Eugene E. “Gene” Newnam, 86, of Geneseo, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at the Rush-Copley Medical Center, in Aurora. A funeral service celebrating his life was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at First Lutheran Church, in Geneseo. The Rev. Lynn Bergren officiated. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was one hour (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Newnam Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Eugene E. “Gene” Newnam, 86, of Geneseo, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at the Rush-Copley Medical Center, in Aurora. A funeral service celebrating his life was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at First Lutheran Church, in Geneseo. The Rev. Lynn Bergren officiated. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was one hour (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Newnam Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gene was born Feb. 4, 1930, in Wolsey, S.D., the son of William and Anne (Dragseth) Newnam. He graduated from high school and went on to Northern State University, in Aberdeen, S.D. He was united in marriage to Marilyn J. Jacobson on May 18, 1952, in Rockville, Minn. She preceded him in death on March 26, 2013. Gene proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot. He was a longtime employee at the Rock Island Arsenal as the head of the department of applied mathematics and statistics, from which he retired.

Gene was a member of First Lutheran Church, in Geneseo. He enjoyed his Cubbies, golfing, and being outside and feeding the birds. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially at Christmas and going to drum corps shows.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandi (Lou) Ferdon, of Plainfield; daughters-in-law, Mary Newnam, of Rockton; and Lisa Newnam, of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Amy (Jason) Rosillo, Sarah (Bob) Dyxin, Matthew Ferdon, Kyra Newnam and Kyle (Erin) Newnam; great-grandchildren, Parker, Emma, Logan, Lillyann, and Callahan; and sisters, Linda (Fred) Mangelsdorf, of Newburgh, N.Y.; and Betty Anne (Eugene) Dobberpuhl, of Aberdeen, S.D. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Tracy Newman and David Newnam; and his grandson, Joshua Newnam.