Mr. Eugene Clinton Kitzmiller (1937 - 2017)

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INDIAN LAND – Mr. Eugene Clinton Kitzmiller, 80, passed away Saturday morning, Aug. 26, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Gene, a resident of Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, S.C., was born and raised in Polo, Ill., on his family's farm.
He is predeceased by his parents, Henry and Wilda Kitzmiller; his brother, Wayne Kitzmiller; and his sister, JoAnn Kitzmiller.
Gene is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rosemarie Kitzmiller (nee Luckey). Rosemarie was the love of Gene's life, and he professed his love to her daily. Gene is also survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Lisa Kitzmiller of San Antonio, Texas; and Roger and Karen Kitzmiller of Marvin, N.C.; and his niece, Christine Martinz of Spokane, Wash; his four granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren. He was fortunate to have been able to watch his granddaughters McKenzie and Anja grow from babies into beautiful and confident young women.
Gene loved life; he loved laughter, music, science and history. Above all, he loved his family. A U.S. Navy veteran, Gene served our country by spending much of the Cold War as an electronics engineer in Europe, and he concluded his professional life having created a successful consulting business in Germany. His favorite times were dinners and gatherings with friends and family. Never asking the world for anything, he adapted happily to life, even when his sight failed him due to years of glaucoma.
Whether it was through his service in the military, his love for family and country, or his relationship with friends, Gene always gave more than he took. He never felt the world owed him. In his subtle, passive way, he instead made the world a better place for everyone he touched.
A memorial to celebrate Gene's life will be held Thursday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 16151 Lancaster Highway; Charlotte, NC 28277.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to , The Glaucoma Foundation or the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
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Published in Carolina Gateway on Aug. 30, 2017
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