Eugene Mark Rehfield (1952 - 2016)

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Eugene Mark Rehfield was a kind and intelligent man, public servant, and loving father. Born on December 30th 1952 in Trenton, NJ, he grew up in Levittown, PA with his parents, June and Lawrence Rehfield, and two sisters, Patricia and Amy. He enjoyed an adventurous childhood, even living in Puerto Rico for one year after moving for his father's work as a Civil Engineer for Levitt and Sons.

Gene attended Earlham College in Indiana, and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. achieving a Master's degree in Environmental Civil Engineering. He first moved to Sitka, Alaska in 1978, to pursue adventure and a career in engineering, which led to a move to Juneau; where he met his wife and partner of 22 years Leslie Vianne (nee Lauber). They had four children (Jessica, Hilary, Kaleb, and Isaac), which brought the initials of the family straight through from G to L. Their family lived in Juneau, with a brief stint in Ketchikan, and were an active part of the Juneau community.

Gene was a devoted public servant, working as a Civil Engineer for over 25 years at the State of Alaska Department of Transportation, CBJ Water Utilities, and the BIA. He was a loyal husband, and loving father who brought a feeling of magic and whimsy to his parenting. Gene was a gentle and patient Dad, and raised his children in Jewish tradition. He was a supportive parent who always encouraged his children to pursue academic achievement, and was there to lend a helping hand through crisis or tough times.
Gene loved living in Alaska and said it was his dream to experience the beauty of nature away from the suburban environment where he grew up. He loved photography and exploring, camping and fishing, cross-country skiing, hiking and boating, bicycling, NHRA racing, and was a lover classic rock music; all of these interests he shared with his children.

Gene was also an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and for some time held the seat as President of the Alaska Civil Engineering society. He helped secure the designation of the White Pass Railroad as a historical monument. For his part in achieving this honor, Gene was asked to deliver the speech dedicating the monument in Skagway, Alaska. Gene was also an active member of the Juneau Jewish Community for many years, and a Den leader with Boy Scouts of America. His favorite ways to relax were with a coffee and croissant, watching a Jackie Chan or Mel Brooks movie with his children, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is missed immensely and will be remembered with terrific love and admiration.

After combatting serious illness for several years, Gene passed away on the morning of December 29th, 2016.

He is survived by his sister Patricia, his four children and their spouses; Jessica Rehfield, Hilary Rehfield-Green (Ryan), Kaleb Rehfield (Kacey), Isaac Rehfield (Erin), and his grandchildren; Braeden, Natalie, Eugene, Amelia, and Sophie.

A memorial service is being planned for July of 2017, please e-mail [email protected] for details. The family kindly asks that messages of condolences be sent to Hilary Rehfield-Green 1021 Arctic Circle, Juneau AK 99801. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation in honor of Gene Rehfield to The Boy Scouts of America.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 7 to May 6, 2017