Gene R. Siddall
Gene R. Siddall
Feb. 20, 1929-Sept. 2, 2011
PLYMOUTH — Gene R. Siddall, 82, passed away at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 in the Center for Hospice Care in Elkhart. Formerly of Argos, Gene has been a resident on North Michigan Road, Plymouth for the past 20 years.
Gene was one of 10 children born to Glenn C. and Frieda (Heyway) Siddall. His birth was Feb. 20, 1929 in Kokomo. He was a graduate of Elston High School in Michigan City.
He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959.
July 29, 1977 in Big Cabin, Okla. he married Winnifred “Winnie” Spellacy who preceded him in death March 31, 2008.
From 1980 to 1994 Gene served as the Marshall County Building Commissioner.
Gene had a 55-year passion in aviation as a pilot and parachutist and following his retirement he worked part time for the Plymouth Municipal Airport, caring for and fueling planes.
He held membership in EAA – Experimental Aircraft Association, AOPA – Aircraft Owner Pilots Association and POPS – Parachutist over Pharty (40) Society.
A ham radio operator, Gene’s call # known to many was WB5KVE.
He is survived by four children; Jeanie L. (Doug) Dell of Cincinnati, Ohio, Robert B. (Viva Jo) Siddall of Bayles Lake, Ill., Robin Sue (Bernie) Buckman and Jeff Siddall all of Tulsa, Okla. along with multiple grand and great-grandchildren.
Siblings include; Marjorie Toothaker of South Bend, James (Carol) Siddall of Knox, David Siddall of Omaha, Neb. and Charles (Judy) Siddall of Douglas, Wyo. and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sisters; Mary Jane Sechrist and Glenna Rethlake, and by brothers; his twin, Jack, Gerald and Kenneth Siddall and grandson; Corbin Siddall.
Gene will be laid to rest alongside his wife Winnie and grandson Corbin in the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Loda, Ill.
A Celebration of Life service will be held during the next Siddall Family Reunion, at 10 a.m. June 10, 2012 at the Bass Lake Indiana Recreation Center.
The Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth is assisting with arrangements.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 104 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563.
Notes of condolence may be sent to the family at, www.johnson-danielson.com.
Funeral Director – Randall L. Danielson – 574-936-2829