Lt. Eugene “Gene” Lasco, 1963-2021


Lt. Eugene Lee “Gene” Lasco was killed in the line of duty at The Indiana State Prison in Michigan City on Feb. 21, 2021, at the age of 57.

He was born July 6, 1963, in Decatur, Ill., to Paul and Hester Lasco (nee Riley).

Lt. Lasco graduated from Heritage Christian Academy in New Buffalo, Mich., in 1981 and from Nashville Auto-Diesel College in 1983. He began his career with the Indiana State Prison in 2009. During his career, Lt. Lasco was a locksmith and was a former member of the emergency squad. He served on the Technical Response Team for Safety Hazmat and received multiple accolades for his service to the DOC.

Lt. Lasco was an accomplished marksman and an avid hunter. He was a gregarious individual who loved music, and was an active supporter of the Special Olympics, taking the Polar Plunge to raise money and awareness.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia (nee Howard); two children: Eugene Lee Lasco, II, of Michigan City and Cassandra Bell of Portland, Maine; three step-children, Robert Chambers (Krystal), Joel Chambers and Rebecca Chambers; 9 grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Lasco of Dayton, Tex., and Mitchell Lasco of Reno, Nev.; step-brothers, Wallace K. Walker of Ecuador, Mikell Walker of Lafayette, Ind., and Patrick Walker of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and step-sisters: Patricia McEwan of Arkansas and Diana (George) Saba of The Virgin Islands.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Kenneth Walker; one brother, Kevin Lasco; one daughter, Aimee Lasco; step-brothers, Kenneth A. and John Walker; and step-sister, Sarah Kay Cotrel.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, and the funeral, with full honors, will be Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m., both at the Orak Shrine, 3848 N. Frontage Rd., Michigan City. A short ceremony to remove his body and transport to Graceland Cemetery in Decatur, Ill., will start around 8 a.m. Monday, March 1. Then a full, uninterrupted police escort will travel to the burial location, at which time there will be a small ceremony and flag presentation. Root Funeral Home, Michigan City, is handling arrangements.

All are welcome to attend the visitation and funeral and celebrate Lt. Lasco’s life. The family would like to thank his fellow officers at the Indiana Department of Correction for their support and dedication, as well as the FOP and all the agencies that have assisted in honoring our Beloved Gene.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family through the Indiana Fraternal Oder of Police Foundation, 1427 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46201. Please include in the memo line, FOB Lt. Eugene Lasco.

Messages of condolence may be posted below.

10 Responses to “Lt. Eugene “Gene” Lasco, 1963-2021”

  1. Jenny

    Feb 26. 2021

    Hugs and prayers to your whole family. Will be thinking of you through this all. God Speed my brother in Blue!

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  2. Rob and barb

    Feb 26. 2021

    Cindy and family our hearts go out to you !gene was a true hero !we are so glad to have spent time with you and your family .we will forever cherish the memories .you are special people. you are in our prayers and close to our hearts Rip gene our friend and our hero

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  3. Kelly Larsin

    Feb 26. 2021

    My deepest condolences.

    Kelly Larsin
    Corrections Officer II
    Lino Lakes Correctional Facility
    Minnesota Department of Corrections

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  4. Peter Clemens

    Feb 26. 2021

    Our condolences. Thank you for your service.

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  5. Andy & Jackie Vigil

    Feb 27. 2021

    Cindy and family we are so sorry for your lose. Geno was an awesome person and a GREAT friend. We are gonna miss him badly. Unfortunately we are no longer in Indiana. We want to reach out to you and send our condolences. Otis will miss this GREAT MAN.We remember the 1 hayride at Halloween.

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  6. Jeff Gregory

    Feb 28. 2021

    I knew Gene and his brother Mitch from years ago at Heritage Christian Academy. He was a funny, nice guy, and I am sickened by the unnecessary loss. Prayers to your family, old friend!

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  7. Joe Townsend

    Mar 02. 2021

    My condolences to your family! Gene and I participated multiple trainings together over the years. He was a great guy. The IDOC sure lost one of the good ones! Prayers for you all!

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  8. Andrea Buckman

    Mar 16. 2021

    Such a terribly sad thing. My 🙏 prayers are with all his family. Prayers for mercy, comfort and a peace that passes all understanding I’m so sorry for your whole family.

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  9. lillyann

    Apr 06. 2021

    hey its me Lillyann Chambers, your granddaughter i miss you so much you were a wonderful grandpa, i have so many memories with you, hunting deer. eating outside. having a picnic. camping out in the back yard with my dad and Cassie and Clair and all of us it was fun now your not here 🙁 but i have to keep my head high because i know our watching over me :))))

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