Robert Eugene “Gene” Gaugh 77 of Mode, IL, passed away at 5:50 PM Thursday Aug. 25, 2011 at his home.

Gene was born Mar. 9, 1934 in Fayette County, IL the son of Dallas Earl and Lillian Dolores Drake Jeffers.

He married Nancy Brownlee on Nov. 23, 1957 in the Moulton Methodist Church by Rev. E.B. Blankenship.

Gene was a heavy equipment operator. He was a life time member of Independent Union of Operating Engineers # 965 of Springfield, IL, Boilermaker Local #94 of Sacramento, CA and the Teamsters Local #279 of Decatur, IL.He was a member of the First Christian Church of Cowden, IL.

Gene was an avid reader, especially of western novels and National Geographic Magazine.He loved his family dearly and enjoyed working on his farm and raising cattle.

Surviving are his wife Nancy; daughter Mary Bunch of Shelbyville; sons Joe Gaugh and wife Margie of Cowden, James Gaugh and life partner Roland Weller of Columbus, OH and John Gaugh and wife Ronella of Strasburg; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister-in-law Vera Lu Jeffers of Shelbyville; aunts and uncle Vivian Drake of Columbia, SC and Pearl Shaffer and husband Dwane of Shelbyville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James in infancy, great granddaughter Madeline, step-grandson Cody Moon, step-brother Robert Jeffers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 Wednesday August 31, 2011 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Rev. Darrell Hinkle will officiate.Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM Tuesday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.Memorials can be made to the First Christian Church of Cowden or the American Diabetes Association.On line condolences may be sent to the family at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com

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