As a boy, he played baseball, football and ran track and worked the family farm like a grown man.
As a man, he was proud to be washed in the blood, saved by that amazing grace. He was honest and possessed a work ethic like no other.
As a master carpenter, he designed spiral staircases in his mind before cutting the first piece of wood. His work was impeccable.
As an intellect, his mind was amazing, never forgetting, always creating and seeing and working.
As a teacher, he shared the word in Sunday school classes and even late nights at the old Red Ace gas station. His witness knew no boundaries.
As a lover of music, he found comfort and joy in the lyrics of Bob Dylan and the artistry of Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles.
As a father, Daddy, to Angela (Brent) StClair of Evansville, Ind., Eli (April) Drennan of Nashville, Tenn., and Leah (Erik) of Louisville, he trained them in the way they should go so that they will not depart from it. He taught them to serve God in everything they do and to think before they speak, to be observant, humble and kind.
For many years, he was a devoted husband to Julie Deal Drennan of Piqua, Ohio, mother to Eli and Leah.
He was a grandfather to Molly Jane StClair and her shooting star. He was a step-grandfather to Katie StClair and Ritter and Grant StClair, both of Evansville, Ind.
He was a son to Peggy Wiltheis Drennan of Cadiz and Darrell Drennan (deceased) and brother to Pam Coppock of Piqua, Ohio, and Greg Drennan of Cadiz.
Gene died in his home on May 24, 2014, the home he saw in his dreams and built with his own hands. Now, he dwells in the mansion prepared for him, free of pain and sadness.
A memorial service was held at King’s Funeral Home in Cadiz on Thursday, May 29, 2014, beginning at noon with Bro. Bob McIntosh officiating. Friends visited at 11 a.m. prior to the service. Music was provided by Stacy Futrell and Russ Stallons.