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.
Gene is survived by his wife, Ethel of Princeton; his brother, David (Ginny) of Mt. Vernon; his three sons, Mike (Susan) of Bourbonnais, Jim (Sue) of Princeton and Paul (Vickie) of Paola, Kan.; his six grandchildren, Matt Scruggs, Adam Scruggs, Tyler Scruggs, Kevin Scruggs, Kelly Phillips and TJ Scruggs; four great-grandchildren; one nephew; and four stepchildren, Mark Foresman, Mike Foresman, Eric Foresman and Amy Watson.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Wanda; and his wife, Evon.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Funeral services will be at noon, also at Norberg's.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Illinois Veterans Home or Alzheimer's Association.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.