Ronald E. Gene Watkins, 76, of Urbana, died on Friday, June 26, 2015 in Springfield Regional Medical Center. He was born December 4, 1938 in Champaign County, OH, a son of Granville S. and Lenore (Jenkins) Watkins. Gene was a graduate of North Lewisburg High School and retired from the Columbia Gas Company. He loved to fish, and enjoyed time spent at Indian Lake and in Florida. He was truly a wonderful man who simply loved life. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Green Watkins; daughter Lori (Jon) Allen and grandchildren, Justin (Sara) Karg, Devlin Allen and Hannah Allen, all of Urbana, and Brooke Allen of Cincinnati, and great-granddaughter, Khloe Karg; son, Ron (Beth) Watkins and grandchildren Kurtis Watkins and Dillon Watkins, all of Urbana; stepdaughter Holly Cooper and her children Jerry Cooper and Mackenzie Cooper; stepdaughter Julie (Randy) Henson and their children Hannah Henson and Clark Henson; brother, Sherman (Delores) Watkins; sisters, Shirley Hess and Ilene Tussing; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, Marvin Watkins; brothers-in-law, Ed Tussing and Alfred Hess; son-in-law, Randy Karg; stepson, Rob Green; and son-in-law, Randy Karg. Family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2015 in the WALTER & STOWE FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, where a Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Jim Lillibridge officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to a donors choice in Genes honor. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.walterfunerals.com.