Delmar ‘Gene’ Justice


COLUMBIANA — Delmar “Gene” Justice, 86, of Columbiana passed away Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at his home.

He was born at home Aug. 14, 1937, in Columbiana, a son of the late Robert Justice and the late Kathryn Walker Wiselogle.

Gene, also known by friends and family as “Chugger,” was a graduate of Columbiana High School and was a lifetime member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church. He worked as a tinner for Nick’s Tin Shop for nearly 40 years and was an avid Cleveland Brown and Ohio State fan. Gene was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and will be deeply missed.

His wife and high school sweetheart, Catherine Nelson Justice, whom he married in October of 1958, preceded him in death July 17, 2020.

Gene is survived by his two daughters, Barbara J. (Ronald) Dattilio of Salem and Susan M. Treep of Leetonia; two grandsons, Lucas (Melanie) Dattilio of Uniontown and Jacob Dattilio of Salem; a great-granddaughter, Mallie Jean Dattilio; and a sister, Judy Zimmerman of Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Justice.

The family will be conducting a memorial service Monday, Nov. 27, 2023, at noon at the Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Columbiana, with Chaplain David Kahnt officiating.

Memorial donations may be made in Gene’s memory to: Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Columbiana.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana.

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