Herbert "Gene" Whaley

  Herbert Eugene “Gene” Whaley, 80, of Darwin, OH passed away surrounded by his family on May 31, 2022. He was born March 26, 1942, to the late D. Herbert Whaley and Evelyn E. Hendricks Whaley.

  Gene loved all things cars and had a true talent for autobody repair and restoration. He spent the majority of his days and nights in his garages rejuvenating classic cars or preparing for a race, derby, or car show. He was proud to share his admiration and knowledge of cars with his family; especially his boys.

  Although passionate about his trade, his large family and abundance of friends meant the world to him. Gene and his wife, Sheila, enjoyed listening to their favorite band Phil Dirt and the Dozers and attended shows often. He never missed an opportunity to travel or spend time with those he cherished.Friends and family knew they could always count on Gene for a laugh. He regularly shared jokes and stories. He will be greatly missed by many.

  Gene is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sheila Coulson Whaley, and their six children: Carla (John) Swartz, Brian (Gloria) Whaley, Sandra Southern, Pam (Rick) Patterson, Brent (Heather) Whaley, and Marissa Whaley. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren; Tiffany, Ashley, Cassie, Holly, Caitlin, Alex, Brenton, Kelsey, Chelsea, Connor, Keely, Kenzie, Shelby, Ahna, and Marisa, 18 great-grandchildren, a brother Bob (Shelia) Whaley, sisters; Brenda Cogar and Terry (Chris) Neece, sister-in-law Colleen Whaley, several nieces and nephews, and his special friends; Dave Smith, Sherman White, Eddie Woodyard, Dan Tobin, and Archie Stegall.
   Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Whaley and a sister, Jo Ann Scarbrough.
  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00am at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy.  Visitation will be held on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 6-8:00pm at the funeral home.

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