He was born April 1, 1931 in Newburg, West Virginia. Gene was raised in Pennsylvania before enlisting in the United States Navy, where he proudly served in the Korean Conflict.
He was employed at National Association of College Stores for over 25 years before retiring as a warehouse manager. He was also employed at IGA in Amherst for 20 years as an assistant manager. Gene was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he served as a former usher and elder. He was a member of the Vermilion Amvets. Gene loved to work in his yard and took great pride in keeping it well manicured. He enjoyed his family vacations to Hilton Head, South Carolina and visiting family in Pennsylvania. Gene had a love for stray animals.
Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Yvonne Elaine Squires (nee Keisler); his son and his wife, "Gene" Eugene M. and Barb Squires; his daughter and her husband, Lynne and Bob MacLean, all of Vermilion; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; his sisters, Wanda "Gail" Victor and her husband, Cliff, Helen "Babs" Squires, all of Haydentown, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James Franklin Squires; his sister, Wilma Mace; and by his parents, Homer and Bessie Squires (nee Rankin).
Friends may call Sunday, February 2, 2014, from 2 until 5 P.M., at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 3, 2014, 11 A.M., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 115 Central Drive, Amherst. The Reverend Terrance Adamson, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst. Military Honors will be given by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Judes Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or Friendship Animal Protective League, 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035; Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com