July 2, 2017

Donald E. “Geno” Showers, 73, of Franklin, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Sunday July 2, 2017, at Oil City Healthcare and Rehab after a battle with esophogeal cancer.

Born June 9, 1944, in Oil City, he was the son of the late George H. Showers and Delia Bridget Corbet Showers. Gene was a 1963 graduate of Oil City High School. He entered the United States Air Force on Oct. 4, 1963, and was discharged on Sept. 27, 1967.

Geno enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada with his friends. He was a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers, and also enjoyed watching NASCAR every week with the boys. Gene had worked for the railroad for several years before taking a job with Joy Manufacturing where he worked many years.

He is survived by a brother, Richard L. Showers and his wife, Saundra, of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Helen Drelick, of Oil City, Donna Barrett, of Cranberry and Dorothy Heigley and her husband, Jim, of Oil City; a brother-in-law, William Kane, of Butler; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friends, Jodie and Tad Burgert, Barry Burgert, Rocky and Jeannie Burgert, Susan Hilton, John Sterner, Randy Doutt and Jim and Sherry Shawgo.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Arlene Kane; two brothers-in-law, Frank Barrett and Adam Drelick; and two nephews, Dave Barrett and Michael Barrett.

Per his request, there will be no viewing or visitation. Military honors will be accorded by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the VNA Hospice, 491 Allegheny Blvd. Franklin or to Oil City Healthcare and Rehabilitation, 1293 Grandview Rd. Oil City.

The family wishes to thank the employees of Oil City Healthcare and Rehab and the hospice nurses for their kindness shown to Gene. The Reinsel Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent at http://www.reinselfuneralhome.com.