Eugene Francis Hentschel (Gene), age 87, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2018 after courageously and uncomplainingly fighting pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his family and under the care of Emmanuel Hospice. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Meg (Margaret), in December 2013; as well as 10 siblings. Gene is the devoted and loving father of James of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Stephan (Lucynda) of Shelbyville, Michigan, Mary Clare (Thierry) Lach of Clinton Township, Michigan, Lisbeth Johnson of Grand Rapids, Michigan; adored grandfather of Erik, Mark, Alex, Gladys, Nicole, Tanya, Amanda, Richard, Karolynn, Andrea, Clarissa, Seth, Laura, Andrew, Nicholas; and beloved great-grandfather “Two-Papa” of 16: Anthony, Isaac, Aaron, Amya, Amani, Andre, Jonathan, Matthew, Dante, Lydia, Kaden, Liam, Amelia, Julian, Judah, Amilia Rose; and was awaiting the birth of another great-grandchild this summer. Gene enjoyed Bible study and prayer, travel, especially to Ireland, studying history, photography, reading, nature, cooking, and classic movies. He could repair almost anything and took meticulous care of his home, car and yard. He is the grateful friend of Bill W. Gene was involved in jail and prison ministry for many years, and was cheerful and talkative. He unnecessarily kissed the Blarney Stone twice. Visitation will be held Monday, April 9, 2-4:00 and 6-8:00 p.m. with a service of remembering at 7:30 p.m. at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell, MI 49331. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 10, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 402 Amity St., Lowell, MI 49331. Rev. Aaron Ferris presiding. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, MI 49221.