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6265 North 82nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ
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Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
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Scottsdale, AZ
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Eugene "Gene" Pusey


1928 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Pusey, Eugene "Gene"
87, of Scottsdale passed away on November 25, 2016. Our beloved Eugene "Gene" Harvey Pusey, born December 31, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah, passed peacefully through the veil surrounded by his family on Friday, November 25, 2016, in Phoenix, after a year of declining health. Gene is the son of Harvey Sidney and Evelyn Mackie Pusey, beloved husband of Shirley Budd Pusey, devoted and loving Dad to Shawna and Paula and loyal friend to many. Gene grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from East High School in 1946. After his mother died when he was 7 years old, he was raised by his mother's sister, Janet, and her husband Bill Kirton, and spent
summers with his father. We can only imagine the wonderful reunion he is having with his mother! He served honorably in the US Army at the end of World War II in Japan, and returned there to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1950 to 1953. After attending Utah State University, Gene married his sweetheart, Shirley Muriel Budd, in Salt Lake on April 20, 1956. They recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. Gene enjoyed a wonderful career in engineering, eventually owning his own contract engineering firm, ARC Technical Services, with offices in Salt Lake, Phoenix, Denver and Albuquerque. In 1966, Gene decided to move his family to Scottsdale after a six month work assignment there. Scottsdale became "Paradise" to him and he never looked back. Gene always had a camera handy - he has taken over a million pictures and made dozens of videos during his lifetime, capturing priceless memories which are now more valuable than ever. He made sure his camera went with him when he left home for the last time the day before he passed. After retirement, writing his life history became a priority - he inspired and helped many others to do the same. He loved cars, especially his convertibles, and enjoyed sailing in Arizona and San Diego on a variety of vessels he owned over the years. Eating a nightly bowl of chocolate ice cream and playing cards with family and friends were things he loved to do. He, Shirley and the girls traveled to many places in the world; he especially loved visiting places where his ancestors had lived. His extensive collection of antique guns was showcased in every home he lived in. Gene and Shirley made lifelong friends both in a charades group that got together monthly for decades, and while he was involved in the Scottsdale Community Theater, acting in two plays there and then serving as President of the theater group. A favorite tradition was sharing a bowl of clam chowder with a special friend each Friday. Gene was so proud of his family. His prayers were full of gratitude for them and all his blessings. He was the luckiest guy he knew and will be sorely missed by those who were lucky enough to know him. He was preceded in death by his parents and the Kirtons, as well as many dear friends, including JP and Jesser, his beloved cockatiels. He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; daughters Shawna (Vaun) Andrus and Paula (Warren) Lloyd; grandchildren Johnathan (Tiffani) Lloyd, Jessica (Spencer) Hale, Erin (Brandon) Hadfield, Parker (Nichole) Andrus and Greg Lloyd, and 11 great grandchildren, with number 12 coming in February. Special thanks to Paula for her loving care of Dad over the past year, to grandson Greg for his tender care of Dad during the last days of this life and to Jack McNeal for his never-ending watch care and enduring friendship. Gene was very grateful to each of the health professionals, especially Diane, who tended to his needs during this time and in a final act of selflessness, he donated his body to the University of Arizona medical school for research. Memorial services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6265 North 82nd Street, Scottsdale, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016. A visitation prior to the service will be held at the church from 9:45 until 10:45 a.m. Condolences and memories may be sent to ehpusey@gmail.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 29, 2016
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