Eugene W. “Gene” Weikel
July 07, 1922 ‒ November 13, 2015
Eugene W. “Gene” Weikel, age 93, of Chesterville, went to be with the Lord, early Friday morning, November 13, 2015, at Bennington Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Marengo.
On July 7, 1922, he was born in Greenville, WV, the son of the late Verdie D. and Mattie C. (Matney) Weikel. He was raised on a farm in West Virginia, and they moved as a family to the Chesterville area when he was a junior in high school. He graduated from Chesterville High School in the class of 1940.
Upon arriving in Chesterville, he quickly met the love of his life, Virginia “Ginny” Calvert, and realized this is where he would want to make his home to be with her. Shortly following her graduation they were married, and together they shared fifty one years of marriage and lovingly raised four children.
A dedicated worker all of his life, Gene started in Chesterville working on a farm for over twenty years, with Ginny helping by his side. Next, he worked for over twenty years at Stone Container in Mansfield. A jack of all trades, he also worked in construction both for himself and for Bill Smith, Smith Home Improvement. During those winters, he would head to Texas to build homes and barns for fifteen years too.
A man of faith, Gene was a member of the Morrow Bible Church, where he helped to construct the church and where he shared a special relationship with their minister, Pastor Marvin Gassman. Previously he was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church, again helping construct the church. He also proudly went on a mission trip to Ecuador to help build a church for them too.
Learning to hunt and fish as a child, Gene had a lifelong passion for spending time in the outdoors in search of that great catch. He shared his love for hunting and fishing with his sons and grandsons.
Having a heart of gold, Gene always wanted to make sure everyone was taken care of. He was always worried about the well-being of his family.
He will be missed by two children: Ronald (Connie) Weikel of Fredericktown and Roberta “Birdie” Briley of Marengo; thirteen grandchildren: Rodney (Carrie) Weikel, Kim (Tony) Berry, Ralph Weikel, Jim (Glenna) Hatten, Tammy Hatten, Marsha (Dave) Welle, Shawn (Kelly) Weikel, Shad (Joyce) Weikel, Brian (Jamie) Weikel, Michelle (Tim) Colatruglio, Tammy (John) Underwood, Lori (John) Cecil, Rebecca (Vince) Serio; thirty one great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons and daughter-in-law: Robert Weikel, and Rodger (Karen) Weikel; his former wife, Virginia Levings; two brothers: Sherman and Marshall Weikel; and three sisters: Naomi Steagall, Edna Hatfield, and Thelma Rogers.
His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, November 16th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life will also be held there at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with Pastor Marvin Gassman officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Morrow Bible Church.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Gene’s family, and special memories and condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.