Eugene Delbert Carr

July 22, 1924 ~ March 2, 2022 (age 97)


Eugene (Gene) Carr went to be with his Lord Wednesday, March 2, at the age of 97. He was born July 22, 1924, in Hinckley, Ill., to Archie and Wilhelmina (Troeger) Carr, the fifth of 15 kids. The family moved to Michigan in 1937.

He married the love of his life, Helen Wright, in 1946, and they were blessed with two daughters, Patricia (Hank) Seyfarth and Bonnie Knowlton; two granddaughters, Megan Stewart and Heidi Rader; a grandson, Spencer Seyfarth; great granddaughter, Helena Rader; and the Schlaman family.

Gene's life was a testament to his devotion to God, Family and Country. At the time of his death, he was the oldest member of the Lawrence UMC. He served in the Army as part of the 2nd Armored Division, "Hell on Wheels", during WWII, driving a tank in Europe. He was a member of the American Legion in Lawrence, and the last WWII veteran in the area. He was also an active member of the Lawrence community for over 80 years, serving on the Village Council for 18 years and as the Mayor for 7 1/2 years, during which time he lobbied the state for the water tower at no cost to the Village residents. He also believed in working hard and playing harder and had many toys at various times including 10 antique tractors and several motorhomes and travel trailers. Gene wore many hats during his professional career, including plant superintendent and truck driver. Helen and Gene traveled to all 50 states and he loved to tell anyone who would listen about their travels.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; nine brothers; four sisters; son-in-law; and a great grandchild. He will be greatly missed by his remaining sister, Geneve (Carl) Flickinger; many nieces and nephews; too numerous to mention, as well as many others non-related to whom he was "Uncle Gene" or "Grandpa Gene".

Visitation will be held at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, Saturday, March 5, from 5-7 p.m. and Sunday, March 6, from 2-4 p.m. Celebration of life service will be held at Lawrence UMC, Monday, March 7, at 11 a.m. Please join Gene's Last Ride to interment at Hill Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Lawrence UMC or the American Legion Post #174 in Lawrence. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at

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March 5, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Calvin Funeral Home
8 East Main Street, Post Office Box 96
Hartford, MI 49057

March 6, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Calvin Funeral Home
8 East Main Street, Post Office Box 96
Hartford, MI 49057

Funeral Service
March 7, 2022

11:00 AM
Lawrence United Methodist Church
122 South Exchange Street
Lawrence, MI 49064


Lawrence United Methodist Church
122 South Exchange Street, P.O. Box 276, Lawrence MI 49064
Tel: 1-269-674-8381

American Legion Hess-Eastman Post #174
P.O. Box 174, Lawrence MI 49064

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