Eugene J. ‘Gene’ Herbst

Sept. 2, 1929 - Aug. 15, 2011

Eugene J. "Gene" Herbst was born to eternal life Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at the age of 81, from lung disease.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Anna Herbst; daughter Debra Lynn, and brothers, Clarence and Alexander Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie B. (nee Heeren); daughters, Jan Marie (Harry) Farber of Pewaukee and Marlys Ann Herbst (Patrick Lambo) of Waukesha; son, Scott (Sheila) Herbst of Wales; sister, Lois Ann (the late Kenneth) Splitt of Waukesha; several cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He graduated from Waukesha High School in the class of ‘48. He and Marjorie were married on July 28, 1951. Having been drafted earlier that year, he served in Korea, and was honorably discharged from the Army in December 1952. After working odd jobs, he was employed as a sign installer and painter at ABC Outdoor Advertising (now Clear Channel). He advanced under Don Koepp from the digging of post holes in frozen ground to vice president and manager of overall operations over a 39-year period. He retired in September 1993. While he enjoyed his work, he also enjoyed golf, motorcycling, bowling, sewing, and working on classic cars. In an effort to make the long winters go faster he became active in snowmobiling and downhill skiing as a family activity. He claimed to be reasonably proficient at all these endeavors with perhaps the exception of golf. While he didn’t hold up other golfers, he did swing at the ball a lot; it took his whole life to get just one "hole in one." He was also a member of the First National Bank of Waukesha Bowling Team (tells you how long ago that was), which won the city of Waukesha annual tournament in 1978.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial on Thursday, Aug. 18, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Private burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County and St. Williams Catholic Church would be appreciated. The family would like to thank the staff at the V.A. and Vitas Hospice and also their wonderful neighbors and friends.

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