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Celebrating the life of
George Eugene "Gene" Vonwaldner
May 12, 1943 - September 21, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - Saturday, September 23, 2017
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Funeral Service
  • 2:00 p.m. - Sunday, September 24, 2017
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200

Gene and I did not see each other very much after HS since I left Savannah. But, I considered him a good friend. Gene was a good guy. He will be missed. May he rest in peace. Lee Shuman (BC61)

Lee Shuman, Lilburn, GA

I'm so sorry for your loss. Death was not intended to be apart of life. Jehovah, God, makes a comforting promise at John 5:28,29 to resurrect our loved ones one day. I hope this scripture gives you comfort as it has given me in times of loss. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly, ,

I’m so sorry to hear of Gene’s death. I will always remember him as a kind, gentle man who shared the joy of putt-putt.

Debbie Abbott Rose, Savannah, Ga

Our condolences to the family. We wish you peace and beautiful memories. We are always at a loss when a BC brother passes away.

Jack Sussman class of '60, Jacksonville, Fl

I am sorry for your loss. Death is painful to all of us. However God's word the Bible always offers encouragement. A scripture I find comforting is Isaiah 25:8. There Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. That will be very satisfying! I hope this thought has been comforting to you. May positive thoughts fill you hearts and minds as you endure this difficult time.

R.G., ,

God bless you Gene. I had great times working for you. You will always be remembered.

Carey Canales, Savannah, Ga

My condolences to the Vonwaldner Family on your loss. May Jehovah God grant you his peace. Please remember his promise at Revelation 21:3,4 (to wipe out tears from all faces and death will be no more neither mourning nor outcry nor pain). Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, , GA

Please except my Condolences, sure will miss Gene and all of our adventures. He was a good dude and one hell of a Lefthand putter.

Mark warren, Savannah, Ga

We're sorry we couldn't be there but you're in our thoughts and prayers! We love you so much!

Beth and David Baird, Burlington , Ks

Anita & Family: I first met Gene at Sacred Heart in grammar school way back in the dark ages of the early 1950's. He was always quiet, kind and friendly. He was the kind of person who whenever the thought of him came to mind you automatically began to smile. Prayers for the family, and a swift journey my friend. Ed Ragan '61

Edward C. Ragan, II, Peachree City, Ga.

While freshmen at BC, we played many rounds of Putt-Putt together along with Condy Roberson, Gene McDonald, and several others at the course on Victory Drive. Gene was a quiet, fierce competitor. This was in the 50's, long before he thought of becoming a course owner/developer. We spoke at our 55th class reunion on campus in 2016 about the old putt-putt days and the move to Metter. As always, he was friendly and soft spoken. Now, all of his putts are gimmies! Rest in peace!

Tom Corish '61, Madison, GA

Gene's family. Gene and I were friends during grammar and high school. I lived close by on Anderson St. when we were in grammar school and then on 37th street. We lost touch after high school. I'm not sure why. I was in the class of 61 also. When I got the announcement today, it took my breath away. I remember Gene as a gentle and kind soul. Thanks so much for the obituary. I was not aware of his career with putt putt. How wonderful. My love and prayers to all of you. Rest in Peace Gene.

Gerald Daly, Decatur, GA

I will miss Gene. Though work life has taken me away from Savannah for many years, I will always remember him as a Benedictine '61 classmate that was liked and respected by everyone. He was truly a kind and gentle person and bright enough to be highly successful in the world of business. Rest in peace, Gene, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With sincere condolences, Barry Wilson

Barry Wilson, Chattanooga, TN

George Eugene “Gene” Vonwalder

Gene died on September 21, 2017 under supervision of Hospice of Statesboro/Savannah and with the love of his wife and sister-in-law, Jackie.

He was born in Savannah and lived there for 72 years.  He moved to Metter in July 2015 fulfilling a lifelong promise to retire in the country of his wife.

He was a member of the 1961 graduating class of Benedictine.

