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August 25, 1934 ~ December 12, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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C. Gene Watson, 89, of Macomb, formerly of Scotland Township, passed away at 6:56 Tuesday evening, December 12th, at his home.
He was born August 25,1934, in Macomb, Illinois, the son of Albert B. and Lena (Henderson) Watson. He was a 1952 graduate of Macomb High School and would proudly talk about playing in the first basketball game to ever be played in Washington Street Gym. After high school, he enlisted in the Army from 1956-1958 and then returned home to work on the family farm in rural Macomb. He married his wife of 60 years, Carol (DeHaven) Watson on February 21, 1960.
Surviving to mourn his death are his daughter, Rita (Mike) Dorethy, of Macomb, and two sons Elgin (Kris) Watson of Kildeer, Illinois, and Kyle Watson of Macomb, three grandchildren, Kristopfer Dorethy of Macomb, Kiersten (Mark) Zaehringer of Macomb, and John Watson of Kildeer, Illinois, one great granddaughter, Harper Grace Zaehringer of Macomb and seven nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, his wife, Carol (DeHaven) Watson, one brother Randall Watson, one sister, Marilyn (Watson) Cavett, four brothers-in-law, Charles Cavett, Howard and Harry DeHaven, and Leon Harrell, and two sisters in law, Beverly (DeHaven) Harrell and Lola (Graves) DeHaven.
Gene was a devout Christian and was a member of Camp Creek Presbyterian Church and then Calvary Baptist Church later in his life. He was an extremely hard worker and always took pride in the looks of his crops and his livestock on the farm. He would always enjoy trips to Nebraska and other states to purchase cattle. He selflessly took care of his brother Randall and his wife Carol during the later years of their life.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 18, 2023 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home with Pastor Caleb Sparrow officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before time of services on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery south of Macomb.
The family requests in Lieu of flowers that memorials may be made to Camp Creek Cemetery.
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbitts.com.