Gene C. Van Cleve, 83, of Shelbyville, passed away, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Cypress Run in Morristown.
He was born March 4, 1936 in Shelbyville, to Edmund C. and Florence “Pat” (Phares) Van Cleve
He is survived by his high school sweetheart, Marilyn J. (Kelsay) Van Cleve, whom he married on March 1, 1957.
Mr. Van Cleve is also survived by his daughters, Debby McLeod of Shelbyville, and Kathy Taylor (Lanny) of Shelby County; son, Bruce Van Cleve (Amy) of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Abbey Taylor Hankins (Tyler); Ian McLeod (Camaron); and Tori Van Cleve; great-grandchild, Paisley McLeod and another great-grandchild expected in October; brother Dr. Stephen Van Cleve (Chris); and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, and his grandson, Zachary Taylor.
Mr. Van Cleve graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1954 and from General Motors Institute in 1958.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was a mechanical engineer and retired from Allison Gas Turbine after 39 years of service, which allowed him to travel all over the world.
He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and all aspects of sprint car racing. His most precious times were traveling with his wife and spending time with his family.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.
Funeral services will follow at Noon at the funeral home with Reverend Mark Morningstar officiating.
Burial will be in Lewis Creek Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or Wounded Warrior Project, P O Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675
Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Van Cleve family.
Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.