Gene E. Marks - 81

9/1/1934 - 6/14/2016

Byron, Illinois

Gene E. Marks, age 81, passed away on June 14, 2016 at Generations at Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron. He was born in Leaf River, IL on September 2, 1934 the son of Harold and Hazel (Tanner) Marks. He worked for many years as a custodian in the Byron Schools and for a time was head custodian. Gene joined the United Church of Byron and joined the church choir when he was 14 years old. In his spare time, he enjoyed going to the casinos in Iowa, volunteering at the senior center in Oregon, taking trips with the honor’s society and vacationing. He especially loved cruises. Gene liked to go to the local restaurants spending time at the Swedish Pancake House and Sunrise Restaurant and sitting with the guys at McDonald’s. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Emma Jane Marks and James Ray. He is survived by his nephew, James (Linda) Ray of Byron and Ron Grub of Rockford; niece Sheila (Lowin) Dinwiddie of Eldon, MO; great nieces and nephews, Lori ( Troy) Carlson, Jamie (Brian) Evans, Derick Beanland, Jared (Lelah) Stark, and Anthony (Mariah) Stark; great great nieces and nephews, Tristan, Kaitlyn, Kayla, Trinity, and Abel; cousin, Vonnie Wilson; and special friends Mike and Lisa and neighbor Bill. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday June 25, 2016 at the United Church of Byron with Pastor David Bateman officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10-11 am at the church. In lieu of flowers a memorial is established for the United Church of Byron Choir.

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