Gene Tormohlen, 81, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Gene Tormohlen, 81, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, died Thursday, December 27, at The Reserve at Spring Hill in Spring Hill, Tennessee. He was born in Holland May 12, 1937, to Albert and Louise (Weitkamp) Tormohlen. He married Julie Stafford of Leonardville, Kansas, April 26, 1964.

Gene was a 1955 graduate of Holland High school where he was a three year starter and standout center for the Holland Dutchmen basketball team. He earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Tennessee where he was a three year starter, earned All-America honors his senior year, and still holds all rebounding records. He was drafted in 1959 and had a 10 year professional playing career, the last six years with the National Basketball Association St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks. Following his playing career he became an assistant coach in the NBA for eight years before spending the rest of his career scouting for the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired in 2011. In 1987 he was inducted into the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2009 was voted as one of the top 20 players in the 100 year history of Tennessee basketball.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Julie Tormohlen; one daughter, Gina, Eugene, Oregon; one son, Tommy Tormohlen and wife Shonda; two grandsons, T.J. and Gunnar, Williamsport, Tennessee;  three sisters, Annette Kahle, Findlay, Ohio, Phyllis Luker, Huntingburg, and Darlene Smith and husband Dave, Holland; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Wenzel, and three brothers-in-law, Bruce Kahle, Paul Luker, and Al Wenzel.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Campus Church of Christ, 1525 Indiana Trail Lilburn Road, Norcross, Georgia, and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Holland United Methodist Church, 205 Second Avenue, in Holland. Visitation with the family will take place one hour prior to and following each service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Gene’s memory to “Catch-A-Dream Foundation” – For Youth with Precious Little Time to Lose at www.catchadream.org/tributes/memorial/. Cards can be mailed to the Tormohlen Family, 4594 Turkey Creek Road, Williamsport, TN 38487.

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