New Glarus - Eugene F. Stuessy, age 93, a life long resident of New Glarus and World War II veteran, died peacefully at UW-Hospital in Madison on June 10, 2013.
He was born August 4, 1919, the only child of Fred A. and Maude (Hilton ) Stuessy in New Glarus. A 1937 graduate of New Glarus High School and a distinguished athlete, he studied three years at the University of Wisconsin before being inducted into the US Army on September 7, 1941.
While stationed in Texas, on April 8, 1942, he was united in marriage to Helen Mae McQuillin, daughter of Dr. E.D. and Lenore (Sanders) McQuillin from New Glarus. Commissioned as an officer and serving as a platoon leader and company commander of a chemical warfare mortar battalion, he saw action in the Pacific Marianas campaign, on Leyte Island in the Philippines and in Okinawa where he was about 100 yards from Ernie Pyle, the famous American journalist when he was killed by sniper fire on IE Shima. Weeks later, Eugene was severely wounded on Okinawa resulting in the amputation of his leg. He was promoted to the rank of Captain and released from duty August 22, 1946. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal, Purple Heart, three bronze campaign stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one star.
Returning home he joined his father in the New Glarus Hardware Co., along with their partners Joshua and Ken Hoesly as owners of the business until it was sold in 1965. At that time he started working at the Bank of New Glarus until retiring 17 years later.
A loving and generous husband, father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed by his family. Survivors include his three children, E.Craig Stuessy (Nancy Watts) Waukesha, Diane Spencer (Maurice) Madison, and Laren Stuessy (Petra Streiff) New Glarus; seven grandchildren, Janeen Vogel (Jeff DeMinter), Carrie Streiff-Stuessy, Erik Stuessy (Claire), Laura Spencer (Alex Boyes), Michael Spencer (Renae Evert), Peter Stuessy (Carolyn), and Matthew Spencer; four great-grandchildren Brodie, Charlotte, Henry, and Owen Stuessy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Helen in 1986, and grandson James Disch, Jr. in 2001.
A memorial service will be held at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 Sixth Ave., New Glarus, WI on Thursday, June 20, at 2:00 p.m. with visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. until the service begins.
"The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore."
An online memorial with guestbook is available at www.bealfuneralhomes.com.