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.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Darwin Gene Doup.

  • Just so saddened by your loss of Gene. Bob and I used to watch him at the Knox Vernon Speedway, we have known he and Virginia for many years.
    God bless you all.

    Bob (Frosty) and Nance

  • Virginia and family, sincere sympathy on the passing of Gene. Thinking of all of you. Eileen Hartman

  • To Gene’s family, So sorry to read of Gene’s passing. Phil worked with him at Ellis Bros. Phil & Margaret Hunter

  • So sorry to hear about Gene. You have our Deepest Sympathy! (I was your mailcarrier for awhile)

    • New Gene well. Grown up around the family. Wonderful ppl. God will be with u Virginia and your family… Love u barb mawer.( Byrd ).

  • Virginia, JoAnn and Families.

    My deepest sympathy to both of you and your families. I went to school with Gene and JoAnn at Utica High. Haven’t seen either of them for years. God bless.

    Sue (Prior) Harwell

  • Gene was a great person to work with when I worked at Howard street . will be missed by all. Jack an Cindy mcdonald

  • Ron and I were so sorry to hear about Gene’s passing. Ron worked with him at Howard Street garage and was also a neighbor for a time.

  • Virginia ,Ron and Families, Remembering when we met ya’ll on W.Pleasent st and going to school with you Ron . Being Friends with my mom (Mary l Price ) Virginia we wish you Blessings be upon you at this time

  • Ron sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Our families have known each other for 50+ years and the west end will certainly never be the same. Deepest sympathy to you all. Keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers,
    The Jones family

  • Dear Virginia and family,
    Gene was such a good friend and like a brother to Harold. We will miss his smiling face and warm greeting. Love and deepest sympathy to you all.
    Marcia and Harold Bond, Jr.

  • Dearest Virginia,
    I am so sorry to hear about Gene my heart breaks for you. What a gentle soul he was and cute as a button. Know my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Be sure to tell Ron and Greg how sorry I am about them losing there Dad.

  • Virginia & Family,
    With sympathy our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss.

  • Sorry to hear about Gene. I met Gene at the PPG. We always had fun talking and joking with him. Met the Kymer at old Fourth Ward. My sympathy goes out to you Virginia and the boys.

  • Virginia, Ron and Greg,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. I’ve known Gene from my days in the West end. My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • We are so sorry for your loss and are holding you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Buck Hall, Judy Niebel, and Lindy Hall Terry