Gene Watts

Gene Watts

Gene Watts, 84 a resident of Clarissa, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at the Communities of Faith, United Methodist Church in Clarissa with Pastor Rick Wilder officiating. Burial was held at Woodman Cemetery, in Clarissa.
Gene was born on November 15, 1929 in Milwaukee, WI. to Edith Watts. Due to hardships, he was placed in an orphanage and adopted by his grandparents, Fred and Mabel Watts of Clearwater. He attended grade school in Clearwater and high school in St. Cloud, where he graduated from St. Cloud Tech in 1948. Gene was a Korean Vet, and proudly served in the Navy from 1952-1956. He then attended Graphic Arts Printing School in Minneapolis. During that time, he met the love of his life, Orla Scott, of Clarissa. They were married on February 16, 1957 at the United Methodist Church in Clarissa, and resided in town raising four children. Gene was employed at the Clarissa Independent Newspaper in 1957. In 1971, he purchased the business and remained as editor until he retired in 1991. Gene served on the Clarissa Fire Department for 27 years, and was a member of the American Legion Post 213 for 56 years where he served as Commander for one year.
Gene was known by all for his quick wit, practical jokes, and sense of humor that kept those around him smiling.
Gene enjoyed sports. He participated in bowling, baseball, and horseshoe, and watched many sporting events on television.
He cherished his many years of deer hunting with friends and family. Gene also had a love for music, and enjoyed working crossword puzzles, and gardening (especially growing gourds and tomato plants). Above all, Genes time spent with his family and friends meant the most to him. He was greatly anticipating becoming a great-grandpa in February.
Gene is survived by his wife, Orla, of 56 years; his children Kim Sobota of Plymouth, Kent (Beth) Watts of Sauk Rapids, Scott Watts of Columbia Heights, and Darin (Jessica) Watts of Walker and grandchildren Derek Sobota, Lauren (Case) Sobota-Paxton, Haily Watts, Taylor Watts, Connor Watts, Colter Smith, Hunter Smith, Logan Watts, and Brianna Watts.
He was preceded in death by his mother, grandparents, three brothers and six sisters.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home, Browerville.

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