He was born Nov. 27, 1937, in Elyria, to George F. and Mabel (Strele) Gens. He was a 1955 graduate of Monroeville High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1958 until 1960. He attended a college in Cleveland for physician’s assistant, and retired after 28 years as a Physician’s Assistant for the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, N. Y.
John returned to Norwalk in 2002 and was a member of the Norwalk Eagles Aerie 711. He enjoyed wood carving, bird watching, walking in the outdoors and especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter and family.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Deanna S. (Scott) Gens of Norwalk; son, John S. (Suzanne) Gens of Martinsville, Ind.; granddaughter, Megan Gens; and brother, George F. Gens Jr. of Norwalk.
John was preceded in death by his sisters, Joyce and Mary Ellen.
A Celebration of his life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk, with military honors. Interment will follow at Steuben Cemetery in Greenfield Township.