PRINCETON — Eugene Wendell Scruggs, 87, of Princeton passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle.
Gene was born July 11, 1926, in Mason, Ill., to Dr. Walter and Ruth Scruggs. Gene graduated from Eastern Illinois University, where he was an All-American football player. He married Shirley Evon Scruggs in 1949. She died in 1996.
Gene worked at Pioneer Hi-Bred Seed Co. as the plant manager in Champaign and later moved to Princeton to work in the corporate office for Pioneer. Gene served in the 367th Armored Infantry Battalion in the 4th Platoon in Ft. Knox, Ky. Gene was decorated with a victory medal and was an expert rifleman and was stationed in Japan. He was a golden glove boxer, an avid gardener, and he loved to go antiquing, hunting, fishing and play golf. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.
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