Rev. Dr. L. Eugene Ton
October 23, 1930 – December 16, 2019
On Monday, December 16, 2019, the Reverend Doctor L. Eugene (“Gene”) Ton, passed away in Indianapolis, Indiana at the age of 89.
Gene was born on October 23, 1930 in Lead, South Dakota to Lawrence and Sara (Hickey) Ton. He graduated from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1956. He received his Master of Sacred Theology from Christian Theological Seminary in 1969, and honorary Doctor of Divinity from Franklin College in 1983 and his Doctor of Ministry from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis in 1988. On November 8, 1951 he married Mary Ellen (Williams) Ton. Together they raised four children.
Gene served the American Baptist Churches during his ministry of four decades. He was pastor of the Parr Baptist Church in Parr, Indiana, associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lafayette, Indiana, and senior minister for First Baptist Church of Lebanon, Indiana, and First Baptist Church in Evansville, Indiana. In 1977, he became the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Indianapolis and in 1986 he became the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Indiana.
Gene, through his ministry and life’s work, was known as a compassionate counselor, a motivational and relatable preacher, and a servant leader. He and Mary Ellen performed missionary work in Central America, and Gene spent time with the Baptist Churches in Russia. Together they volunteered for many years at the Green Lake Conference Center (ne the American Baptist Assembly) in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Gene loved sports of all kinds, but golf most especially. He was known for his sense of humor, his listening ear, and pastoral presence, even until his final days. He adored spending time with his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.
Gene was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence, his mother, Sara, his brother James, his sister, Jeanette, and his wife, Mary Ellen. He is survived by his children, Mitchell, Jill Stollenwerk (Gerald), Jeffrey (Carmen S.), and Joel (Carmen D.) ; his five grandchildren, Jeremy, Jeff, Brad (Holly), Ross (Alicia) and Kyle, and his six great-grandchildren, Donny, Charity, Ben, Braxton, Jordan, and Maddie. A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at First Baptist Church, 8600 N. College, Indianapolis, Indiana. Visitation will begin at 9 AM, and the Service at 11 AM. Donations to First Baptist Church Indianapolis’ Abundance Initiative would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
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