Eugene H. ‘Gene’ Fosburg
Nov. 4, 1923 - Sept. 23, 2013
GALESBURG, Ill. — Eugene H. “Gene” Fosburg, 89, of Galesburg, Ill. died at 7:12 a.m. Monday, September 23, 2013 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born November 4, 1923, in Galesburg, Ill., to Gustave R. and Elna E. Lindberg Fosburg.
He graduated from Galesburg High School with the Class of 1941 and was employed by Dohrn Transfer Co. in Galesburg as OS&D clerk until he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps on December 10, 1942.
He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant in his military assignment as an Administrative Specialist in HQ of the 435th Troop Carrier Group. He served in the USA, England, Italy, and France with his unit which was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for dropping US Army paratroops, glider infantry, and vital supplies, on target, behind enemy lines on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was authorized to display seven battle campaign stars on his European Theater ribbon and was honorably discharged on October 5, 1945.
He married G. Patricia Stephens on December 31, 1950, in Galesburg; she preceded him in death on February 22, 1984. Their children are Terry Jean Fosburg-Lytle of Galesburg, and Linda Ann (and Robert) Fosburg Althaus of Camanche, Iowa.
He later married Florence Olson-Hendricks on March 30, 1985; she survives. Other survivors are grandson Eric J. Lytle, granddaughter Rebecca L. Lytle, step-sons Philip C. Hendricks of Galesburg, Stanley K. Hendricks of Kansas City, Mo., stepdaughter and stepson-in-law Barbara J. Hendricks-Singer and Steve Singer of New Canaan, Conn., and step-grandsons Steven M. and James A. Singer.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard.
He attended the University of Iowa and the Univ. of Illinois. He retired in 1989 as Customer Service Manager for Dick Blick Co. in Galesburg. Immediately after retirement he sought out the living members of his WWII unit, arranged annual reunions for them at many different sites in the USA, and regularly wrote and mailed newsletters to the pi. The annual reunions ended in 2006, and he continued the newsletters until February 2011.