Gene R. Safir

Age 72, of East Lansing, MI, passed away October 15, 2016. He was born January 7, 1944, in Bronx, NY, to Abram and June Safir.

Gene received his bachelor’s degree from Bates College, and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He was a professor at Michigan State University in the College of Natural Science, Botany and Plant Pathology Department. He retired in 2009.

Gene was an avid family man. He loved his pets, drinking wine, and reading.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen O’Keefe-Safir; children, Joel, Gary, and Rory Safir; granddaughter, Alexis Safir; uncle, Sepp Safir; and his cousins.

His family would like to thank Diane Fuhr with Great Lakes Caring Hospice, along with Cindy Serrels-Ryan, Kim Ward and Satira Miles for their care and support over the last few years, as well as George Tiedgen with Seniors Helping Seniors.

Per Gene’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brain Support Network, P.O. Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA  94026.

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Ellyn Otterson
October 18, 2016 at 5:14 pm

I am sending condolences and hugs from Rory (MY Rory), Teddy, Casper and Linus and then, your old Auntie, Colleen. Gene seems to have a good life and for that, up until the past few years, not quite as good. I know you did everything you could to make his last days on this earth as pleasurable for him as possible. Lots of love, Aunt Ellyn and the “Gang” and my Rory!


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