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Hubert Eugene Watt


Hubert Eugene Watt, 87, formerly of Shipman, passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2023 at Alton Memorial Hospital.

Gene was born on Aug. 15, 1936 in Hartford, he was a son of Hubert E. and Virginia (Bane) Watt.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Gene worked as a foreman then a night superintendent for Olin Corp.  He also worked for two years as the Public Works Director for the City of Alton.

He was a member of the Franklin Masonic Lodge in Alton.

An avid sportsman, Gene enjoyed the outdoors and nature in general.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as bird watching.  He was quite the handyman and accomplished Do-It-Yourself projects around his home.  He also loved to travel.

He married the former Diana Wimberly in 1985 in Godfrey.  She preceded him in death Dec. 19, 2014.

He was survived his sons, Stephen Eugene Watt of Brighton, Robert Eric (Dorothy) Watt of Rosewood Heights; two stepdaughters, Monica Edwards of East Alton, Jessie (Danny) Hicks of Warrenton, MO; a stepson, Michael Hettick of Corpus Christi, TX; 17 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; sister, Virginia Howard of Excelsior Springs, MO; brother, Stephen David (Pamela) Watt of Kansas City, MO; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, Anthony Ross Watt; sister, Sue Ellen Page and his first wife, Louise (Hill) Richards.

Visitation was held on Friday, Jan. 5 at Paynic Home. Funeral services were hled on Saturday, Jan. 6.  Burial with military honors was at Grimes-Neely Cemetery in Jerseyville.

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