Born On: October 18, 1940

Passed On: January 27, 2020

Willard Eugene Szendre “Gene”

SZENDRE, WILLARD EUGENE: Known as Gene to his friends and family was born in Muskegon, MI on October 18, 1940.  He resided in Muskegon most of his life but spent many years in California with his sister.   He passed away on January 27, 2020 at age 79 while at Roosevelt Park Nursing Center with loved ones surrounding him over his last few days.  He was PRECEDED in death by his PARENTS: William and Evelyn Marie (Bigelow) Szendre, SONS: Joseph E. and William W. Szendre, SIBLINGS: Shirley Swan, Janet Dexter, Karen Rasmussen, Ardean Fitzgerald, Thomas Szendre and Richard Bigelow. A very special Aunt and Uncle: Bonita “Bonnie” and Robert “Bob” Bigelow.  He is SURVIVED by DAUGHTERS: Kendra (Rich) Anderson, Adrianne (Sheridan) Stein and SON: Jason (Stacey) Szendre. DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW: Cherie and Roxanne Szendre and his SISTER: Mary-Ellen Ogren.

He held many different jobs but mainly worked as an Electrician, like his father before him.  He was Christian and attended Resurrection Life Church in Grandville with his son Joe and his family.  In his younger years he enjoyed listening to Country music, fishing, hunting, and being around water.  In later years, he enjoyed thrift store shopping and spending time with his children and grandchildren, always giving the younger ones trinkets from his shopping trips.

His is also SURVIVED by his GRANDCHILDREN: Kailynn, Ki, Tyler, Cole, Logan, David Kayla, Jennifer, Trina, Brendan, Andrew, Brittany, Ashley, and Caitie. GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Jeremiah, Haylee, Kharlee, Jubilee, Amity, Berkeley, Charlie, Jack, Alaina, Sophia, Alex, Claire, Cameron and Colin with a GREAT-GREAT-GRANDCHILD on the way.  As well as, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was many things to many people.  He will be missed. Cremation has taken place.  Interment and a private family service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery later this spring



9 thoughts on “Willard Eugene Szendre “Gene”

  1. Toni Rose

    Sincere sympathy to all the Szendre Family.
    Please contact me thru the email address I provided with this posting.

  2. Brenda Baxter

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family especially to my personal friend Kendra during her time of loss and grief.


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