WONDER LAKE – Eugene Earl Maris, 77, of Wonder Lake, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Bridgeway of Bensenville.
He was born Jan. 26, 1936, in Heyworth, to George and Sarah Gladys (Monroe) Maris. On July 4, 1959, he married Donna Bryant at Venice Baptist Church in Venice.
Gene was a longtime faithful member of Crystal Lake Christian Church. He served as both treasurer and elder for many decades. He taught for over thirty years in McHenry School District 15 at McHenry Junior High and Parkland School. For many of those years, he taught industrial arts, then later taught junior high math and science.
Gene's favorite hobbies were woodworking and traveling, and he was very proud to have visited all 50 states. He always enjoyed and was faithful to attend his grandchildren's activities. He was best known as an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; his children, Debra (Dan) Sewell of New Lenox, Douglas (Michelle) Maris of Atlanta, Ill., and Susan Maris of Hoffman Estates; five grandchildren, Ashley and Ryan Sewell and Michaela, Dylan and Mariah Maris; a brother, Ron (Joan) Maris of West Lafayette, Ind.; and a sister, Marilyn Maris of Rochelle.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, David Maris.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, and will continue Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. until the noon service at Crystal Lake Christian Church, 8015 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake. Interment will be in Crystal Lake Memorial Park.
If desired, memorials may be made to the church. For information, call 815-385-0063.