Eugene W. Rector

Eugene W. Rector
Eugene “Gene” W. Rector of Alamo passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Gene was born August 18, 1922 in Kalamazoo, MI the son of Walter and Vera (Youngs) Rector.  He was a graduate of KalamazooCentralHigh School and had attended MSU. He had been employed as a parts inspector many years by Fuller Mfg. and Eaton Group and he also farmed while working at Eaton. Gene served 30 years in the local government as a Kalamazoo County Commissioner and had served on the AlamoTownship zoning board and as a trustee, was the tax assessor for many years, served 20 years as the Alamo Township Supervisor and helped develop the AlamoTownshipPark. He worked as an aide to two state senators, Bob and Jack Welborn in Lansing. He was also a Trustee and Deacon at Alamo Congregational Church and was a current member of Otsego First Congregational Church. He was a Mason, a Shriner and was a secretary with the Oshtemo Grange and the Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau. Gene was also a leader for the N.W. Alamo 4-H Club where he taught leathercraft. He enjoyed traveling, photographing barns, gardening, leathercrafting, cooking, baking and making greeting cards on his computer. Gene married Eva Garrison on April 20, 1945 in Alamo twp and together they raised four wonderful girls. He is survived by his wife Eva, by his daughters; Phyllis (James) Gary of Battle Creek, Nancy (Roger) Zeluff of Cooper, Patricia (Mark) Chapman and Gail (Michael) VanderWeele both of Alamo. Gene is also survived by 9 grandchildren and by 8 great grandchildren, his sister Arlene Loomis of MD and by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Hilden Rector. Cremation has taken place. On Saturday, September 8, 2007 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego, the family will greet friends from 10:00 to11:00 AM at which time a memorial service will be held with Pastor William Walker and Rev. David Youngs officiating. Memorials can be made to Rose Arbor Hospice or the AlamoTownshipPark.
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