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Gene R. Judkins (1933-2019)

Gene R. Judkins

FARMINGTON - Gene R. Judkins, 85, of Farmington passed away peacefully on March 8, 2019 at Sandy River Center in Farmington, surrounded by his loving family.

Gene was born on April 6, 1933, the son of Gerald and Bertha Judkins, at the family farm in Beans Corner. Gene was a 1951 graduate of Wilton Academy, and then served in the 82nd Airborne of the U. S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He then returned to Maine when he met and wed Carol L. Tutty of Wilton on September 8, 1955. Gene attended Husson College in Bangor, earning a BS in Accounting in 1961. After his graduation, the family moved back to Wilton, and Gene worked at G.H. Bass, owned a grocery store on Main Street in Wilton, at K & H Foster in Wilton, and then back to G.H. Bass as a foreman of the hand sewing department for many years. Gene traveled to Europe and South America demonstrating hand sewing for Timberland before his retirement. He was also a long time member of the Odd Fellows.

Gene was a beloved and loving husband of 63 years, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years at the family camp in Salem, spending time and riding with his family and friends, playing cards, feeding the birds and squirrels, and gardening. He also enjoyed genealogy and his family loved to watch him dance with his wife and sole-mate, and they enjoyed many evenings with friends at the VFW Hall in Jay.

Gene is survived by: his wife, Carol Judkins of Farmington; sister, Millicent Marble of Wilton; daughter, Jo-Ellen Nelson and husband Rick of Durham; sons, Gary Judkins of Wilton, and Mark Judkins of Buxton; and many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. He was predeceased by; his parents; his son, Kris; sister, Geraldine Durrell; brother, Lauriston (Stub) Richards; and his cherished dog, Bree.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made to the Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for later in the spring. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scoot’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Gene's passing. He was a wonderful man. My condolences to his family.

  2. So sorry for your loss..thinking of you!!

  3. Gary, Jo-ellen and family., we will miss him, he was a wonderful guy. "The girls" up the road😇

  4. Gene was a great man . Condolences to the family Tom and Polly Thompson

  5. So sorry to hear of Gene's passing,condolences to the family

  6. So sorry to hear of Gene's passing. My condolences to the family.

  7. Mrs. Judkins, Jo-Ellen, Gary, and Mark ~ I was saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. I have vivid memories, especially of the store in Wilton. Many good times shared with Jo-Ellen.My deepest sympathy and condolences to your family.

  8. Gene was such a genuine person. I enjoyed having both him and Carol visiting me at Dummers Beach and to my home in Temple. Thoughts with you Carol and your family! Belinda, Mark and Rem.

  9. I feel honored and blessed to have met such a fun loving man. I pray his beautiful family can take comfort in how amazing and supportive they are. Praying for you all!