Eugene C. Pfister, 83, of Uhrichsville, Ohio, was welcomed into Heaven on Saturday, October 20, 2018, while peacefully in his home— surrounded by his loved ones— following a brief illness. A faithful Christian servant of God and his country, at long last Gene received his crown of glory.
A son of the late Elmer C. and Alice Lucille (Klein) Pfister, Eugene was born in his family home in Tuscarawas, O. on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1935
Gene is survived by his wife, Sharon (Robinson) Pfister, whom he married on Saturday, June 17, 1995; her children, James (Georgia) Leggett, Scott (Toni) Leggett, Lisa (Robert) Swaney; a daughter, Tammy (Eric) Durbin; his grandchildren, Melinda Reeder, Maurah Leggett, Jamie Leggett, Mckenzie Goodrich, Kimberly (Jason) Edwards, Chase Swaney (fiancé Kyle Morgan), Clayton Swaney, Andrew (Emma) Durbin, Nicholas Durbin, Reagan Durbin; 11 great-grandchildren with another on the way; and many beloved extended family members.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ronald Pfister (d. 2010), a sister-in-law, Linda (Kennedy) Pfister (d. 1992), two beloved cousins, Ralph Lahm (d. 2018) and Phillip Caldwell (d. 2013), and numerous cherished pets.
Gene graduated from Tuscarawas-Warwick H.S. in 1953 and he served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Gene was a grave digger for Sharon Moravian Church in Tuscarawas, O., he worked at the Excelsior plant and for Joy Manufacturing, and he was employed as a bookkeeper by Stocker’s Sand & Gravel Company in Gnadenhutten, O. for 43 years. Although Gene retired in 2002, he continued to handle the mailing for Stocker’s on the first of the month— every month— until he fell ill.
Throughout his life, he was a member of both Sharon Moravian Church and the Uhrichsville Foursquare Church, which he faithfully served in various ways. He loved attending his grandkids’, great-grandkids’, and cousins’ various activities, gardening and working in the barn, snapping pictures of the birds on his bird feeders, the wild turkeys, and the deer in his yard, engaging in charitable giving, and, most of all, spending time with his “puppy dogs”, his “kitties”, his two goats, and his two miniature donkeys.
A private memorial service will be held with Pastor Josh McDonald of Authentic Church in New Philadelphia, O. officiating. Gene’s family extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Community Hospice and to their loved ones who have supported them throughout this trying time, including a special thank you to Barbara Lahm, Sandy Caldwell, and Cheryl Burroway.
Contributions may be made in Gene’s memory to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663, Authentic Church, 201 Stone Creek Road NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663, and the Uhrichsville Foursquare Church, 1943 N. Water St. Ext., Uhrichsville, OH 44683.
R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home