Gene Olin Dufner

April 27, 1955May 22, 2014

Gene O. Dufner, 59, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Hospice.

He was born April 27, 1955 in Springfield, the son of the late William “Bill” R. and Elnore J. (West) Dufner.

Mr. Dufner lived in Springfield his entire life. He attended Springfield schools and graduated from Lanphier High School. He attended Springfield College in Illinois for 2 years and graduated with an Associate’s Degree. He also attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science.

Mr. Dufner was employed by the Illinois Department of Human Services for 31 years and retired in 2009.

He is survived by his brother David W. Dufner of Newnan, GA, as well as a niece Liedav A. Dufner of Springfield, a nephew David A. Dufner of Newnan, GA, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield. No services are scheduled.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Please visit the online obituary at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


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Ron Michel

May 30, 2014

Worked with Gene for many years at Public Aid (0r as it is Called now DHS and HFS) He was great to work with, full of knowledge, and a nice guy. My sympathy to Gene's family.

Sandra Wemple-White

May 29, 2014

I worked with Gene on projects, and he made the job easier. I remember talking to Gene about his trips to Albuquerque's hot air balloon festival. He made it sound so wonderful to see all those beautiful & colorful balloons. I want to wish the best to Gene's family at this difficult time.

Diane Manning-Seelbach

May 28, 2014

Gene (Geno) as we called you, used to sit on the back of a car and play his guitar and sing for us in the early 70's for my sister and I. We lived across the street from he & his parents. He was so gentle and so nice and we laughed and sang songs together. Sorry I never got to see him again after we moved. God got one of his many angels back and thank you God my Father for sharing Gene with all of us. And Gene, thanks for touching so many lives while you were here. RIP

Bob Munos

May 28, 2014

Gene & I worked together for years, I didn't realize we were the same age. Gene was always very good at explaining how the system worked. Gene was a good golfer, we golfed when I was just learning to play the game & he taught me a lot. We also bowled a lot together in leagues & tournaments. Gene was a good at whatever he did. I'll miss him.

Kerry Foster McKenzie

May 28, 2014

Classmate of Gene's. So sorry to hear of his passing. "The longest road out is the shortest road home". Now you are home. God keep you within arms distance.

Anita Corey

May 27, 2014

I knew Gene from working with him at HFS (formerly Public Aid). He was a good man and consumate professional. Very knowledgable. My sincerest sympathy to Gene's family.

Sally Jo (Crotchett) Dierker

May 26, 2014

I have fond memories of Gene from our years at Fairview. I kissed him in the lunch room while in the 2nd grade, and our folks got a kick out of discussing it upon meeting each other at the next school function. We went from kindergarten through Lanphier together. I always found Gene to be a likable young man with a good sense of humor and an encouraging word. I'm very sorry to learn of your loss, and want you to know I'll never forget your brother.


May 26, 2014

Our deepest sympathy, Dave. So sorry to hear about your brother. Larry and Carol---

Marlene Moore

May 26, 2014

To the Dufner family: I'm so sorry to hear about Gene's passing, you have my deepest condolences. I worked with Gene for many years at Public Aid. He had a code when he wanted me to run a particular program - 8300-5 zeros. He was an excellent worker and a very special friend. I will truly miss him.

Jan Freeman

May 26, 2014

I worked with Gene for many years in the Department of Human Services. He was an extremely hard worker and an authority on the inner workings of the systems. As such, he had the respect of everyone at DHS. If Gene was involved in a project, it would be done right. My sympathies to his family and to the rest of his DHS family.