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Friday, 05 April 2013 11:02
Samuel-Genson-Obituary-photoSamuel Richard Genson, 82, of Bowling Green, Ohio, went peacefully to meet his Maker on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 following a long illness, with his family at his bedside.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Norine (Fouts) Genson, and seven children: Tamara (Ron) Sharp, BG; Corbin (Beth) Genson, Portage; Kyle (Tiffany) Genson, BG; Garth (Kim) Genson, Anna, TX; Christopher Genson, BG; Jeff June, Evergreen, CO; and Tom (Amy) June, Parker, CO. In addition, he is survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, as well as a sister, Rosemary (LaVerdo) Fox, Bradenton, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant granddaughter Heather Rose Genson, former wife Barbara (Clingo) Genson, and his favorite cousin and life-long friend, Chuck Genson.
Sam was born December 27, 1930 at home in Haskins, Ohio, to Silas Richard and Rhea (Enright) Genson. He was an adventurous child, once "parachuting" off the roof of the family garage and breaking his arm in the process.
He graduated from Haskins High School in 1948 and was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Infantry Paratroops in Japan and Korea from 1951 through 1954.
After the war, while working full time and raising a family, he attended night classes part-time at the University of Toledo, earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1969.
A Registered Professional Engineer, he spent his career at Johns-Manville, first in Waterville and then at World Headquarters in Denver. He retired in 1991 after 35 years, earning 14 U.S. patents for JM along the way.
Following his retirement, Sam volunteered as a construction worker for the RV-MAPS program of the Assemblies of God, where his engineering expertise and his gift for carpentry were put to good use building and remodeling churches, bible camps, and teen centers all over the United States and in Kenya. He and Norine made many good friends during their years with RV-MAPS, and retired from serving the Lord in this manner only when Sam's health began to fail.
Sam was a lifelong fan of auto racing, and began racing stock cars while in his twenties. Later he designed, built, and raced his own micro midget in the 1960s and 1970s. He won many trophies over the years, racing always as the spiffy black and red car #90. He also enjoyed watching World of Outlaw Sprint Car races and NASCAR races, and was an aviation history buff.
He loved to read, especially his Bible, biographies, histories, old westerns, aviation magazines, and books by his favorite author, Chuck Colson. In his younger years, he enjoyed dancing, swimming, and roller skating, and later camping and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He was an active member of Bethel Assembly of God in Perrysburg, and served on the Board of Trustees until he was no longer physically able.
The family will receive visitors at Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster St., P.O Box 648, Tele: 419-352-2171, Bowling Green, Ohio on Friday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Deck-Hanneman on Saturday at 4 p.m., with Pastor Paul Rea officiating.
A meal will follow at Dyer's Family Restaurant in BG.
Memorials may be made to Bethel Assembly of God, 665 W. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg, Ohio 43551; or to the American Legion's scholarship fund at The American Legion Legacy Fund, 700 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.
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Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 11:03

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