Gene K. Hallock
82, of Indianapolis, passed away August 23, 2014. He was born in Terre Haute, IN to the late Kenneth and Nell Jeffers Hallock. Gene was married to Clara Anderson Hallock on January 26, 1954, and they lived in Indianapolis most of their life. Mr. Hallock, a civil engineering graduate of Purdue University, was a member of the U.S. Air Force and served on active duty as an officer from 1953 to 1955. In 1955, he began a 30 year career with the Indiana State Highway Department. He served as Chief Engineer after his appointment at age 42 by Governor Owen in 1973. In 1981, after the Indiana Toll Road Commission and Indiana Toll Bridge Commission were consolidated into the Highway Department, he was appointed as the first Director by Governor Robert Orr. He retired from the State Highway Department in 1985.
Gene was named a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus by Purdue University in 1979 due in part to his leadership in making Indiana one of the first states to complete its portion of the original Interstate Highway System. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Orr in 1985, and was a member of the Indiana Natural Resources Commission from 1973 to 1985. Upon retirement from the State in 1985, he was employed for nine years by the Indianapolis office of HNTB Inc., a national engineering firm. He served as Director of Marketing and Senior Project Manager. Gene was a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and was named by the Indiana Chapter as Outstanding Civil Engineer in Indiana in 1985. After retirement from HNTB, Mr. Hallock served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross Disaster Services, working in the aftermath of floods, tornadoes and hurricanes throughout the country and in New York City immediately after September 11, 2001. He was a member of North Central Church of Christ.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel , 9900 Allisonville Rd. with funeral services Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
Gene is survived by his wife, Clara A. Hallock; daughter, Karen (Paul) Stebbe; sons, Stephen L. (Teresa), Timothy W. (Robin) and Barry J. (Susan) Hallock; sisters, Barbara (Godfrey) Collins and Carol (Jim) Risk; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross. http://www.shirleybrothers.com.