PRINCETON — Gene Lind, 74, of Princeton passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in Peoria.
He was born May 25, 1939, to Hugh R. and Ada J. (Strader) Lind. He graduated from Bureau Township High School in 1957. He enlisted into the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964 as a military police. He married Connie Haefner on Feb. 14, 1976, at Wyanet Methodist Church.
Gene worked over 41 years in the seed business. He started working at Rudy-Patrick in Princeton in 1964 part time in the warehouse. He later became location manager adding more responsibilities as the years went on. Rudy-Patrick went through many name changes over years – Olin Corp., Nickerson Seeds, Agri-Pro Seeds, NAPB and ABI. Gene was involved in sales and marketing in the U.S. and Canada, production manager for alfalfa, U.S. distribution manager for Agri Pro Seeds and customer service manager for ABI. Gene was awarded the Distinguished Service Award and served on the National Alfalfa Review Board. He retired in 2005 only to join the working field again first as a seed consultant and later in sales for Target Seeds and Producer's Choice.
Gene coached women's softball for Wyanet and helped build their softball diamond. He also coached Paul's soccer teams. He loved his Cubs and Bears.
He is survived by his wife, Connie; one son, Paul (Sabrina) Lind of Belleville, Ill.; and two granddaughters, Alex and Gabi Lind, also of Belleville, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with the Rev. Michael Slutz officiating. Burial will follow in the Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Illinois Central Kidney Foundation.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.