Eugene "Gene" Kiley, 77, of Middletown, beloved husband of Elsie (Stolba) Kiley, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Middlesex Hospital.
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He was born in New London to his loving parents John and Nora (Burke) Kiley. In 1934 the family moved to Middletown. Gene graduated from Middletown High School, class of 1953. He volunteered for the draft during the Korean War. He spent 16 months in Korea as a field artillery gunner in the U.S. Army. When he returned home, he began what became his 38-year career at Pratt & Whitney. Starting as a machinist, he worked his way up to lead man, foreman, general foreman, superintendent and then manager of manufacturing operations at the North Haven plant. Gene was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church. His home and family were most important to him.
Besides his wife of 51 years, Gene is survived by his son, John and his wife Kathy of Middletown; his daughter, Kathleen Hughes and her husband Scott of East Haddam; three brothers, Robert Kiley of Florida and his wife Thelma, David Kiley and his wife Ruthann of Cromwell, Jack Kiley and his wife Judy of N.C..; two adored grand-daughters Rachel and Sarah Hughes; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Shawn Kiley.
Gene's family would like to send a special thank you to Hospice Home Care, Lisa and Dawn, Cancer Center, Dr. Hong and all of his caring friends and neighbors, also Fr. George of St. Francis for all his compassion.
Gene endured 14 years with prostate and bone cancer. He fought a valiant fight with all his strength and determination but looked forward in anticipation and faith to what has been promised to all of us. His strength was an inspiration. Gene got his wish to be able to spend his final days at home up to 10 hours before he slipped quietly and peacefully from this world.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Burial with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown, on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to St. Francis Church, 10 Elm St., Middletown, CT 06457 or Weiss Hospice Unit, c/o Dept. of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457.
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Published in The Middletown Press on Oct. 14, 2011