Ralph Eugene 'Gene' Washburn


Ralph Eugene "Gene" Washburn, 83, of Martinsville, Ill., passed away at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at the home of his daughter in Indianapolis. He was born April 27, 1934, in Casey, Ill., the son of Russell Washburn and Bonnie Grissom Washburn. On April 13, 1955, he married Coral M. Reed at her parent's home in rural Martinsville.
Survivors include his wife, Coral Washburn of Martinsville; daughter, Angi Herrington of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Carmel Staley Krynock of Indianapolis; Tommy Lee Staley (Melissa) of Carmel, Ind.; Derek Gross (Susan) of South Bend, Ind., and Trevor Gross (Paige) of Marshall, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Eddie, Katie and Benji Krynock, Soren and Arlo Staley, Lily Penni and Adalynn Gross; sister, June Brewer of Florida; and several uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Vinton and Inez Reed; daughter, Penni Lori Gross, on Nov. 20, 2007; and grandson-in-law, Edward Krynock, on Dec. 10, 2017.
Gene was a 1953 graduate of Martinsville High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Gene was a rural mail carrier and farmed alongside his father-in-law his entire life. He was a faithful member of Martinsville Bible Church. He was an active member and past commander of Martinsville American Legion. Gene loved living in the small community of Martinsville. Gene's greatest joy was knowing the Lord as his Saviour and spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be conducted 12 noon CST Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Martinsville Bible Church, 509 E. Ridgelawn Road, Martinsville, with Pastor David Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Martinsville, with graveside military rites by Martinsville American Legion, Casey VFW and Hazel Dell American Legion. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 12 noon prior to the service at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Martinsville Bible Church, 509 E. Ridgelawn Rd., Martinsville, IL 62442 or American Parkinson's Disease Association, Midwest Chapter, 1800 North Main Street, Suite 215, Wheaton, IL 60187. Greenwell Funeral Home, Martinsville, is in charge of the arrangements. To view the full obituary, send a condolence message, or post photos, visit:
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