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“We are confident, I say, and willing rather be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV

Born in Taylorville, IL on September 22, 1927 to Orrin S. and Mary Nelle (Hanauer) Nash. On June 8, 1984 he married Sue Haycraft in Springfield, IL.

He was a graduate of Edinburgh High School and served in the United States Army Air Force during WWII. He was a graduate of Shurtleff College and received his Master’s degree from the University of Illinois, with a Specialist Certificate in Education from SIUE. He taught school in Edinburg and Girard, IL and Wood River-Hartford School District #15 where he became principal of Woodrow Wilson School. He was Superintendent of School District #15 for 15 years before he retired in 1984. He was involved in the Wood River Township Kiwanis Club, Wood River Rotary Club and the Gateway East Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. After he retired, he volunteered his services to help others in various ways.

Gene enjoyed spending his time with family, friends, animals, nature and watching Illini games. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Godfrey, IL.

He is survived by his wife, Sue, his stepdaughters Jennifer Haycraft, Alton, IL, Michele (Matt) Jones, Godfrey, IL, two grandchildren Abraham and Corrine Jones, sister Margaret Lou Boggs, Springfield, IL, sister-in-law Julia Lee Nash, Peoria, IL, several nieces and nephews, and his lifelong friend Norris Dorsey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Wendell Nash and Donald Nash, brother-in-law Alvin Boggs, and sister-in-law Genie Nash.

Cremation by Elias Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home, Godfrey, IL.

A private memorial will be held for immediate family, Pastor Adrian Das officiating.

Memorials may be made to 5 A’s Animal Shelter.

Online condolences and guest book can be found at

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