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Gene Roland Hetzman


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Gene Roland Hetzman Obituary
Hetzman, Gene Roland age 92, passed away peacefully at his Green Acres Assisted Living home in the early morning hours of March 07, 2018. Gene was born on the family farm just south of Alma on September 03, 1925, the son of Clarence Ross Hetzman and Amy Elizabeth (Presler) Hetzman. An Alma High School graduate with the class of 1943, Gene enlisted in the Army Air Corp prior to graduation and served proudly until his discharge in 1946. After discharge he married his High School sweetheart, Mary Ellen Hindall, and they enjoyed 69 years of marriage together before her death in 2015. Gene worked in a variety of retail management positions during his life, spanning the gamut of stores such as GC Murphy "dime stores", Western Auto franchises and, finally, selling and servicing oil field equipment. He enjoyed hunting, spending time with his family, and long-winded story-telling. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and had been a member of the Masonic Order for 58 years as well as being a long-time Shriner. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his sister Virginia Bradford, his brother Richard Hetzman, a daughter Candace Jo and a son, Kevin Scott. He is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Crean (Jere) of Richmond, Texas, a son, Michael Gene (Belinda) of Mount Pleasant, and grandchildren Patrick Crean, Andrew Crean , Sean Hetzman and Margaux Hetzman and great-grandchildren Amelia Elizabeth Hetzman and Alex Scott Hetzman, and a brother Robert (Nancy) of Higgins Lake. A private burial in southern Illinois will occur Monday, March 12. A memorial service and luncheon will be held at Clark Family Funeral Chapel on May 19 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MidMichigan Hospice Services.
Published in Morning Sun on Mar. 11, 2018
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