Passed away on December 18, 2019. Gene was born on January 25, 1925, in Marion, Ohio, the son of Russell and Leala Orwig. Gene was a chief chassis engineer at the Checker Motors Company for 47.5 years, and was a long time member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Gene was an industrious and meticulous homeowner who enjoyed landscaping/gardening and decorating for the holidays. Another of Gene's passions was deer hunting which took him to the Watersmeet and Big Bay De Noc areas in the upper peninsula for many years. In 1948, Gene married his life long love, Marian Adams, who survives. Also surviving are their two children, Randy (Brenda) Orwig and Ruth Orwig, grandchildren Ryan, Lauren and Deanne Orwig, and brother-in-law, John Adams (of Stevensville). Gene was preceded in death by his brother Charles "Bud" Orwig. Gene enjoyed the simple things in life such as homemade popcorn, macaroni and cheese, most any dessert, and a good book. A memorial service will be held at one of his favorite spots to eat, Bucky's Restaurant on December 28 at 2:30 PM, with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Southwest Michigan Hospice or the Senior Services Volunteers 4 Seniors. Additionally, the family would like to thank the wonderful staff at The Springs at The Fountains at Bronson Place for their exceptional care of Gene.