THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Eugene O. Chevalier
Eugene O. Chevalier, 83, of Kaukauna passed away on Monday, June 17 after a long struggle with cancer.
Born in Marinette on July 20, 1929, the second son of the late Adrian and Cecelia (Verhayen) Chevalier, he lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan until he enlisted in the United States Army.
He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, with combat duty in Korea and also helped build the wire fence at the DMZ in Korea. He married Alice Ann Furst on Nov. 20, 1954 and then moved to the Fox River Valley for a job at Appleton Coated Papers, where he worked for over 30 years. An avid gardener, he could hardly wait to get his hands in the dirt in the spring. Later he made maple syrup from trees he planted nearly 50 years ago. He attended town board meetings and for a while was a volunteer fireman for the Town of VandenBroek. For many years he served as an usher at St. John Nepomucene in Little Chute.
He was a great pinochle player, loved to fish and enjoyed telling good fish stories. He enjoyed listening to baseball and hockey games and attending many of his grandchildren's school activities.
In April, 2012, he was fortunate to travel to Washington, D.C. on the Old Glory Honor Flight with his daughter, Lisa. That day meant a great deal to him. He was a member of the Jacob Coppus American Legion Post 258.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Alice; children, Mary (Peter) Wallace, Nic (special friend Sandy), Cindy Sid (Perry) Killian, Suzanne (Tom) Deering, Jean (Randy Bitter) Chevalier, Jane (Corry Fenske) Chevalier, Nancy (Mark) George, Lisa (Al) Corey and Timothy (Nancy) Chevalier; 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his brothers and sisters, Joyce (Richard) LaLuzerne, Robert (special friend Jean) Chevalier, Tom (Juan) Chevalier, John (Jeanne) Chevalier and Annette (Jerry) Hanson; sister-in-law, Reva Chevalier; brother-in-law, Eugene Furst and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Adrian; a daughter-in-law, Wendy and sisters-in-law, Joann Chevalier and Norma Furst.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 21 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 323 S. Pine St., Little Chute, beginning at 2 p.m. until time of the Mass at 5 p.m. Rev. Msgr. James Vanden Hogen will officiate and military rites conducted by the Jacob Coppus American Legion Post 258 will immediately follow. Committal will be at St. John Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, it was his request memorials be given to the Old Glory Honor Flight or a charity of ones choice. OConnell Funeral Home, Little Chute is assisting the family.