D. Gene Doup
April 20, 1936 ‒ February 13, 2017
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Darwin Gene Doup, 80, of Mount Vernon died after a short illness. He was born April 20, 1936 to the late Herbert and Lucille (Reed) Doup. Gene was a graduate of Utica High School and on December 22, 1956 he married the love of his life Virginia Kymer.
Gene served in the National Guard from 1957 to 1960. He was a Charter member of Pacemakers and helped to construct the drag strip. He was a driver at the Knox Vernon Speedway and was a huge fan of stock car racing.
His passion for cars and trucks led him to driving wrecker for Howard Street Garage, cement mixer for Ellis Brothers and delivering trucks for Robertson Trucking.
Gene enjoyed spending time with his sons coaching and watching them play ball as children and adults. He always loved a good laugh and was blessed with many friends whom he enjoyed teasing and playing practical jokes on.
Gene is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Virginia Doup; sons, Ron (Rhonda ) Doup and Greg Doup (Casey Conner) all of Mount Vernon; three grandchildren, Jamie Doup (Adam Simpson) of Galena, Ryan Doup (Cara Miller) of Westerville, Lexie Doup of Mount Vernon and great-grandson Zach Thomas of Galena. He is also survived by a sister, JoAnn Eddy of Marlinton, W.Va., a niece, Carrie Dawn (Mark) Beverage of Parkersburg, W.Va., a nephew, David (Teresa) Eddy of Reedsville, W.Va. and many more nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by son Randy Doup, a daughter Bonnie Sue Doup, a sister Marilyn Doup, parents Herbert and Lucille Doup and niece Debra Hammond.
Friends may call on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home where a Celebration of Life Service will begin at 7 p.m. Roger Marra will be officiating. The family will observe a private graveside service in Amity Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Gene’s name may be made to the Madhatters Of Knox County, 1008 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.
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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Darwin Gene Doup.