ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. – Gene Roy Megenhardt, 66, of Ellettsville, Ind., passed away at 12 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 24, 2014) after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.
Gene was born Oct. 20, 1947, in Brazil, Ind., the son of Roy and Lois Megenhardt. He married Virginia N. Mallory on Sept. 8, 1966, in Danville. They were happily married for 36 years until her passing on April 19, 2003.
He lived in the Oakwood area for over 60 years, at which time he moved to Ellettsville, Ind., and then married our wonderful stepmother, Linda (Landers) Steers on April 12, 2008 (formerly of the Shelbyville, Ill., area). They were married for six years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; daughter, Tammy (Megenhardt) Bales of Shepherdsville, Ky.; son, Shawn (Kristin) Megenhardt of Champaign; daughter, Kari (Lincoln) Lynch of Shelbyville; son, Jason Steers of Shelbyville; daughter, Robyn (John) Carswell of Shelbyville; seven grandchildren, Ross and Reed Reinier, Brayden and Brooklyn Lynch, and Savannah, Elizabeth, and Mary Katherine Carswell; five nieces; and four nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia; mother, Lois (Wright) Megenhardt; father, Roy (Stickles) Megenhardt; brother, Richard Megenhardt; and sister, Beverly (Megenhardt) Watkins.
Gene had been a lifelong member of the Oakwood Christian Church and a member of the Order of the Masonic Mason Free Will Lodge No. 872, where he was a 32nd Order.
He worked at the Danville branch of Pepsi Cola for over 42 years, beginning as a delivery driver to becoming a regional manager of both the Danville, Ill., and Bloomington, Ind., branches.
He was known and respected for coaching Oakwood Little League football and baseball for over 10 years, serving also on the Oakwood High School Board of Education and the Oakwood Town Board. He was also one of the founding members of the Chapter organization of the '76er Jaycees.
Anyone who knew Gene knew his love for traveling to the Southern states of Kentucky and Tennessee to enjoy the beauty of nature and fishing.
He was a great leader for anyone who had been lucky enough to work with him, either at his former job at Pepsi or on any of the many committees over the years.
But above all, he was a great father who never needed to speak of how to be an outstanding devoted individual, worker, father, friend, and husband - because he showed us daily by his actions just exactly what that was. He was a true pillar of strength and encouragement to everyone, but especially his family and loving wife. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him, but will never be forgotten. WE LOVE YOU and always will!
"Death ends a life ... not a relationship." - Mitch Album
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. (Central) at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home in Oakwood. Pastor Patty Wise will be officiating. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday (Central). Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery following the celebration of life.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, please donate to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.