Richard C. "Jonas" Gens

Born: Sun., Dec. 26, 1948
Died: Sat., May 10, 2014


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., May 16, 2014
Location: Weicht Funeral Home

Masonic Service

7:30 PM Fri., May 16, 2014
Location: Weicht Funeral Home

Moose Service

7:30 PM Fri., May 16, 2014
Location: Weicht Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Sat., May 17, 2014
Location: St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

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Richard C. “Jonas” Gens, 65, of Angola, Indiana died May 10, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was the office manager at the REMC in Angola, Indiana.

He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Angola and the St. Anthony Knights of Columbus since 1985.

He was very active and longtime member of the Angola Moose Lodge #1568 and the Limberlost #18 Legion of the Moose.  He was awarded the Moose of the Year in 1991; served as an officer in every position of the Angola Moose Lodge and served as Governor from 1990-1992.  He was honored in 1992 with the Loyal Order of Moose’s Fellowship Degree.  He was honored in 2014 by receiving the highest degree that the Loyal Order of Moose will bestow on any member, the Pilgrim Degree.

He was a member of the Angola Masonic Lodge #236; a member of the Fort Wayne Valley of Scottish Rite; a member of Mizpah Shrine of Fort Wayne, Pokagon Shrine Club of Steuben County and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, Fort Wayne, Court #27.

He was also a charter member since 1973 of the Lakeland Lions Club.

Jonas is survived by his three brothers Walter (Betty Jane) Gens of Brocton, NY, John Gens of Brocton, NY and Robert (Connie) Gens of North Port, FL; his sister Bertha “Honey” (Frank) Stroker of North Port, FL; his sister-in-law Dolores Gens of Patton, PA; 15 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews.  He was also survived by many friends and adopted families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother George Gens and his sister and brother-in-law Elizabeth and Robert Giese.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 17, 2014 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Angola, IN with Father Bernie Zajdel officiating.

Burial will be in Circle Hill Cemetery, Angola, IN.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Weicht Funeral Home with a Moose Service and Masonic Service at 7:30 PM.

Memorials may be made to Mooseheart or Moosehaven.

Charitable donations may be made in Richard's memory to the following organizations:



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Dale Davenport
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014
My friend and college roommate - we shared a lot of good memories from a great time in my life. I am so thankful that I got to see you again last week and share our last beer together. You will truly be missed by everyone who knew you. God Bless.

Neal and Nadina Prince
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014
Jonas was a very dear friend of ours. We have many fond memories of him - fun times at the Moose, his Christmas Eve "bashes", his Labor Day parties, his delicious wings. He will truly be missed. Our sympathy goes out to all his family. God bless.

Edward Lewis
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014
Our sincere condolences to Jonas' family and to all that loved him. He was a true friend that was always there for you and brought joy and laughter to all that knew him. He has been a blessing to have touched our lives and will be truly missed.

Sincerely, Edward and Geri Lewis

George Hall
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
I hadn't seen or talked to him in over 40 years. I still miss him. A genuinely great guy. Always friendly. Always happy. May he always know peace.

Deb Bell
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I worked with him for almost 20 years at Steuben Co REMC. He was always helpful and had a wonderful sense of humor. Dick's involvement with the youth of the community through the Moose was an inspiration to all. Rest in Peace.

John and Ellen Bukas
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
Our sincere condolensences to the family.Even though we haven't seen you in almost 39 years, since our wedding. we still thought about you on our anniversary every year. Remembering you fondly for your smile and wit.

John and Ellen Bukas

Matt Millard
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
Jonas will surely be missed. I have been blessed to get to know him over the past couple years. He always had a smile and loved to share a laugh. May The Lord bless him and bring him Home.

Michael Pociech
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
Dear Family & Friends, If the world had more "Jonas's, it would be a better place!!! That man was a genuine friend to all, and LOYAL to his community in many organizations. We will never forget Jonas's sense of humor. Especially when he dressed in his "HULA OUTFIT" at the Moose Lodge, and did a dance . We will remember the good old days. Jonas has many, many close dear friends, and our sympathy and prayers go to all. May you have plenty of spaghetti in heaven to eat my friend!!! Michael & Connie Pociech

Mike Gworek
   Posted Fri May 16, 2014
It has been forty years since I saw Jonas, but I can still remember him as fun loving and always willing to help. He will be missed. God Bless you all.

Bruce Emmick
   Posted Fri May 16, 2014
I was so saddened to hear of Jonas's passing. I was his roommate and close friend in both Buffalo and Angola. I stopped in Angola last summer to see him on my way back from the west coast but he was out of town. I will always remember him for his sense of humor, what a great laugh he had! I send my condolences to his family.

Pat Bennett
   Posted Sun May 18, 2014
I worked with Dick the entire time he worked at REMC. He was a wonderful person and his sense of humor certainly helped get him through the day of working with 5 or 6 women. Dick, ole buddy ole pal, I miss you but know someday we'll meet again. RIP my dear friend. I cherished our friendship.

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