at the funeral home, with Terry Polson officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.
Memorials may be made in Gene's honor to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Illinois Chapter 207 S. Prospect Road, Suite 1, Bloomington, IL 61704. Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Gene's eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.
Published on October 27, 2016
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