Gene Allen Broertjes, 53, of Hammond, Indiana, left this world to journey home on March 9, 2018. Gene was born September 11, 1964 in Harvey, IL. Gene was a beloved son, brother, and uncle and will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him. Gene loved to spend his time fishing, gardening, caring for his animals, and riding his Harley. He was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders and often donated his time in support of many great causes including Toys for Tots, Locks of Love, and others. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, George and Teresa M. Diepen, and his father Ronald Broertjes. Gene is survived by his mother and stepfather Donna and Michael Verba of Mena, AR, sister Kandy Page and husband Darrell of Mena, AR, Melinda Raney and husband Aaron of Mena, AR, sister Michelle Verba of Mena, AR, sister Katherine Larkin and husband Shane of Applegate, CA, nieces Krysten and Morgan Fagan, nephews Bradley and Tyler Verba, Nathan Raney, and Mason Larkin. A family memorial service will be held at a later date.