Donald E. "Gene" Echelberry, 85, of Tiffin, passed away Thursday evening, Sept. 27, 2012, at his home.
He was born on Aug. 14, 1927, in Republic, to Donald and Dorothy (Fugitt) Echelberry. He married Marilyn Bahl in 1961, and she preceded him in death in 1980.
Survivors include his caregiver, Susie (Steve) Smith of Old Fort; and close friends, Christy (Randy) Wiser and their children, Olivia Wiser and Abigail Wiser-Young, Jeff (Amanda) Smith and their children, Mitchell and Jacob Smith, Dick Runion and Wayne Coffman, all of Tiffin.
He was also preceded in death by his parents.
Gene was a member of the United States Army Air Corp. from March 28, 1946, to Sept. 27, 1947, serving in World War II. He worked at several car dealers around Tiffin for many years and also at Early Country Antique Shop in downtown Tiffin for more than 13 years. He enjoyed antiquing and dogs, especially his best friend, Zoe. Gene was a very simple man and good hearted.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Fairmont Cemetery with military honors being conducted by the United Veterans Council.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Seneca County Humane Society.
Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.