UPPER SANDUSKY — C. Eugene “Gene” Cheney, 86, of Upper Sandusky, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.
He was born February 28, 1932 in Richwood to the late Sturgis and Gladys (Flesher) Cheney. He was also preceded in death by a son, Steven Cheney; two brothers, John and Robert Cheney; and two sisters, Carolyn Cheney and Sara Shields.
On September 2, 1956, he married the former Isabell (McElroy) in Richwood, and she survives in Upper Sandusky.
Gene served in the Army from 1953 to 1955. He owned and operated Cheney Chevrolet in Carey for many years. Later he served as Wyandot County Treasurer for 15 years. He and Isabell were members of the John Stewart United Methodist Church in Upper Sandusky. They had also been members of the Grace UMC in Carey and the Richwood First UMC. Gene had served on the Board of Directors of the Commercial Savings Bank and the Wyandot County Council on Aging.
He loved golfing, owned horses and enjoyed watching harness racing, and was an avid OSU Buckeye fan.
But the true joy for Gene was his family. He did not miss many of his kids and grandkids activities.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Daren (Lisa) Cheney, Findlay; daughter, Karen (Rodney) Taylor, Holland; five grandchildren, Aaron (Katie), Matt and Andrew Cheney; Kellen and Kurtis Taylor; a sister, Phyllis Oman, Richwood; and a sister-in-law, Melva Cheney of Richwood.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 16, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Richwood, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Rev. Brian Arnold will officiate. Friends may call Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the John Stewart United Methodist Church in Upper Sandusky from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date in the Claibourne Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to John Stewart United Methodist Church, 130 W. Johnson St., Upper Sandusky, OH 43351; and Richwood First United Methodist Church, 18 S. Fulton St., Richwood, OH 43344.
The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood is assisting the family. Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.