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WISENBAKER, EUGENE M. Capt. Eugene M. Wisenbaker, (USN, Ret.) passed away at home November 16, 2012 at the age of 86, with his family by his side. He was born November 1, 1926 to James Leon Wisenbaker and Katharine Louise Morgan Wisenbaker in Baltimore, MD. Gene was a 1944 graduate of Washington Lee High School, Arlington, VA. He served in the Army for two years prior to accepting an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1950. In 1951, Gene earned his Aviator's Wings in Pensacola, FL, and went on to earn postgraduate Aeronautical Engineering degrees from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and the California Institute of Technology. During his distinguished military career of over 30 years, Gene earned the following medals: the Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army of Occupation of Europe medal, Naval Aviator Insignia, and Command Ashore Insignia. Highlights in his career include serving as the Commanding Officer of Naval Air Systems Command, and the Naval Air Rework Facility in Quonset Point, RI, and piloting the only Jet-Powered SP5B (Martin) Patrol Aircraft. Above all, Gene loved his family. He encouraged them all to participate with him in his favorite pastimes of sailing, skiing, hiking, and traveling. Gene is survived by his beloved wife of over 61 years, Mrs. Helen A. Wisenbaker, his four children, James Wisenbaker (Judy), Katharine Wisenbaker, Laura Mahaney (Mike), Martha Wisenbaker (Jeff), his dearly loved grandchildren, Jimmy Wisenbaker, John Wisenbaker, Conor Mahaney, Aoife Mahaney, Niall Mahaney, William Flournoy, Jennifer Flournoy, and Katharine Flournoy. His much-loved niece Marie Wisenbaker Ardnt and cousins and their families also survive him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, the Wounded Warrior Project, or a . His family will greatly miss his love, wit, and the honorable life he lived. Services are planned for Monday, November 26, 2012. Arrangements will be made by California Cremation and Burial Chapel (619) 229-2747 with burial at the Miramar Military Cemetery.

Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 24, 2012
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