Gene “Geno” Kennard of Burton, formerly of Vassar, age 69, died at home on Monday, October 14, 2019. A funeral service will be held at 11 am, Friday, October 18, 2019, at Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services in Vassar, with burial to follow in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Saginaw. Gene’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. and again on Friday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Those desiring may consider memorial contributions to the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Gene was born June 1, 1950, in Caro, the son of Alfred and Mary Jane (Leonard) Kennard. Gene married the love of his life, Linda Carter, on March 25, 1977, in Vassar. Gene worked at the V-8 Engine Plant in Flint, retiring in 1998, with 30 years of service. Gene enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting and fishing, going up north, watching NASCAR and sports, building houses, and listening to music.

Left to cherish Gene’s memory are his children: Jeffery Edward Kennard, Steven Frederick Kennard, and Dana Schroeder, Gina Pearl Kennard and Dustin Henson, Lawrence Dean Kennard and Dawn Grubbs; grandchildren: Haley Kennard and Aden Morrissey; parents: Alfred and Mary Jane Kennard; siblings: Shirley Gates, Bonnie and husband, Bob Callahan, Pam and husband, Geff McTaggert, Robert and wife, Elinor Kennard, and Tammy and husband, Donnie Huizar; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Deborah and husband, Edward Lesko, Raymond and wife, Pamela Carter, and Ronald Carter; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Linda.

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