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Eugene L. Evans, 86, of Brooksville, Florida, died suddenly Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Oak Hill Hospital.
He was born August 15, 1932 and raised in Maspeth, New York. He served proudly and bravely in the United States Army during the Korean War in such places known as Sand Bag Castle and Christmas Hill. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class and was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in a combat zone. He was in charge of a mortar platoon and led his squad to safety when overrun by the Chinese. He returned home and resided in Roselle Park, New Jersey where he was employed as a milk man. He later joined the Teamsters Local 707 becoming an over-the-road truck driver for Spector Freight in Secaucus, New Jersey. Upon retirement he lived in both Hillside and Rahway, New Jersey before spending the remainder of his life in Brooksville Florida. He was an avid reader who enjoyed history and current events. He enjoyed cruising and the many friends he made during this time.
He is preceded in death by his brothers: Chet and Joe. He is survived by his wife: Ortrud (Esser) and her children: James Popow, Thomas Popow, Daniel Popow and Susan Knopp; sister: Margaret (Dragon) and her husband Roy; brother: Bob and his wife Sue; mother of his children: Anne; children: Eugene Jr, Joseph and wife Vera, William, Anne Marie Martis, Steven and his wife Lynn; grandchildren: Alexander, Rena (Mirza) and her husband Dr. Michael, Benjamin, Tyler, Zachary, Shannon, Ashley, Jessica; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service will be held at 12:30pm, Monday, September 10, 2018 at Florida National Cemetery, with military honors. A family memorial get-together is being planned; place, time and date to be announced.