Gene M. Orchard, age 88, of Geneva, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Geneva Shores Nursing Home. He was born January 26, 1932 in Braceville, OH, to David and Gladys (Champlin) Orchard. He married Jeannette Orchard on August 18, 1972, in Unionville, Ohio
Gene taught Physical Education at Madison Schools and was a combat veteran of the Korean War. He was a very spiritual person and had been a member of Bible Baptist Church in Madison. He owned the Madison Driving School and taught so many young people how to drive—and to do jumping jacks, since he also taught physical education. Gene enjoyed traveling the U.S. with his wife and motor home. He loved time spent with children and grandchildren. His hobbies included being active with the YMCA and his golf league.
He is survived by daughters, Gail Grow, Pat (Tom) Hopkins; sons, Mark Orchard, Michael (Megan) Herrick, Donald (Lisa) Colagross, Larry Colagross, Jr.;14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Florence, and Darlene.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannette; his parents; sisters, Vivian and Eloise; brother, Richard in infancy.
Gene will have a private Celebration, honoring his life, Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at The Behm Family Funeral Home in Madison Ohio. Final Resting Place will be White Haven Memorial Park, 615 Som Center Rd., Mayfield, Ohio, 44143.
Online obituary and condolences may be viewed at www.behmfuneral.com