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Gene Brown Sewell

July 29, 1929 ~ September 13, 2021 (age 92)


Mr. Gene Brown Sewell, 92, passed away September 13, 2021, the son of Charles and Mary Brown Sewell. He was born in Waterview, Kentucky, Cumberland County, on July 29, 1929. 

     Gene was a career Army veteran, serving his country with distinction for more than 20 years.  He served in Germany, Korea, and Okinawa, in addition to ROTC faculty appointments at West Virginia University and Eastern Kentucky University.  He received numerous Military Intelligence commendations, including a Joint Service Commendation medal in 1969 from then Commander in Chief Pacific, Admiral John McCain.

     He served as a Detective in the Jefferson County, Kentucky, Juvenile Court System for many years, where he was widely known and respected for extending himself to turn around the lives many youth.

     Gene had a zest for life and pursued interests and hobbies with great passion.  He curated an award-winning Bonsai collection and a notable Arrowhead and Indian Relic collection.

     Gene was preceded in death by his parents, by a daughter, Cheryl Sewell Hamilton, and by his sister, Ruth Sewell Butler. He is survived by his daughters Katharin Sewell Dyer (and Barry Dyer) of Nashville and Cindy Sewell Weisskopf (Dr. Peter Weisskopf) of Phoenix, Arizona, and by his three granddaughters:  Emily Dyer Gulick (Joshua Gulick), Julia Dyer Sweitzer (Nathan Sweitzer), and Alexandra Weisskopf. He is survived by Golda Garman Sewell.

     A private burial was held on September 14, 2021 at the Marrowbone Cemetery in Marrowbone, Kentucky with immediate family only.

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Marrowbone Methodist Church, Cheryl Hamilton Memorial Garden Fund.

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