Eugene Thomas LaCroix Jr., age 72, of Caledonia finally won his battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (“PSP”) on Saturday, June 20th, and is now free of pain and physical limitations. He is survived by his wife of fifty years and caregiver, Nancy; children, Jon (Suzanna), Amy, Gene (Kelly) and Cara (Luke) Younger; his beloved grandchildren, Damian, Devin, Brayden, Justin, Harper LaCroix, Jack and Avery Younger; and great-grandchild, Micaiah Baldwin; his siblings, Dave, Holly (Jim) Johnson, Steve (Lee), Don (Denise), Suzanne (John) Petz, Mark (Lori); and many nieces, nephews, and a host of life-long friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene T. LaCroix Sr.; mother, Jeanette LaCroix; and stepmother, Betty LaCroix. Gene was born on July 27, 1947 in Bay City, MI. His family lived in Midland until 1959 when they moved to Grand Rapids. Gene and Nancy raised their family in Jenison. He was a wonderful husband, dad and grandpa, loving every minute spent with family, especially at sporting events. He treasured the time at his Pretty Lake cottage with family and friends over the years. Gene was an avid golfer up until he could no longer physically play, loving the personal challenge of the game as well as time spent with friends. Gene was one of Michigan State’s greatest fans, as is his whole family. He and Nancy met there, graduated and sent all four of their children through the hallowed green halls! Go Green! Gene started working with Sun Life of Canada, where his dad was branch manager. As the time went on, he widened his practice with other insurance and investments. He attained many awards and designations throughout the years, working as an independent agent and acquiring many loyal and trusting clients. He worked full time until being forced to retire due to PSP. Gene was accepting of his disease although he suffered greatly, gradually losing his ability to function. He participated in a clinical study for PSP at University of Chicago Hospital for almost 2 years, helping to try to find a cure for this terrible disease. We will be forever grateful to all of Gene’s caregivers over the years, especially Jessica, Paul and Kim and his daughter, Amy, and grandson, Devin, who dedicated countless loving hours helping Gene and Nancy. They all made it possible for him to stay at home and be comfortable. Thanks to Faith Hospice for all their help and assistance. Visitation will be Sunday, June 28th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel (3980 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546). We will be following Covid restrictions per the executive order. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 29th at 11am at Holy Family Catholic Church (9669 Kraft Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316). Rev. Robert LaCroix presiding. Please note that masks will be required at both the visitation and funeral. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either CurePSP (www.psp.org) or Faith Hospice (https://faithhospicecare.org/).