William Eugene Lawler, formerly of Ridgway

William Eugene “Gene” Lawler, 94, passed away at home on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born at the family farm on Nov. 7, 1926, in Ridgway, Illinois, the son of Augustus and Teresa Drone Lawler.

Shortly after leaving school at 14, his father passed away and he was left to provide for his mother and seven sisters. He often hired out and out of necessity, rigged his own tractor with headlights so he could work later. He loved playing…

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