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Gene Uhls


September 27, 1952
August 28, 2018

Visitation 8:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. Monday, September 3, 2018 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia
Funeral 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 3, 2018 - St. Mary's Catholic Church, Centralia

N. Gene Uhls, 65, of Sandoval, passed away Tuesday, August 28 2018 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. He was born on September 27, 1952 the son of Harold Gene and Constance (Cook) Uhls in Shreveport, LA. He married Diane Grasher on October 2, 1971 at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle, IL.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 46 years, Diane Uhls of Sandoval, IL; cherished children, Greg Uhls and his husband Bill of Mt. Vernon, IL, and Corie Hölters and her husband Rainer of Crawley, England; precious grandchildren, Michael Hölters, Ella Marie Hölters, and Agnes Diane Hölters all of Crawley, England, Kile Bullington, and Kaelynn Thompson both of Mt. Vernon, IL; other survivors include siblings, Rue Fleming of Lake St. Louis, MO, and Orlie Uhls of Batesburg, SC.

Gene was preceded in death by both his parents; his father-in-law, Casey Grasher and mother-in-law, Edna Grasher.

Gene dedicated 27 years of invaluable service at UPS where he delivered packages to many appreciative customers. After retirement, he continued to work part time for Monken Chevrolet Buick GMC and Monken Nissan Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Centralia. He also worked for his dear friend Jan Monken at the Monken Farm. Gene was a man of faith who was very active in his church, serving as an Eucharistic minister, alter server, and assisting Father Dale Maxfield in any way he could. He was an avid fisherman, and had a lifelong passion for gardening, proudly sharing his beautiful flowers. Gene took great pleasure in the companionship of his pets, Loki, Sophia, and his beloved Phoebe. Through his travels he would befriend pets and total strangers. Gene cherished his extensive, worldly travels to visit with his grandchildren, with Portugal as his favorite location. He was a generous soul, always giving to any one in need, with organ donation being his last earthly mission.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 3, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centralia with Father Dale Maxfield officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation from 8:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia on Monday, September 3, 2018. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gene’s honor to St. Mary’s School Assist Program. Online condolences and memories of Gene may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.