Malcolm 'Gene' Eugene Acocks

1919 - 2020

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Malcolm Eugene Acocks (100) passed away on September 13, 2020, in Findlay. Gene was born on December 12, 1919 in Bloomdale, Ohio to James and Della Meade Acocks. He was a 1937 graduate of Bloomdale High School. Prior to graduation he worked in the late 20’s and early 30’s in his father’s oil field. Gene graduated in 1941 from BGSU where he was active in band, orchestra and ran track. He also obtained his private pilot’s license from Findlay College. Gene began his teaching career in September, 1941 at Bloomdale H.S. He married his high school sweetheart, Helen Jane Easley, on November 2, 1941. Then in January, 1942, he was drafted into the Army Air Corp. He was chosen from 2,000 cadets to become a pilot instructor in Selma, Alabama. Gene left service in 1946 as a 1st Lt and went back to teaching English at Bloomdale High School and coaching football and basketball. During this time he was also the Village Clerk of Bloomdale, President of Local Commercial Club, Sunday School President, taught young people how to play chess, Head of the Pastoral Relations Comm, Representative of Church at Annual Conference and Sunday School Superintendent. Gene earned his Masters Degree from BGSU in 1954 and was named Superintendent of Bloomdale Schools. He also took over the duties of Clerk and Treasurer. In 1957, Bloomdale Schools consolidated with Portage, Cygnet and Wayne to form Elmwood Schools and Gene was named it’s first Superintendent. A new High School was built during this time. He taught an aviation course and organized a Civil Air Patrol Squadron, attaining the rank of Major. Gene left Elmwood in 1962 for the Superintendent job at Willard, Ohio, where he oversaw a new Junior High being built. In 1969 Gene moved to Port Clinton, Ohio as Superintendent until 1975. In 1975 he was hired as Hancock County Superintendent. In his first year, he visited every classroom in each of the county’s seven schools. Gene retired in 1984 after 43 years in education. Gene and Helen spent their winter months in Winterhaven, Florida for many years. Helen passed away in August, 2001 after almost 60 years of marriage. In addition to his parents and wife, Gene was preceded in death by his brothers Lamar and Raymond. Gene is survived by his three sons, Jeffrey (Theresa), Perrysburg, OH, Marc, Fremont, OH, and Larry (JoEllen), Defiance OH. A grandson, Patrick (Sara), Columbus, OH, and granddaughter, Megan McCarthy, North Carolina. Great-granddaughters, Lauren and Emily Acocks, Columbus. Gene was an avid golfer, who enjoyed his outings with his 3 sons. Having always led a purpose-filled life, he prided himself on visiting those who were home bound or in nursing homes, sometimes making more than 20 visits a week. Gene knew God was first in his life, was an active member of his church and read his Bible daily. His church was a great comfort and was the location of his joyous 100th birthday celebration in December, 2019. A graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Weaver Cemetery, Bloom Twp. (Wood Co.) with Pastor Matthew Blau officiating. The family welcomes the use of masks and social distancing at the grave. In lieu of flowers, Gene had requested memorials be given to Bloomdale Methodist Church, Salem Cass United Methodist Scholarship Fund in the name of Helen Acocks or to the Findlay City Mission. Online condolences can be shared with the family by visiting coldrencrates.com.


Service Information

  • Graveside Service:

    Thursday, September 17th 2020 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    Weaver Cemetery [Map]
    Eagleville Road
    North Baltimore, Ohio

  • Final Resting Place:

    Weaver Cemetery [Map]

    Bloom Township, Ohio

  • Contributions:

    Bloomdale Methodist Church
    209 N. Garfield Street
    Bloomdale, Ohio 44817

    Salem Cass UMC Scholarship Fund-Helen Acocks
    4699 County Road 236
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

    City Mission -
    510 W. Main Cross Street
    Findlay, OH 45840

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To : Family of Gene Acocks
Date :Tuesday, September 15th 2020
From : Sharon Stacy
Gene was a very special person. I'm so glad he decided to come to Salem church. It was such a joy to have him in our Sunday School class and have him join us for lunch after class and after our Monday morning Bible studies. I really admired his visiting so many of our sick or homebound members, even at the age of 100! His life was a wonderful example for all of us.



To : Gene Acocks' Family
Date :Tuesday, September 15th 2020
From : Leroy Bockbrader
I was a student at Bloomdale High School during Mr. Acocks' tenure there. He was a good leader and was highly respected by everyone. Please accept my sympathy to the family in his passing.



