Chevalier, Eugene O.
Eugene O. Chevalier, Kaukauna, age 83, passed away on Monday June 17, 2013 after a long struggle with cancer. He was born in Marinette, WI on July 20, 1929, the second son of the late Adrian and Cecelia (Verhayen) Chevalier. Gene lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan until he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict, having seen combat duty in Korea. Gene also helped build the wire fence at the DMZ in Korea.
He married Alice Ann Furst on November 20, 1954 and then moved to the Fox River Valley, for a job at Appleton Coated Papers, where he worked for over 30 years.
Gene was an avid gardener and could hardly wait to get his hands in the dirt in the spring. Later, he made maple syrup from the trees he planted nearly 50 years ago. Gene attended town board meetings and for a while was a volunteer fireman for the Town of VandenBroek. For many years he was honored to be an usher at St. John Nepomucene in Little Chute. He was a great pinochle player.
Gene loved to fish and enjoyed telling good fish stories. He enjoyed listening to baseball and hockey games and attending many of his grandchildren's school activities.
In April, 2012, Gene was fortunate to travel to Washington, D.C. on the Old Glory Honor Flight with his daughter Lisa. That day meant a great deal to him. He was a member of the Jacob Coppus American Legion Post 258.
He worked hard for his family. He enjoyed being with his family. He loved his family.
Survivors include Alice, his wife of 58 years; children: Mary (Peter) Wallace, Nic (special friend Sandy), Cindy "Sid" (Perry) Killian, Suzanne (Tom) Deering, Jean (Randy Bitter) Chevalier, Jane (Corry Fenske) Chevalier, Nancy (Mark) George, Lisa (Al) Corey and Timothy (Nancy) Chevalier; grandchildren: Emily (Mark) Rademacher, Allison (special friend Chuck) Wallace, Luke Roberts, Leah (Troy) Dukowitz, Lisa (Dan) Peeters, Bobby (Laura) Deering, Ben (Becky) Deering, Megan Martzahl, Rachel (Derek) Sousek, Madeline Bitter, Tyler (special friend Miranda) Lee, Andrew (Amber) Lee, Travis (fiancée Nicole) George, Steven (special friend Julia) George, Daniel (Tressa) George, Michael (special friend Jackalyn) Bastian, Jacqueline (John) Herrick, Betsy (special friend Eliot) Corey, Elena, Eli, Elliot, Everet, Evanna and Elise Chevalier; and 14 great grandchildren. He is further survived by his brothers and sisters: Joyce (Richard) LaLuzerne, Robert (special friend Jean) Chevalier, Tom (Juan) Chevalier, John (Jeanne) Chevalier and Annette (Jerry) Hanson; sister-in-law Reva Chevalier; brother-in-law Eugene Furst; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Adrian; daughter-in-law Wendy; and sisters-in-law Joann Chevalier and Norma Furst.
Visitation will be held Friday June 21, 2013 at ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE CATHOLIC CHURCH (323 S. Pine St. Little Chute) beginning at 2:00 p.m. until time of Mass at 5:00 p.m. The Rev. Msgr. James Vanden Hogen will officiate. Military rites conducted by the Jacob Coppus American Legion Post 258 will immediately follow. Committal St. John Cemetery. To sign the guest book, please visit oconnellfh.com. If desired (and in lieu of flowers), it was Gene's request that memorials be given to the Old Glory Honor Flight or a
The Chevalier's would like to extend a special thank you to Msgr. Jim Vanden Hogen; the staff at Theda Care at Home Hospice, especially Amy, Ida, Melissa and Chaplain Jordan; and Kitty for the excellent care Gene received.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on June 19, 2013
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