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Gene R. Empson - 89

7/15/1928 - 2/19/2018

Clinton, Iowa

Gene R. Empson age 89 of Clinton, passed away Monday Feb. 19, 2018 at Genesis East Hospital in Davenport. According to family wishes cremation rites have been accorded. A Mass will be held 11:00 AM Thursday March 1st at Prince of Peace Parish. Following the Mass, the family invites everyone to attend a reception held at the church hall. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Gene was born on July 16, 1928 in Harrisburg, IL, the son of Carl and Wilda (Parks) Empson. Gene was a Psychology Instructor at Clinton Community College for over 39 years. After his retirement, he volunteered as a court attendant for Clinton County. He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish. He was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan. Gene is survived by his wife, Joan Empson of Clinton; three children, Marc Empson of Ames, IA, John Empson of Eagan, MN, and David Empson of San Antonio, TX; three grandchildren, Alexis, David Allan, and Amelia Jean-Marie; two great grandchildren, Brynn and Gemma. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gathering of Friends

Following the Mass, the family invites everyone to attend a reception held at the church hall.

Memorial Service:

A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 AM Thursday March 1st at Prince of Peace Parish. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.

6 Comments

  • Jennifer Graf

    on 02/22/18

    Such a good, intelligent, witty man. I thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Human Rights Commission with him and was honored to nominate him for the MLK award in 2012 for his many goid works. R.I.P. dear Gene. Prayers of comfort for your family. Jennifer
  • David H. Empson

    on 02/23/18

    Thanks for the kind words about my dad.
  • Roxanne Otto

    on 02/23/18

    Gene was my teacher at CCC. Loved all of his classes. Then I was honored to work with him at CCC for many years. He was always a happy, friendly man. He will be missed.
  • Diane Mootz

    on 02/23/18

    I am saddened by your loss. I went to CCC after high school in late 1970s. he was wonderful, I loved his class and he always joked and called me Sigmund. He was a wonderful teacher and a good role model. I lost track of him over the years but definitely did not forget him. You have my sympathy and prayers.
  • Nancy Frederick

    on 02/25/18

    I enjoyed Gene's classes at CCC; he was very intelligent, kind to everyone, and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed. My sympathy to his family.
  • Arlen J. Van Zee

    on 03/04/18

    I met Gene when he came to us at the Courthouse as a voluntary Court Attendant. What a prize he was. When other counties realized what an excellent program we had initiated it was soon copied elsewhere. And the success of our volunteer program was in the personality and gifts of the man we chose, Gene Empson. Gene added so much with his gentle spirit, able to calm those coming in difficult times. He explained things and set folks at ease. And such a help to me personally, getting things organized each day. It was a smooth operation with Gene. He had such an engaging personality. He was fun to be around. A wonderful sense of humor, a man who loved words and ways of expressing things. Yes, he was the best, and loved by all. My sincere sympathy to Jean and their sons. I want you to know that Gene spoke of you with love and pride.

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