To : Gene Acocks family
Date :Tuesday, September 15th 2020
From : Karen McEwen Dick Wasson
Jeff and family. Sending condolences and prayers to your family. We both were students at Elmwood High School when Mr Acocks was superintendent. Always held him in high regard. Saw him at Marie's 100th birthday celebration last fall. Our sympathy to his family.



To : Mr Malcolm's Family
Date :Tuesday, September 15th 2020
From : Mark Chelsea Caleb and Hannah Edwards
Please accept our condolences ♥️. We only knew Mr. Malcolm for what seemed like a short time. But enjoyed the time we did have with him. What an honor it was to celebrate His 100th birthday celebration. Praying for all during this time.



To : Marc
Date :Wednesday, September 16th 2020
From : Lynn Franke
What a dynamic man! Sending you heartfelt condolences.



To : The Acocks Family
Date :Wednesday, September 16th 2020
From : Marianne Higley
What a sweet, sweet, spirit. My prayers go out to you in his absence.



To : Family and Friends of Mr Acocks
Date :Wednesday, September 16th 2020
From : The Rev Jeffrey Ridenour
It was a privilege to know Gene and spend time with him at Bloomdale Community functions.

Our time with him at lunch at the town's anniversary lunch was especially meaningful to my wife, Valli, and I.

May you be comforted knowing he now knows fully and sees Jesus face to face.

In Christian love and brotherhood,

Jeff+



To : Family of Mr ME Acocks
Date :Thursday, September 17th 2020
From : Walter Lindsey
Larry,
Yourr Father was a great leader and educator, and brought so many excellent staff to Willard during tenure there. I personally thank him for bring in a Speech Pathologist, which changed my life. Also generously driving you and I to many basketball games with Mr Wartinen another very good man. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.



To : Family of Mr ME Acocks
Date :Thursday, September 17th 2020
From : Walter Lindsey
Larry,
Yourr Father was a great leader and educator, and brought so many excellent staff to Willard during tenure there. I personally thank him for bring in a Speech Pathologist, which changed my life. Also generously driving you and I to many basketball games with Mr Wartinen another very good man. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.



To : Family of Mr ME Acocks
Date :Thursday, September 17th 2020
From : Walter Lindsey
Larry,
Yourr Father was a great leader and educator, and brought so many excellent staff to Willard during tenure there. I personally thank him for bring in a Speech Pathologist, which changed my life. Also generously driving you and I to many basketball games with Mr Wartinen another very good man. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.



To : Family of Mr ME Acocks
Date :Thursday, September 17th 2020
From : Walter Lindsey
Larry,
Yourr Father was a great leader and educator, and brought so many excellent staff to Willard during tenure there. I personally thank him for bring in a Speech Pathologist, which changed my life. Also generously driving you and I to many basketball games with Mr Wartinen another very good man. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.



To : Family of Mr ME Acocks
Date :Thursday, September 17th 2020
From : Walter Lindsey
Larry,
Yourr Father was a great leader and educator, and brought so many excellent staff to Willard during tenure there. I personally thank him for bring in a Speech Pathologist, which changed my life. Also generously driving you and I to many basketball games with Mr Wartinen another very good man. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.



To : Family of Mr ME Acocks
Date :Thursday, September 17th 2020
From : Walter Lindsey
Larry,
Yourr Father was a great leader and educator, and brought so many excellent staff to Willard during tenure there. I personally thank him for bring in a Speech Pathologist, which changed my life. Also generously driving you and I to many basketball games with Mr Wartinen another very good man. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.



To : Family of Mr ME Acocks
Date :Saturday, September 19th 2020
From : Walter Lindsey
Larry,
Yourr Father was a great leader and educator, and brought so many excellent staff to Willard during tenure there. I personally thank him for bring in a Speech Pathologist, which changed my life. Also generously driving you and I to many basketball games with Mr Wartinen another very good man. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.



To : Family of Mr ME Acocks
Date :Saturday, September 19th 2020
From : Walter Lindsey
Larry,
Yourr Father was a great leader and educator, and brought so many excellent staff to Willard during tenure there. I personally thank him for bring in a Speech Pathologist, which changed my life. Also generously driving you and I to many basketball games with Mr Wartinen another very good man. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.



To : The Family of Gene Acocks
Date :Tuesday, September 29th 2020
From : Alvin Mireles
Gene was a good friend and a very generous man to so many.
I had the pleasure to golf with Gene for many years at Lakeland Golf Course.
Sending sympathy to the family.



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