He was born Monday, Nov. 8, 1926 in Marco, the son of the late Everett Irl and Mary Catherine (Timmerman) Garrett.
He married Margaret Jane (Lind) in the Methodist parsonage in Pleasantville on Aug. 14, 1946.
Gene graduated from Marco High School, class of 1944. He was an electrical engineer in the mining industry for 41 years. The last 12 years he served as a consultant for Peabody Coal of St. Louis, Mo., and retired in 1987.
He was a member of Carlinville United Methodist Church, Carlinville Elks Lodge No. 1412, Carlinville Lions Club, Harrisburg Masonic Lodge where he was a 32nd degree mason and Aenad Shrine Lodge.
Survivors: Wife, Jane Garrett of Carlinville, Ill., daughter, Terry Jane Hess (Dr. James Kirk Hess) of Hillsboro, Ill., grandson, Brian Hess of Chicago, grandson, Dean Hess of St. Louis, Mo., and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers; Charles Arnold and Willis Ray Garrett.
Visitation will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday at Davis-Anderson Funeral Homes in Carlinville, Ill.
Funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Ill., with military honors.
Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Carlinville United Methodist Church, Macoupin County Historical Society, or Carlinville Area Hospital Building Fund.