Gene E. Watson

September 12, 1949 ‒ December 22, 2020

Galion, Ohio

Gene E. Watson, 71, of Galion passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus after being in declining health.

Born September 12, 1949 in Galion, he was the son of Wayne and Fern (Cameron) Watson. He married Marilyn (Holloway) Watson on December 28, 1970 and she survives.

He was a graduate of Galion High School in 1967 and worked as a photographer for 30 years of which 20 years was with United Church Directories in Galion.  He was also a Life Insurance agent and has spent the last three years driving semi-truck with his son.  Gene attended Faith Baptist Church in Ontario, enjoyed woodworking, electronics, photography, was hard working, always doing something and especially enjoyed spending time with family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Michael Watson of Galion Mark (Gina) Watson of Mansfield; grandchildren, Rion Watson of Crestline and Mikayleigh Shoemaker of Galion and great grandson, Zyann.

In addition to his parents and he was preceded in death by a daughter Lisa Douglas, five brothers and one sister.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2020 with Pastor Dave Davenport officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Galion.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Gene Watson, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Most of my memories with Uncle Gene are from when I was young. But even when I got to see him in my adult years he was so very nice to me. He will be greatly missed. My heart aches for you Aunt Marilyn, cousins and the rest of the close family. I wish I could be there to help comfort you during this heart breaking time. But I will be thinking of all of you and praying for peace and comfort. I love you all.

  • On behalf of the GHS Class of 1967, we send our deepest condolences for the loss of Gene, our classmate. He was a warm and friendly guy. I am sure he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

    Marsha McCracken Cheesman
    GHS Class

  • Marilyn, Michael, Mark and family: I am so, so sorry to hear about Gene. I’ve known him and all of you for many, many years and I know what you are going through, having just lost Bob. Bob and I always enjoyed talking with him whenever the family got together. Gene was a well respected professional photographer at UCD, of which I worked those 20+ years with him. He was a great guy. He will be missed. My thoughts and heart are with you all. Sandy G.

  • Marilyn and family, so sorry for your loss. Gene grew up on South Street with us and he was always a very nice guy. God bless you.

  • To the Watson Family,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Gene. We always enjoyed talking to Gene.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Mark and family,
    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Our hearts are hurting for you. May you find comfort in the memories you shared with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • I cared for Gene when he was in the ICU at Galion. He was so kind, caring, and always had a positive attitude. I would be sure to see him first because he always had encouraging words like “today is going to be a great day.” He will be missed. My condolences go out to his family and friends. My grandpa just passed at OSU as well with the same exact complications. They reminded me of each other despite having the same health issues. Always happy go lucky men.