Gene W. Bovee quietly passed away Thursday evening, September 16, in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Murphysboro, Ill. Gene was born September 17, 1925 in Nevada, Iowa.
Gene married Maurine L. Olsen on February 9, 1946 in Dundee, Ill.
He is survived by his wife, Maurine L. Bovee of Carbondale; daughter, Claudia Broom (Bill) of Carbondale; son, Terry Bovee of Carbondale; daughter, Dawn Kittoe (Ken) of Waukesha, WI; son, Jeff Bovee (Terese) of Augusta, KS; daughter, Lynn Holmes (Ken) of Iowa City, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Bovee of Carbondale. Â He is also survived by 16 grandchildren: Â Jessica Jones, Matt Broom, and Sarah Pienkos; Travis and Whitney Bovee; Kurin and Keith Kittoe; Nick, Josh, Ryan and Kyle Bovee; Emma, Natalie and Adam Holmes; Sarah and Ben Oâ€™Brien and 5 great grandchildren: Â Dorian Miller; Mallory and Zachary Broom; Connor and Gracie Jones.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Gene retired as a salesman for Reichhold Chemicals in 1987. Â He Â served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the South Pacific. He was active in the Marine Corps League of Carbondale and helped bring Toys for Tots to Southern Illinois. In 2001, he was chosen Marine of the Year of Illinois. A dedicated volunteer, he also served 1672 volunteer hours at the Marion VA Medical Center.
Gene loved God, his family, people and the Marines. Â He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend who touched deeply those he knew and loved.
A memorial service is planned for Â Saturday, November 27 at 10:00 AM at First United Methodist Church, Carbondale. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to First United Methodist Church, Carbondale. Huffman-Harker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Â To sign the memorial guest book, visit: www.thesouthern.com/obituaries.