Reed E. "Gene" Morlan

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Reed "Gene" E. Morlan, 75, of Hoopeston, passed away at 3:25 p.m. Aug. 24, 2013 at his home.
Gene was born on Aug. 10, 1938, in Hoopeston, the son of Robert Edward and Peggy Pearline (Crumpton) Morlan. He married Donna Perkins on Jan. 27, 1958, in Danville. She survives.
He is also survived by two daughters: Kim (George) Haas, of Bismarck, and Patty (Jim) Sanders, of Hoopeston; one son: Brian E. Morlan, of Hoopeston; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother: Randy Morlan, of West Lebanon, Ind.; three sisters: Kay (Robert) Bond, of Richmond, Miss., Sharon (Jack ) Tanner, of Marshfield, Ind., and Anna Eads, of Hoopeston; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-Lawrence "Todd" Morlan.
Gene attended schools in Hoopeston. He served in the United States Air Force. Gene worked as a truck driver for several years, until he retired in 1995. After he retired, Gene drove cars for Read in Hoopeston.
He was a member of the Northfork Conservation Club and Moose Lodge #1227 for several years. Gene was an avid fisherman and he enjoyed mushroom hunting and hunting, especially rabbit hunting. He also enjoyed recycling, gardening and spending time with family at family get to gathers.
A Celebration of Gene's Life will be at 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 1, 2013 at the Wolfe-Blurton Funeral Home in Hoopeston. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Following the services he will be cremated and laid to rest at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013 in Floral Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family. The family has entrusted the Wolfe-Blurton Funeral Home in Hoopeston to assist them and to honor Gene's life.
Condolences may be sent to the family at:
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Wolfe-Blurton Funeral Home - Hoopeston
Hoopeston, IL 60942
(217) 283-5088
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Published in Hoopeston Chronicle from Aug. 28 to Sept. 27, 2013
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