Eugene ‘Gene’ A. Waldschmidt

By on April 27, 2010

Eugene “Gene” A. Waldschmidt, 81, of Maple Park, formerly of Wheaton, Ill., passed away suddenly following heart complications Sunday, April 25, 2010.

He was born Oct. 8, 1928, in Minonk, Ill., the son of Peter and Edith Waldschmidt.

Gene grew up in Blackstone and attended St. Paul School in Odell, Ill., where he graduated with the class of 1946.

Gene faithfully served in the Illinois National Guard before defending his country during the Korean War.

There was only one woman for Gene, and her name was Dorothy Dutko, whom he met on a blind date. Fate joined them in marriage when they were married at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Bloomington, Ill., in 1954.

They began their new life together in Streator, Ill., and later moved to Wheaton. Following Gene’s retirement, they moved to Morton, Ill., before returning to Maple Park to be closer to their family.

Gene’s first job was tending to the fields as a farmer with his father for a time. He also was a truck driver until he left for Korea. Upon his return, he worked again as a truck driver and later was a salesman for both Doenges Stationary in Wheaton and J.A. Sexauer Plumbing and Heating Supply.

Gene was a faithful member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park and was proud to ride as a member of the Streator Motorcycle Club, as well as the infamous “Blackstone Cowboys” that was made up of Gene and three of his brothers.

Gene also seemed to be busy and his mind always working. He loved working puzzles, playing Scrabble and reading his favorite mystery authors such as Jack Higgins and Robert Ludlum. He also loved to garden and work with wood, creating one of-a kind birdhouses and Christmas decorations for family and friends. His faith was his bedrock, and no time was more treasured than those times he was surrounded by family.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, seven children, Aline Waldschmidt of Geneva, Kevin (Ella) Waldschmidt of Las Vegas, Mark (Lori) Waldschmidt of Winfield, Ill., Melanie (Robert) of Wheaton, David (Donelle) Waldschmidt of Aurora, Joseph (Stephanie) Waldschmidt of Batavia, and Neil (Melanie) Waldschmidt of Geneva; 16 grandchildren, Brian, Lisa, Jessica, Joshua, Stephen, Michael, Matthew, Robyn, Thomas, Alicia, Katie, Brandon, Ethan, Nathaniel, Claire and Matison; four great-grandchildren, Kayla, Madeleine, Jayden and Caleb; three sisters, Lorraine (Bob) Simpson of Largo, Fla., Mary Lou Bedeker of Blackstone, Ill., and Edith (Harvey) Grieff of Odell, Ill.; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, John, Richard, James and Bernard; and two sisters, Norma and Mary Margaret.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 29, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Rosary will be said at 5:30 p.m. with a wake service to follow at 6 p.m. A mass to celebrate his life will be Friday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park. Fr. Joachim Tyrtania, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will occur at a later date following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. Mary of the Assumption, Maple Park Maintenance Fund. Checks may be made to the “Eugene Waldschmidt Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at