Dec. 8, 1922 — Jan. 3, 2014
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Eugene was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Chicago, Ill., to Polish and Greek immigrants. He made stops along the way in El Monte, Baldwin Park, West Covina, San Diego, Reno, Fair Oaks and Kelsey, Calif. He was surrounded by family, at home, when he passed peacefully Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. He graduated from El Monte High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Whittier College.
Eugene served in the 15th Division of the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946. He was a 33rd-degree Mason of the Hiram Lodge No. 25 and a Shriner of the Al Malikah and Ben Ali Shrine Clubs. He was the founder of Kit Construction Co, Inc., a homebuilding company started in 1951, building in his lifetime throughout the state of California. He was a continuous member of the California State Building Industry Association. He was an active member of the Georgetown Divide Rotary Club.
Eugene is survived by his wife of 45 years, Hannelore; their children, Eugene Jr. (Stefanie), Lyn Hall (Jim), Chris Skelly (Patrick), Tim Riggs (Shari), Kathi Stone (Gary), Debby Riggs-Younger (Court), Mervin (Mary) and Michael (Cindy); 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A viewing was held Tuesday, Jan. 7. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 10:30 a.m., at Green Valley Mortuary, 3004 Alexandrite Road in Rescue, Calif. Donations in his memory may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA. 95817.