Gene R. Sievert, 88, formerly of Wadsworth, died April 30, 2013.
He was born June 1, 1924, in Eaton, Ohio, to the late William and Ethel (Pierce) Sievert.
A longtime area resident, Gene was a true man of God. He taught Sunday School and enjoyed spending time with his family.
Gene proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, where he flew 64 missions. He was awarded the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the EAME Theatre Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Medal.
He earned a bachelor of theology degree from the St. Paul Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minn., and served as a pastor in Renville, Minn., and New London, Ohio.
He earned a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University in education administration. During his career in education, Gene was a teacher for the North Ridgeville School District, teacher and administrator for the Wellington Exempted Village School District, and assistant superintendent and principal for Brunswick City Schools.
Gene enjoyed golfing and woodworking. One of his special projects while residing in Wellington was rebuilding the foundation of a house built in 1864.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Stoddard-Ernshaw); children Sandra Funk of San Diego, Lonni (Mearl) Sawin of Traverse City, Mich., Debbie Liddy of Wadsworth, Galen (Charlotte) Sievert of Akron, and Brian Sievert of San Diego; step-children Molly (Mark) Eastwood of Granger Township, Craig (Linda) Ernshaw of Bend, Ore., and Scott (Betsy) Ernshaw of Sharon Center; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gene was preceded in death by his first wife, Faye Elizabeth (Myers); and brothers Howard, Earle, Paul, and Glenn.
The family received friends on Wednesday, May 8 at Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, Wadsworth.
Private family interment will occur Thursday, May 9 at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Acute Palliative Care Unit, Akron City Hospital, 525 East Market St., Akron, OH 44304; the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org; or the Holy Spirit Anglican Church Lunch Ministry, 587 Baird St., Akron, OH 44311.
Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home Inc.
174 North Lyman Street Wadsworth, OH 44281
Published in The Wellington Enterprise on May 9, 2013