PAULDING, OH: Eugene S. “Gene” Wirts, age 82, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Vancrest of Hicksville.

Gene was born January 7, 1939 in Paulding County, son of the late Glen and Evelyn (Diver) Wirts. On December 29, 1984, he married Carolyn Spangler, who survives.

For 25 years, Gene worked at Parret Packing/Top of Indiana Beef. He was also a truck driver for Strable Paving, where he retired in 1991.

Gene was a member of the Paulding Eagles #2405. He loved Ohio State Football and NASCAR Racing, especially his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt.

Gene is also survived by his children: Eugene S. Wirts, Tom (Polly) Wirts, Deona (Bill) Kniceley, Orville (Darlene) Bartley, Jeffery (Kim) Bartley, Bronson (Amber) Bartley; daughter-in-law, Jenny Wirts; brother, Jim (Thelma) Wirts; 22 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Barbara Jean Wirts and three children: Timothy E. Wirts, Allen Bartley, and Cheryl Roznovsky.

Funeral services were held on September 13, 2021 at Den Herder Funeral Home with Reverend Terry Brock officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Gene’s name to Den Herder Funeral Home, PO Box 27, Paulding, Ohio, 45879.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.