Carbondale’s Eugene ‘Gene’ Stevens

Eugene “Gene” Stevens, 94, of Carbondale died Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Herrin Hospital.

He was born on April 19, 1927 in Carbondale to Floyd and Sylvia (Glascow) Stevens.

On August 27, 1948, he married Evelyn Truenow. They shared 55 years of creating wonderful memories. Evelyn predeceased him on June 6, 2003.

Gene proudly served his country in the US Army. He enlisted from Ft. Sheridan, Ill. During World War II, in Germany, he worked in hospitals as a paramedic and was PFC. He served under Patton’s 3rd Army.

He owned and operated a Kawasaki motorcycle shop in Carbondale for several years called ‘Gene’s Cycle Shop’.

He was a truck driver on the road, delivering goods all over the United States. He was known as the “trucker”.

He was a farmer; he loved fishing and liked to sit, tell stories and talk.

Gene is survived by his children, David (Mary) Stevens of West Frankfort, Linda Farley of Herrin and Marlene (Glenn) Eckert of Gainsville; Florida.; grandchildren Nicole (Dennis) Gade of Marion, Elliot Stevens of West Frankfort and Russell Stevens of St. Louis, Mo.; great-grandchildren Chase and Brooklyn Stevens; and other relatives and many friends.

His parents predeceased him; the Laverne brothers, Bill and James Stevens; one brother-in-law, Bruce Farley; son Daniel Stevens; and a twin daughter, Dorene Stevens, twin to Marlene.

Eugene “Gene” Stevens’ funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022, with Pastor Larry Dean Worthen officiating at Crain Pleasant Grove Murdale Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Full military honors will be bestowed by the Illinois Honor Guard and the Murphysboro American Legion, Post 127.

Visitation will be from noon until time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials can be addressed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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