|Eugene H. "Gene" Fosburg, 89, of Galesburg, Ill. died at 7:12 am Monday, September 23, 2013 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born November 4, 1923, in Galesburg, Ill., to Gustave R. and Elna E. Lindberg Fosburg.
He graduated from Galesburg High School with the Class of 1941 and was employed by Dohrn Transfer Co. in Galesburg as OS&D clerk until he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps December 10, 1942. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant in his military assignment as an Administrative Specialist in HQ of the 435th Troop Carrier Group. He served in the USA, England, Italy, and France with his unit which was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for dropping US Army paratroops, glider infantry, and vital supplies, on target, behind enemy lines on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was authorized to display seven battle campaign stars on his European Theater ribbon and was honorably discharged on October 5, 1945.
He married G. Patricia Stephens on December 31, 1950, in Galesburg; she preceded him in death on February 22, 1984. Their children are Terry Jean Fosburg-Lytle of Galesburg, and Linda Ann (and Robert) Fosburg Althaus of Camanche, Iowa.
He later married Florence Olson-Hendricks on March 30, 1985, she survives. Other survivors are grandson Eric J. Lytle, granddaughter Rebecca L. Lytle, step-sons Philip C. Hendricks of Galesburg, Stanley K. Hendricks of Kansas City, Mo., stepdaughter and stepson-in-law Barbara J. Hendricks-Singer and Steve Singer of New Canaan, Conn., step-grandsons Steven M. and James A. Singer, and nephew Dale (and Jennie) Fosburg of Scottsdale, Ariz. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard.
He attended the Univ. of Iowa and the Univ. of Illinois. He retired in 1989 as Customer Service Manager for Dick Blick Co. in Galesburg. Immediately after retirement he sought out the living members of his WWII unit, arranged annual reunions for them at many different sites in the USA, and regularly wrote and mailed newsletters to the pi. The annual reunions ended in 2006, and he continued the newsletters until February 2011.
He was a member of the American Legion and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for many years.
Prior to working for Dick Blick Co., he had several other job assignments. He sold insurance for Guarantee Mutual Life Ins. Co., The Prudential Insurance Co., State Farm Mutual Ins. Co., and Aetna Life & Casualty Co. He was also a property Insurance Claim Adjuster for Western Adjustment & Inspection Co., and spent several years in the household goods moving and storage business as Manager of Ferris-Mayflower of Galesburg and Account Salesman for Kreigsman-Mayflower of Pekin, Ill.
He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Galesburg since 1938. He spent many years as a member and four-time President of the civic club Cosmopolitan International. He was a member of Barbershop quartet singers. He was an 8-gallon blood donor for the American Red Cross, and enjoyed watching sports events and playing golf and bowling.
Gene's greatest satisfaction in life was finding his WWII Army buddies that were still alive. He was shown how to connect with them and never stopped looking. Reunions were held for over 20 years, meeting in cities all over the US.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 am Friday, September 27, 2013 in Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Dr. Tom Larsen will officiate. Visitation will be 4-6 pm Thursday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens with Military Rites by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Galesburg Rescue Mission or Knox County Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.