Eugene Carrol Hysmith

Birth Date: 
Friday, May 10, 1935
Date of Passing: 
Monday, January 1, 2018

Eugene Carrol “Gene” Hysmith, 82, of Wooster died Monday, January 1, 2018 at home under the care of LifeCare Hospice. 

He was born May 10, 1935 in San Pedro, CA to Dallas and Francis Compton Hysmith. 

Gene was a graduate of Banning High School at the time of “Grease” and had attended college for 3 years and also served for 8 years in the Navy Reserve.  He had worked for Northrop Grumman and for auto body shops in the LA area until moving to Eugene, OR with his wife, Pam.  Gene taught school at Lynn Benton Community College and the Lane Community College until he opened his own body shop.  He specialized in restoration work.  He then met the love of his life, Sarah Dalbey, whom he married in 1993.  After retirement, they moved to Hawaii where they stared a home remodeling company.  They then later moved to Ohio.

Gene enjoyed mentoring young men and helped many.  He loved inventing things, building things, fishing, camping, teaching, black jack, travelling, especially to Reno and Las Vegas, eating good food and flying his airplane.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and an irresistible smile that put people at ease.  He was a warm and gentle man who will be missed.

He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County and the Elks.

Along with his wife of 24 years, Sarah, he is survived by his children Michael (Rachelle) Hysmith of Eugene, OR and David Hysmith of Thornton, CO; step children Samantha Adams of Eugene, OR and Gillian (Ross) Agre of Charlotte, NC; 3 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 1 step-great-grandchild; and a sister Diana Beardsley of Santa Fe Springs, CA.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Beulah Earnhardt.

There will be no services or calling hours.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Contributions may be directed to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691


I met Gene when l started college in Eugene in 1977. He was the best teacher and menter l ever had. My son was born on Gene’s birthday in 1978. I will miss him everyday.

My thoughts and prayers are with you Sarah.

Sending heartfelt sympathy, Sarah.

I'm so sorry for your loss Sarah. I think about Gene and what a joyful person he always was. When he was on my schedule it brought a smile to my face.

Sweetest brother ever and sweetest man ever. I love you Gene.

Sweetest brother and sweetest man ever. I love you Gene

To Gene's Family,
I met Gene through a mutual friend, Fred Seigerst who owned a Volkswagen dealership in Springfield Oregon. I was having a paint issue with my car and Fred suggested I visit Gene. We became immediate friends. I learned so much from Gene just by being around him and seeing him interact with his customers and family, about being patient and listening. Lessons that I still use in my professional and personal life today. Gene was an extraordinary human being and mentor and it was a true privilege to call him my friend and I will miss him all of my days.
To Mike and David, I cant put into words what your Dad meant to me. He was always there for me no matter what. If I needed to just vent or to talk about a car, he always had time....I see that in both of you!
Gene, Rest in Peace my friend.

So sorry for your loss Sarah and Gene's family too! I only met Gene through Sarah at our class meetings so I didn't know him very well. Sarah, you have my most sincere sympathy.Rest in Peace!

Gene was a great friend, kind and gentle, who was always there when anyone needed his help or just advice. Joan and I truly miss him.
With Aloha,
Harvey and Joan James

Gene was a wonderful person. When I needed help he jumped in, did a great job with my remodeling. I think of him everyday. We had many laughs, he will be missed.
Aloha, Sharon

Gene's friendly and easy-going manner was magnetic. He generously shared his extensive knowledge and experience. His skills are evidenced in his top-notch work. He was a wonderful man whose joyful countenance was uplifting to everyone. My deepest condolences to his wife Sarah and the family.

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