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Emory "Gene" Watson

July 8, 1932 — October 18, 2021

Emory Eugene “Gene” Watson, 89, of Danville, passed from this life surrounded by his family at 10:50 p.m., Monday, October 18. He was born July 8, 1932 in Plainfield to the late William Gobel and Dollie Edith (Hashman) Watson, one of nine children.  Gene served his country proudly as an anti-aircraft gunner in the United States Army during the Korean War 1952-1954. Gene returned home and met the love of his life, Doris Ann Drennan. The two married January 21, 1956. They raised their family together over the next 49 years, having three sons and two daughters. Doris preceded him in death, August 10, 2003.  Gene was employed at Detroit Diesel Allison, which would become Allison Transmission during his 42 year career.  He retired July 31, 1992 to spend more time with his family: hunting, gardening, fishing, being outdoors, telling jokes, and watching several sporting, dance and theater performances. His support of his children and loved ones was never ending…as was his search for the largest morel mushrooms.  Gene married Pauline B. Simpson in 2008. She survives. He was honored to have been able to visit Washington, D.C. on an Indy Honor Flight in 2019. His most recent hobby was fitness. Gene spent hours walking the track at the Plainfield Aquatic Center. He was known to challenge his grandchildren to push-up competitions…and win. He logged miles up until his final days with his family at his side, supporting his final goal.  Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris; his sisters, Genevieve, Lena, and Norma; brothers Richard, Ralph, Luther, Jim and Jack. He is survived by his children, Rick (Shirley) Watson, Jack (Karen) Watson, Vikki (Lowell “Odie”) Dellinger, Randy (Michelle) Watson, and Michelle (Allen) Barker; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his wife, Pauline Watson; three step-sons, Gary (Natalie), Larry (Cindy) and Terry (Susan); several step-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be Monday, October 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM in Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home where friends may visit from 10:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm.  Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery with military honors.  

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