Dave Innis, keyboardist and guitarist for the band Restless Heart, is sadly mourning the death of his father, Eugene Innis, who passed away Oct. 19 in Nashville, Tenn. after a brief illness.

"My dad was more than a father to me, he was my role model," says Dave Innis in a press release. "Generous and thoughtful, he lived his life honorably and ran his race with integrity from start to finish. I will miss him. He was my best friend."

The Innis family says Eugene was charming and had a dry wit, a keen sense of style and a sharp mind. Born in 1927 in Meade, Kansas, he loved the symphony, the arts, theatre, and travel, in addition to his family, friends and church community. He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, including Innis and his wife Adrienne, who live in Franklin, Tenn., Steve and Nancy Innis, who live in Colorado, as well as his grandchildren, Isom, Isabella and Isaiah. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, to whom he was married for 61 years.

Though Restless Heart disbanded in 1994, Dave Innis got a phone call from bandmate Paul Gregg to get the band back together in 2002, which resulted in the release of a new record with the band's original lineup Still Restless in 2004. They released a live album in 2007 and went on a 30-year anniversary tour in 2013. Taste of Country named their hit “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” one of the band’s six No. 1s, as one of the Top 100 country love songs of all time.

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