Eugene H. Giehl

Eugene H. Giehl passed away on Sunday July 15, 2018 at Mason City Area Nursing Home.
He was born December 10, 1924 the son of Otto F. and Rose Meismer Giehl of Metamora IL. He married Eva Joann Clarence on November 12, 1949, and she proceeded him in death in 2016. He is survived by one son, Ted (Bethanne) Giehl of Worcester MA; two daughters, Judy (Don) Smith of San Jose IL and Mary (Mike) Moos of Sherman IL, one brother, Tom (Vicki) Giehl of Princeton IL, two sisters, Rosemary Huber of Easton IL and Bernadette (Joe) West of Peoria IL. He is also survived by ten grandchildren; Stephanie (Peter) Ramsay of Montgomery IL, Nathan Giehl of Mars Hill NC , Taylor (Stan) Fangmeier of Easton IL, Aaron Becker of Mountainside CA, Tyler Smith of San Jose IL, Josh Becker of New York, NY, Stacey Giehl of Murfreesboro TN, Brandon Giehl of Smyrna TN, Jonathan Moos of Tokyo, Japan and Adam Giehl of Worcester MA, three great-grandchildren; Mackenzie Giehl of Murfreesboro TN, Nicklaus Fangmeier of Easton IL, Zachary Fangmeier of Easton IL; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was proceeded in death by two sons, David Giehl and Michael Giehl, one daughter Diane Dorethy, and one brother Francis Giehl.
Gene served in the U.S Army from 1943 to 1946. He studied engineering in the Army Specialized Training Program, where he was named to the Dean’s list at Harvard University. He served in the European Theatre as a demolition specialist. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 1949. He was in the graduate program at Bradley University while employed by the Northern Regional Research Laboratory in Peoria IL, but his studies were interrupted in 1952 when he moved his family to Mason City to accept the position of Chief Chemist at Fabor Industries. He was later employed by Sherex/Chemtura in Mapleton IL as a process engineer, retiring from there in 1988.
Gene met his future wife Joann at a square dance, and they continued to dance for several years. He was the Scoutmaster of Troop #177 in Mason City for many years. Gene loved to fish. He was also an accomplished woodworker and made many keepsakes for his family. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln IL.
Visitation will be at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City from 10 to 11 am on Wednesday, July 18. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln at 11:45 am. Burial will be at Mason City Cemetery. A dinner will be held at The Hub, 110 East Chestnut, Mason City, Illinois.
Memorial donations may be made to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation, 1004-A O’Reilly Ave. San Francisco, CA 94129, or the Mason City Food Pantry, 1507 E. High, Mason City IL 62664.
Condolences can be left for the family at www.hurleyfh.com. Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City is assisting the family with arrangements.