Gene A. Smith passed away with his wife by his side on December 26, 2020.
Those who know Gene know that his biggest joy in life was spending time with his family and making them laugh. He also made many memories building and repairing wood furniture, hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Those who were closest to him knew him as the Wonderful Guy. He also called himself “Gene the Mean Machine.” He would then follow that by saying, “they don’t call me mean because I’m nice”. This saying could not have been more far from the truth as those who knew Gene quickly found out. His infectious smile and witty personality could light up any room he was in.
Gene spent his life living inside or right outside of Gablesville in Boyertown. He was born on October 13th, 1933 and spent his childhood on the farm. His time of the farm gave him a fantastic work ethic, made him the toughest man many knew, and a determined Pennsylvania Dutch attitude to ensure that anything he wanted to accomplish he would. He told his children and grandchildren stories of graduating from Pop Moyer’s “corn cob academy” and his experience being friends with Chief Popodickon. His stories, love, compassion, and determination will continue to live on in all those who had the opportunity to meet him.
Gene was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyertown. He also was an avid baseball player, a pitcher to be exact. He played for the Gablesville’s Owls. Gene was a supervisor at the Boyertown Casket Company, where he met the love of his life Darlene. After the Casket Company closed, Gene worked for Aldephi Kitchens and McFadden finishing.
Gene is survived by his wife, Darlene, three daughters Michelle wife of Michael Minner, Sherry wife of Richard Israel and Monica wife of Dino DeLeo, eight grandchildren Ashley Minner, Danielle wife of Kenny Hettler, Craig, Marc, and Todd Israel, and Shaun, Jared DeLeo and Shayla Trujillo and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers William and Jackie.
Gene will be reunited in heaven with his son, Gary, his brother Fredrick, and his parents. Services will be for immediate Family at this time. We will have celebration of Gene’s Life at a later date and let everyone know.

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