Gene Irvin Anthony, 81, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at his home, 21775 Erie St., Venango, with his loving family by his side. He had a two-year battle with cancer.
Born July 24, 1931, in Geneva, Gene, was a son of the late Joseph Sibley Anthony and Myrtle Peterson Anthony. He was raised by his uncle and aunt, John and Pearl Randall.
After graduating from Saegertown High School, Gene entered the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army with Company B, 26th Signal Corps, from 1949 to 1952. He married his loving wife, the former Elsie Smith, on Feb. 26, 1953, and she survives. Over the years Gene has worked for GATX, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, PENNCREST School District and finally with Conrail, retiring in 1994.
He was a member of Christ Evangelical Free Church of Saegertown, a life member of Venango Volunteer Fire Department and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 169 of Venango.
Gene looked forward to living in his country home in Avon Park, Fla., during the winter months. He found great pleasure listening to the country jam music of Ken and Shirley Blauser, and he loved watching the birds, flowers and his garden.
Surviving Gene, in addition to his loving wife of 59 years, Elsie, are three sons, Gene David Anthony and his wife, Diane, of Venango, Mark Anthony and his wife, Michelle, of Venango, and Gary Anthony and his wife, Valarie, of Cayuga, N.Y.; a daughter, Marleah Bradshaw and her husband, Loren, of Venango; eight grandchildren, Heather Ruhl and her husband, Mark, Theresa Tatters and her husband, Charles, Pam Anthony and her partner, Ashley Lambert, Sarah Drumheller and her husband, Skyler, Mary Anthony, Cris Walczyk and his wife, Tracy, Jeannine Walczyk and her companion, Jason Evener, and Jennette Walczyk; and eight great-grandchildren, Jarrott, Hailley, Joscelyn, Jaron, Tessa, Alissa, Jamesian and JaNetta. He is also survived by a special friend, Marilyn Boughton. Additional survivors include two brothers, Wayne See and his wife, Diane, and Bruce Dygert and his wife, Margie; two sisters, Verda Lasher and her husband, Paul, and Doris Schmitt; and many nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by two sisters, Frances and Dorothy; and four brothers, Joe, Clair and Marlin Anthony, and Daryl Hawk.
Friends may call at Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and are invited to attend funeral services there on Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The Rev. Jeff Wilson, pastor of Christ Evangelical Free Church, will officiate.
Interment will be in Venango Cemetery and will be private.
Memorial gifts may be given to Christ Evangelical Free Church, 19682 Hill Road, Saegertown, Pa. 16433; Venango Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 157, Venango, Pa. 16440; or Venango Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 169, 20628 Gospel Hill Road, Venango, Pa. 16440. To send condolences, please visit vanmatrefuneralhome.com.