Eugene D. Watson

Eugene D. Watson

Gene passed away Monday, December 14, 2015 at his home at Lake Doster.

He was born March 26, 1925 in Riverdale, MI to Ernest and Ethel (Alward) Acker. Gene was preceded in death by his father as a young boy, his mother remarried and he was then adopted by Ira Watson. Gene proudly served his country in the US Navy. On March 30, 1946 in Hickory Corners he married Dorothy Reardon. Together they owned and operated the Dairy Bar in Edmore, MI until1955. They went on to purchase and operate Dot & Gene’s Trailer Court, which they continued to grow until his retirement in 1971. Following his retirement he sold the business to his sons. Gene had also developed two plats, one as Watson Estates on Riverview Drive in Plainwell and the other as Star Estates on 102nd Avenue also in Plainwell, where his sons built the homes. Gene and Dot were members of the Arizona Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association and enjoyed attending motor home rallies. In his spare time he liked to go dancing with Dot and golf. Gene was also a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego, VFW Post #3030 and the Elks Lodge #1711. Gene was a loving husband; his largest accomplishment was raising a family he has always been proud of.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years; children, Douglas (Sharon) Watson, Kenneth (Gail) Watson and Dennis (Liz) Watson; 6 grandchildren, Jason (Gina) Watson, Lori (Wayne) Layman, Rick Watson, Scott (Meagan) Watson, Jessy (Chad) Doxtator and Jenny (Jeff) Doychich; 11 great-grandchildren and his sister, Annie Pryor.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Robert, Arlene and Jim.

Friends may visit with Gene’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral service Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Congregational Church of Otsego with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell with Military Honors by VFW Post #3030.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Gene may be made to the First Congregational Church of Otsego, Reverence Home Health & Hospice of Kalamazoo, Otsego Elks or the Otsego VFW.

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  1. Bob & Joyce Bloom says:

    To all of Gene’s family, please accept our sincere sympathy.

  2. Lenny Mueller says:

    Aunt Dorothy,Doug &Sharon, Ken & Gail, Denny& Liz,
    Please accept my condolences on Uncle Gene passing. I have such fond memories of him and I will keep them. He was the best and will be sadly missed. He was always so happy. That always amazed me.
    I know he is in heaven playing cards with grandpa and my dad and uncle Bob at one of the tables, and mom and grandma is yelling at them to come and eat something.
    Love and miss you all,

  3. Diane Tuthill says:

    Uncle Gene and Aunt Dorothy were always my favorites!!! Uncle Gene always had a spare kiss for all the girls, what a character! My thoughts and prayers go to Aunt Dorothy, Doug, Ken, Denny and famlies.

  4. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    This world has lost a wonderful guy! Gene always had a smile on his face and a kiss for the ladies! Please know he is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you! Rest in Peace, dear friend!

  5. Lynn & Duane Bronkema says:

    To Dot, Gail, Ken and family.

    So sorry for your lost of Gene. He was a such a kind, gentle , and a very witty, fun man. He will certainly be missed. I wish you all peace and comfort through this very difficult time. Knowing Gene he’ll have a joke as he enters the Pearly Gates of Heaven. May he Rest in Peace. Prayers to all of you. Love Lynn & Duane

  6. Diane Reardon Tuthill says:

    Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Gene were always my favorites. Uncle Gene always had a kiss for the girls, such a character! My thoughts and prayers to Aunt Dorothy, Doug, Ken, Dennis and families.

  7. Norman and Nancy Starr says:

    Our love and prayers for the entire family. He will be missed by many. His friendly smile and kisses for the ladies. May he continue to dance in heaven and watch over all of you. God Bless.

  8. Bob & Joyce Bloom says:

    Our deepest sympathies to all of the Watson family.

  9. Joyce Sheldon says:

    Sorry to hear of Genes passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

  10. Bonnie Reardon Fowler says:

    Aunt Dorothy…you and Uncle Gene have always held a special place in my heart. I have enjoyed hearing stories of when you, Uncle Gene, Mom and Dad were young couples just starting out. Mom and Dad loved you both and growing up I could see that. I am so sorry for your and your families loss. I believe that Mom and Dad greeted him with a big hello hug!

  11. Craig and Kathy Nelson says:

    Such a loss to the world. Gene was the best and will be missed by so many. A pure a gentleman as you will ever find and a real joy to be around. Earths loss is Heavens gain. Hit ’em straight Gene!

  12. Sally Thaxton Betzner says:

    Dear Watson family, sorry for you loss, prayer sent.

  13. The Family of Harry & Jane Durr says:

    Thinking about Dot and the entire Watson family during this time of sorrow! Dot and Gene were great friends of my Grandparents, Harry and Jane Durr. I find comfort that Gene and eventually Dot, will be laid to rest next to my Grandparents in Hillside. I appreciate Dot and Genes friendship with my grandparents, they always shared many good memories of them, they really loved Dot and Gene! Rest in Peace Mr. Watson.

  14. John Pullen says:

    Gene was a wonderful man and I enjoyed the times he and I talked.
    One special memory I have was when I was home on leave from the Navy during Vietnam. I was having lunch when Dot and Gene came into the restaurant. Gene and I talked about the war and then they went to sit down for lunch. When I went to pay my bill the lady said Oh Dot and Gene paid for it.

    An honor to have know him!

    John Pullen

  15. Dick & Judy Joslin says:

    Dorothy, Ken Gail & Watson Family,

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to each of you. We will always remember Gene’s wit and smiles. May you find peace in your memories.

    God Bless his soul. RIP Gene!

  16. Paul & Marsha Meade says:

    Gene was a very rare man, and he will be greatly missed. Always full of joy and a delight to be with. Even as his health was declining he never, ever let his suffering show. He was the model of strength and kindness, always welcoming a conversation about any topic, and quick to bring laughter and light to anyone who had the pleasure of his company. Our hearts are with Dorothy and the whole family during this time of loss. He will always be remembered as a man we respected and admired a great deal.

  17. Barbara and Mick Davis says:

    Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Gene..I will miss Uncle Gene’s smile and always friendly manner..He sure was a good guy..He was a blessing on this earth for many of us..He is now up with mom and dad and his many family and friends who have passed..He is smiling and looking down..He was a part of one of the greatest generation..Brave and strong..He will be sorely missed..Love you both….

    Barb and Mick

  18. Don & Sherry Hurlbut says:

    Doug & Sharon and the entire Watson family: Don and I just learned of your Dad’s passing. We’re so sorry for your loss and hope your many memories comfort you through this difficult time.

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