Eugene L. Bilich, age 80

A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday, 
March 3 from 1 p.m.  to 3 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home, W63 N527 
Hanover Ave., Cedarburg for Eugene Louis Bilich, who died on Feb. 24, 
2012. Gene was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Dec. 14, 1931 to Louis and 
Florence (McGinnis) Bilich. A music lover since childhood, he sang in 
his high school chorus and musical productions. After serving four 
years in the U.S. Air Force, he attended Case Western Reserve 
University, where he sang with the men's Glee Club while earning a 
degree in electrical engineering. His engineering jobs took him to 
Fort Wayne, Ind. (Magnavox); Minneapolis (Honeywell); and Milwaukee 
(Louis Allis), but everywhere he lived, he sang in musicals, choirs 
and operettas. He performed in many of Milwaukee's Skylight Opera 
Companyís productions in the 1970s and 80s. He also was a lifelong 
hiker and bicyclist, and passionate about environmental preservation. 
He hosted many family reunions and took the family on vacations to 
Europe and the western U.S.

In 1982, Gene and his son, David, founded DyneSystems Co., based on a 
digital electronic dynamometer controller that they developed 
together, serving customers in Milwaukee and worldwide. He retired in 
2000 and the company was taken over by his daughter and her husband. 
Now known as Dyne Systems, Inc., the company has left the family, but 
is still located in Jackson.

In retirement, Gene moved to a small farm near Cedarburg where he 
cultivated fruit trees, vegetables and flowers. He founded and 
directed the Cedarburg Senior Chorus for several years, and also 
directed the Port Washington Senior Chorus for a time. He continued 
to sing to whoever would listen, even into the last months of his 
life at Lasata Care Center. Not limiting himself to only vocal music, 
he enjoyed listening to his sons playing guitar and mandolin, and 
attended every concert of the various groups in which his daughter 
directs or plays clarinet. But his greatest joy was attending choral 
concerts, especially of Wisconsin Lutheran College and the Milwaukee 
Childrenís Choir.

Gene and his rich baritone voice will be greatly missed. He is 
survived by his sisters Lucille (George) Zivkovich of Willoughby, 
Ohio, Joan Bilich of Exeter, N.H. and Lynne Glaeske (Rene Knetsch) of 
Denver, Colo.; his three children, Diana (Jerry) Jonen of Slinger.; 
Daniel (Denise) of Alsea, Ore.; and David (Lisa) of Coeur d'Alene, 
Idaho; and two granddaughters Rachael (Steven) Jonen-Persons and 
Rebecca (Thomas) Varebrook of Milwaukee; and special friend and 
companion Julie Bliss of Cedarburg.  He is preceded in death by his 
parents and his sister Ruth Owens of Willoughby, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any donations to be 
made payable to Milwaukee Childrenís Choir. For online condolences 
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