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Eugene J. Watts

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WATTS Eugene J. Watts, Ph.D., age 66, of Columbus, passed away on Veteran's Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Gene was born October 17, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Eugene H. and Norma M. (Shaughnessy) Watts. He was a retired Professor Emeritus of history from The Ohio State University. Gene was the Republican State Senator for the 16th District for sixteen years. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Tait-Watts; daughters and son-in-law, Julia Watts and Christopher Coleman, Palm Coast, FL and Mackenzie Mulrane Watts, Columbus, OH; step-son, John Tait, San Clemente, CA; step-daughter, Caroline Tait, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; sister, Kathleen Myers, Wickenburg, AZ; niece and nephew, Andrea and Michael Myers; other relatives and many friends. Gene was a Vietnam Veteran U.S. Army attaining the rank of Captain and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a graduate of Knox College, Galesburg, IL and received a Master's degree and his Doctorate from Emory University. He was an associate professor at Indiana State University before moving to and retiring from The Ohio State University. Gene was a member of Whitehall VFW Post #9473 and was a lifelong advocate for veterans and police and a proponent for higher education. He was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2003. He was an avid sportsman, hunter and fisherman. Gene was a member of Pataskala Lodge #404 F&AM. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Friday at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, where Life Celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 15, 2008. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12Noon Saturday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1899 McCoy Road at Reed with Fr. Michael Watson, Celebrant. Private interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ohio Veterans Home, 2003 Veterans Blvd., Georgetown, OH 45121 or to The Ohio State University Medical Center, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, 209 Meiling Hall, 370 W. 9th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, in his memory. Sign the online guestbook at www.dispatch.com/obituaries
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