Robert Eugene “Geno” Lysaght

September 27, 1929 ‒ May 05, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Robert Eugene “Geno” Lysaght, age 87, of Marion passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Friday, May 5, 2017. Geno was born one of two children in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 27, 1929 to the late Robert Emmett Lysaght and Agnes May (Acito) Lysaght.

Gene attended St. Clare Catholic Church in Cincinnati and later graduated from Roger Bacon High School in 1948 where he lettered in swimming and track. On October 7, 1950, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Gene married the late Patricia Ann McClarnon. Together they moved their family to Marion in 1962 forging new friendships and memories, while maintaining their close family roots in Cincinnati.

December 23, 1988, Gene married Connie (Dickerson) Rish. Together, they blended their families and spent the next twenty-eight years creating memories that would fill the hearts of all who knew them.

Gene will be remembered for his natural sense of humor and his way of making you feel like you were his best friend. Gene’s experiences in life touched every conversation, leading to a story or a song. He had a gift for listening and giving advice. He was happiest while surrounded by family and friends.

Gene retired from The Whirlpool Corporation in June of 1990 as the manager of the range engineering department. His community involvement included participation in the United Way and the Marion Area Toastmasters.

Geno will be missed by his loving wife Connie and children, Gerald (Rosi) Lysaght of Marion, Lane Lusenhop of Marion, Erin Robbins of Mt. Vernon, Daniel (Joan) Lysaght of Toledo, Michael (Jackie) Rish of Columbus and Mindy (Scott) Craft of Cleveland; grandchildren, Bryan (Ninella) Lysaght, Angie (Jared) Gehres, Sarah (Jake) Swogger, Adam and Keri Robbins, Paige and Veronica Lysaght, Bella Rish, and Chelsea and Mady Craft; great-grandchildren, Ninella and Patrick Lysaght, and Elijah Gehres.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Patricia, brother, Gerald, and grandson, Anthony Lusenhop.

Visitation will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 12-noon until 3pm, and 5pm until 8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 11, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 N. Main St., Marion, at 1pm with Father Thomas Buffer officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Geno’s honor to The American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Gene’s family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • Our heart’s are with the entire family,such a great person and will be sadly missed !

  • with deepest sympathy for your loss. Erin and Lane my prayers go out to you and your family.

  • How we loved Gene. He and Dad harassing each other over the leaves between their yards. Mom sitting and talking with Gene at the picnic table between our houses. The Wislers love goes out to the Lysaghts! Love, Gwen Wisler

  • My prayers go out to all who loved him. Lane and Erin— Keith and I are here for you if you need us.

  • We sure lucked out moving next door that summer of 1971. Geno was the best and his love for his family and friends was always front and center. You are all held close in our hearts as you begin this new journey without him. Love, Linda and Andrew

  • Lane, we always enjoyed your Dad’s company. I am glad for having know him and thankful that he had such a wonderful daughter. You are a great person and all his kids have made him proud. You are all great testimonials to his life. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. Love, Jan and Gene Harris

  • So sad for you all, what a great man. Many prayers for you all. Jenny Kelsey Balzer

  • God speed to a friend. You have left this world and my heart is sad. God called you because he needed another angel watch over your family from above.

  • God Speed Geno. You are the BEST. You treated us like Family. Our Granchildren Kiley and Quinn felt your love as did Larry and me. A piece of our heart has gone with you. RIP til we meet again.
    Larry and Claudia

  • What a Gentleman!! I met Gene thru Lane. I felt like I knew him forever. He was a ladies man, and such a Charmer. Heaven is Lucky to have you. Keep smiling!!

  • Connie, this is such a difficult time for you, your children and your family members. God bless you all.

  • Each time we embrace a memory, we meet again with those we love, for the heart never forgets. With love and condolences

    “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18

  • Connie, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Cherish your memories you made together. God Bless you all.
    Pat (Honaker) Temple

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Lysaght family at this sorrowful time. Geno was a wonderful, funny and lovable person who will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. We have many fond memories of him over the years we have known him; a very special friend with a very special family.

  • I worked for Gene in the late 80’s and I have to say he was the best Manager I ever had and an even better person. I’ll always remember the story of his cliff diving exploits in Acapulco. (Wink Wink)
    My condolences go out to Connie the family and all of his friends, of which their are many.

  • Erin,
    I am sorry that George and I were unable to attend the services. We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.