Eugene A. Traxler

December 16, 1932 ‒ February 13, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Eugene A. “Gene” Traxler, age 84, of Marion, died Monday morning, February 13, 2017, at home with his loving family by his side every step of the way following a year long battle with cancer.

On December 16, 1932, Gene was born in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, the son of the late Arthur N. Traxler and Cora E. (Swinehart) Traxler Bennett.  He graduated from McCutchenville High School in the class of 1952.

Following high school, Gene was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He served his country overseas, with one of his proudest achievements being when “he tamed a lion in Africa with a rattlesnake,” as his story went.

Upon his honorable discharge, Gene returned home to Wyandot County, where he worked at Swan Rubber Manufacturing Company.  One of his co-workers helped line up a date for Gene and a young lady, Opal Spradlin.  They met on June 3 in 1955, and the rest was history.  Knowing they were meant for one another, they got married a month and a half later in Barnetts Creek, Kentucky.  They cherished every minute of their sixty one years together, and lovingly raised three children.

For most of his career, Gene worked as a press operator for Tecumseh Products and Glen Wood Range Manufacturing, which became Amana.  Lastly, he worked for many years for the Marion City Schools, retiring in 2008.

A man of faith, Gene was a lifelong member of the United Baptist Church.  He also was a Mason, originally becoming a member in Lafayette, Ohio.

In his younger years, Gene had a love for hunting and fishing, a love he passed down to his sons, Lloyd and Chris.  He also enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden every year.  Gene’s favorite pastime though was bowling.  He absolutely loved bowling, bowling every chance he got until he was no longer able last year due to his health.

A jokester, Gene loved to pick on everyone and that was his ornery way of showing you he cared.  He had a charm about him, and his “happy go lucky” personality was contagious making everyone fall in love with him.  He truly was a fantastic man, who never met a stranger.

Gene will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Opal Traxler; three children: Debra (Ron) Craft, Lloyd (Brenda) Traxler, and Chris Traxler; seven grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren; two siblings: Harold (Joanne) Traxler and Carolee (Lawrence) Mullholand; a half-sister, June (Paul) Boyer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jeff Alcorn; a grandson, Bruce Alcorn; a sister, Ruth (Ira J.) Moses; and two half-sisters: Lillian Lockhart and Bonnie Lee Moore.

Gene’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion, where Masonic services will be observed at 4 p.m.  Services honoring his life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Friday, with Elders Rutherford Blair and Harlan Burnett, and Brother Bob Ricketts officiating.  His family will again greet friends for an hour prior to his services.  Burial will follow in Grand Prairie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marion County Veterans Services, 220 E. Fairground St., Suite 101, Marion, OH 43302, or to OhioHealth Marion General Hospital Hospice, 1713 Marion-Mount Gilead Rd., Suite 107, Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Gene’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Dear Chris, Clay, and Alex,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad, Chris. He was a very nice man the few times I was able to be with he and your mom. Please know of our thoughts and prayers for you during this difficult time. May God guide you and comfort you in your grief. Blessings and Love, Paul, Amy(Millie),Nathan, and Natalie Rohyans

  • Gene was always onrey and very enjoyable. One that would extend a hand of comfort to anyone that needed it. I am sure he will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. Opal and all remember he isn’t hurting now. He is bowling with Jesus now. May God carry you thru this time. Luv and prayers

  • Dear Opal and family, We were so sorry about Gene’s passing. He was a great guy and made those Saturday nights at the bowling alley a lot of fun. You are in our thought and prayers. May GOD be with you at this time.

  • Opal,
    Thinking of you and your family again today.
    We will surely miss Gene’s greeting for everyone when
    he got to church on Sunday morning.
    You have ny sympathy and my love.
    Erma Conley

  • Chris and family, so truly sorry for your loss, thinking of you and hoping God helps you through your time of grief and sorrow, God bless

  • Gene, it is so sad that cancer has taken a very special person like my brother from us. Always had a beautiful smile no matter where he was at, never knew a stranger & quite a teaser. We love you Gene. RIP!!❤😘🙏

  • Debbie. Lloyd, Chris….so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Keep the memories alive by sharing them with each other and with your mom. Debbie (Mason) Aldridge