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JOHNSTON CITY — Russell "Gene" Claunch, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Shawnee Christian Village in Herrin.

He was born March 7, 1934, in Herrin.  

Gene is survived by daughter, Renee Pyle (Jon); grandsons, Heath and Max; son, Rusty Claunch; granddaughter Randi Dunveant (Keith); great-granddaughters, Ardell and Cricket; grandson, John Russell Claunch; brother, Danny Claunch (Betty); nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; brother, Bill Claunch; and granddaughter, Holly Pyle.

He was employed by GTE (Verizon) until retirement.

He served in the Navy on the USS Catamount.

He was a member of IBEW and Buccaneers Club.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City, with Pastor Larry Stevens officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with military rights conducted by the Marion VFW, American Legion and Navy Burial Honors Team. 

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