Sept. 13, 1931 – July 16, 2013
Donald Eugene “Gene” Bagwell, 81, Kokomo, passed away at 3:03 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Community Howard Regional Health. Donald was born Sept. 13, 1931, the last of nine siblings of the late Parker Scott and Hazel Dell Bagwell.
Gene graduated from Kokomo High School in 1950 and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He married the former Betty Jane Sacks on May 18, 1956. Gene was employed with Indiana Bell Telephone in 1953 as a draftsman, and retired in 1987 as senior project engineer. Betty and Gene also operated Bagwell’s Upholstery until 2007. His main hobby was carpentry and remodeling his home. He enjoyed all sports, especially playing golf and was a big Indiana and Colts fan. He and Betty attended 53 consecutive Indy 500’s. They also loved to travel and RV throughout the Rocky Mountains and other national parks.
Gene is survived by his wife Betty; son, Kenneth Eugene Bagwell, Indianapolis; daughter, Jackie Lou Myers and son-in-law Mike Myers; daughter, Karen Sue Bagwell, Kokomo; and twin grandchildren, Cassie and Jessie Myers, along with many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Dorthy McLaine, Wanda Gifford; brothers, Lester Bagwell, New Jersey, John Bagwell, Kenneth Bagwell, Robert Bagwell, Max Bagwell, and Marvin Bagwell.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St. Services will be at noon Thursday, also at the mortuary, with Pastor Dennis Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. There will be full military honors provided by the U.S. Air Force and the Kokomo Military Rites teams.
You are invited to read Gene’s obituary online at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, and share a personal message with the family.