He started playing Putt Putt when he was 11 years old at the Victory Drive course.  When the course was relocated to East Victory Drive, he went to work for Putt Putt at 17 years of age in 1968.  He has found his niche in life.  After approximately6 years of working the course, he was able to purchase it.  He was home.  In late 1970, he was able to get a lease on property on Mall Blvd. where he built his second course. He built his first game room on Mall Blvd. in 1981 and didn’t stop there.  He had two acres of land left which he started developing in 1983 and finished both phases by 1985 adding 235 storage units and a new branch to his success in life.  He went on to add a third 18-hole course and pools and animals.  He was always pushing and doing.  He owned courses in Charleston, SC and Valdosta, GA during his career.  He loved what he did and did what he loved until he sold property in 2007.

His biggest life advancement was that he was a kind and a gentle man.

Surviving are his wife, Anita Vonwalder of Metter who he loved very much; sister, Jane Bouton of Tampa, FL; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jackie & Cal Jonson of Metter who were always there for us; his niece, Gail Hamilton of Tampa, FL; sister-in-law, Peggy Jalbert who helped when she could and prayed for us endlessly; nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 2017 in the Hodgson Chapel of Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors.

Burial will be private.

 

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Gene and I did not see each other very much after HS since I left Savannah. But, I considered him a good friend. Gene was a good guy. He will be missed. May he rest in peace. Lee Shuman (BC61)

Lee Shuman, Lilburn, GA

I'm so sorry for your loss. Death was not intended to be apart of life. Jehovah, God, makes a comforting promise at John 5:28,29 to resurrect our loved ones one day. I hope this scripture gives you comfort as it has given me in times of loss. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly, ,

I’m so sorry to hear of Gene’s death. I will always remember him as a kind, gentle man who shared the joy of putt-putt.

Debbie Abbott Rose, Savannah, Ga

Our condolences to the family. We wish you peace and beautiful memories. We are always at a loss when a BC brother passes away.

Jack Sussman class of '60, Jacksonville, Fl

I am sorry for your loss. Death is painful to all of us. However God's word the Bible always offers encouragement. A scripture I find comforting is Isaiah 25:8. There Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. That will be very satisfying! I hope this thought has been comforting to you. May positive thoughts fill you hearts and minds as you endure this difficult time.

R.G., ,

God bless you Gene. I had great times working for you. You will always be remembered.

Carey Canales, Savannah, Ga

My condolences to the Vonwaldner Family on your loss. May Jehovah God grant you his peace. Please remember his promise at Revelation 21:3,4 (to wipe out tears from all faces and death will be no more neither mourning nor outcry nor pain). Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, , GA

Please except my Condolences, sure will miss Gene and all of our adventures. He was a good dude and one hell of a Lefthand putter.

Mark warren, Savannah, Ga

We're sorry we couldn't be there but you're in our thoughts and prayers! We love you so much!

Beth and David Baird, Burlington , Ks

Anita & Family: I first met Gene at Sacred Heart in grammar school way back in the dark ages of the early 1950's. He was always quiet, kind and friendly. He was the kind of person who whenever the thought of him came to mind you automatically began to smile. Prayers for the family, and a swift journey my friend. Ed Ragan '61

Edward C. Ragan, II, Peachree City, Ga.

While freshmen at BC, we played many rounds of Putt-Putt together along with Condy Roberson, Gene McDonald, and several others at the course on Victory Drive. Gene was a quiet, fierce competitor. This was in the 50's, long before he thought of becoming a course owner/developer. We spoke at our 55th class reunion on campus in 2016 about the old putt-putt days and the move to Metter. As always, he was friendly and soft spoken. Now, all of his putts are gimmies! Rest in peace!

Tom Corish '61, Madison, GA

Gene's family. Gene and I were friends during grammar and high school. I lived close by on Anderson St. when we were in grammar school and then on 37th street. We lost touch after high school. I'm not sure why. I was in the class of 61 also. When I got the announcement today, it took my breath away. I remember Gene as a gentle and kind soul. Thanks so much for the obituary. I was not aware of his career with putt putt. How wonderful. My love and prayers to all of you. Rest in Peace Gene.

Gerald Daly, Decatur, GA

Candle tribute lit by Gerald Daly 61' — Georgia

I will miss Gene. Though work life has taken me away from Savannah for many years, I will always remember him as a Benedictine '61 classmate that was liked and respected by everyone. He was truly a kind and gentle person and bright enough to be highly successful in the world of business. Rest in peace, Gene, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With sincere condolences, Barry Wilson

Barry Wilson, Chattanooga, TN


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