Gene Raymond Bronnenberg, 89, passed away Dec. 8, 2017, after a short illness.
Gene was born in 1928 in Chesterfield and attended Anderson High School. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He married Eva Mills, his wife of 63 years until her death in 2014. They moved to Daleville in 1956 and lived the remainder of their lives there.
Gene owned a barber shop in Daleville from 1954-1970. His shop was a gathering place for the community, and he was affectionately known as "Doc." Gene had a strong sense of community and supported Little League, served on the Daleville School Board and made home and hospital visits to cut the hair of his customers. He was also a United Auto Worker with General Motors, retiring in 1990.
"Papaw Gene," as he was known to many, was a caring son, a devoted husband, and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be remembered for his kindness and his never-ending cheerfulness.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Eva, and his brother, Phillip, who died in 2003.
He is survived by his daughter, Glenda (Jim) Bronnenberg Probst, of Hamlin, West Virginia, and son, Brad (Amy) Bronnenberg, of Daleville; six grandchildren, Crystal Myers, of Tennessee, Rachel Kinder and Emma Austin, of West Virginia, Justin Bronnenberg, of Ohio, Joshua Bronnenberg, of Tennessee, and Randi Alexander, of Ohio; and 11 great-grandchildren, Ireland, Elliot, Eva, Benjamin, Mara, Samantha, Gabby, Dalton, Jacob, Gabriel and Neave.
He was a lifelong fan of the Daleville Broncos, Indiana University basketball and the Indianapolis Colts.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at Ballard and Sons Funeral Home, Daleville. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent Hospice, 2015 Jackson St., Anderson, Indiana.
Published on December 10, 2017