Eugene W. “Gene” Weikel

July 07, 1922 ‒ November 13, 2015

Chesterville, Ohio

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

  • Dear Weikel family:

    It was an honor to get to know Eugene. He was a great man with a deep faith in God. He was wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He liked talking about the things of God. He had a great smile.

    He had a great family that loved him and supported him until his final days. He will have a special place in heaven.

    May God’s comfort and peace be with the family.


    Dave Matos and family.

  • Ronnie and Bertie,
    What memories I have of your parents. I often was the farm hand with your dad as he and my dad shared in the various farm activities. It was your dad that was with my dad when he had a farm accident. We were always appreciative of his care during that very difficult time. Gene was and always will be a special person in my memories.
    God Bless

  • I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. When ever I would see either one of your parents I always felt so happy because they were a big part of my childhood. Such kind and loving people. Prayers and love to all of you.

  • I am so sorrowful at Gene`s death. Growing up in the Harmony Bapitst Church he was a great leader and teacher. I learned alot from Gene. So kind and gentle to all. You ask him a question about the bible and he had it , most generally didn`t have to look up. He laugherd alot, His wife Ginney was a real gem to all. Birdie and all family members he is going to be missed. All of our greats from our childhood are going way to fast and Gene is one of the greats. Loved him dearly. I can see all the family and friends in heaven laughing and talking and watching over all of us here. Linda

  • Roberta and Ronnie so sorry to hear about your dad. Wish I could get up to Ohio but can’t at this time. Your cousin Nancy.

  • The Sears Family are saddened by the passing of Gene. He will be missed.
    Richard C. Sears, Jr. and Family

  • Ronnie, Connie, and Birdie,

    I was so sorry to hear about the death of Eugene. He was one of my favorite people at the nursing home. He always smiled and talked with me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and you go through the next few days.

    Carolyn Baldwin

  • To all the Weikel family: Deepest condolences for the loss of Gene. He and Ginny were always so friendly to me and my family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.